OSWEGO, NY – Kevin Hill (Republican) of 136 W. Bridge St., has announced his candidacy for alderman of Oswego’s Third Ward.
Hill is a graduate of Oswego High School with an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego.
He was a participant in New York State’s Public Management Institute and holds a Management Certificate from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Hill returned to Oswego in 2013 to partner in his family business, JP Jewelers, after spending several years in Albany working for the State of New York.
“When I returned to Oswego I focused primarily on the family business. I’ve always cared deeply about my hometown, but it wasn’t until the recent mayoral election that I could feel a change in the air. There are levels of excitement and renewed hope in our city that I’ve never felt before,” said Hill. “Under the leadership of Mayor Barlow and the Common Council, the city of Oswego has undergone a period of unprecedented progress. I am looking forward to the opportunity to represent my neighbors in the Third
Ward and I am excited for the chance to work with the mayor and his administration to help shape Oswego’s renewed future.”
In addition to co-owning and operating a small business, Hill is an active member of the community.
He holds various volunteer positions with several local organizations, including the Sunrise Rotary Club, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee, Oswego Health Foundation Business Giving Committee and Shop Oswego Live Oswego (SOLO), which advocates on behalf of small independent businesses within the community.
Hill is also president of the Board of Directors of the Safe Haven Holocaust
Refugee Shelter Museum, which was the only shelter in the entire United States for European refugees of World War II.
“With countless unique natural and cultural assets, and recent advances in the process to obtain National Park Status for Fort Ontario and Safe Haven, as well as the application for the Great Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary, Oswego is positioned to be a leader in regional tourism, historical
research and scientific exploration. We must preserve, protect and capitalize on these assets as they will be an integral part of a well-diversified sustainable economy,” said Hill.
He also serves on the City’s Planning Board, Events Committee and Poverty Reduction Task Force.
“I am proud to give back to my community and I can think of no better way to serve and make a meaningful lasting contribution than through public service,” he said.
Hill expressed support for recent code enforcement efforts and indicated a commitment to intensifying those efforts to further improve the quality of life for all residents of the city.
“Living and owning a business on Bridge Street, I know firsthand the challenges that exist along this vital thoroughfare. State Route 104 runs
through the heart of our city and we must work together with business and property owners to improve this window to our community. Great strides have been made under the new Code Enforcement Office and we must provide the resources necessary to sustain and enhance these vital efforts throughout our city,” said Hill.
Hill also expressed support for efforts to make Oswego more business-friendly to encourage development and much-needed investment.
He applauded the current administration for streamlining processes in
several departments and successfully applying for and winning $10 million through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which he hopes will act as a catalyst for significant private investment throughout the city.
“I am excited for the possibility of working with our downtown residents and business owners as implementation of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Plan gets under way. As a small business owner, I recognize the importance of and will advocate for a strong downtown,” said Hill.
He also indicated a commitment to working with the mayor and other councilors to sustain current efforts to stabilize water and sewer rates, while continuing to seek out creative ways to reduce this burden on city
“Most importantly, during the campaign I will be visiting residents of the Third Ward and listening to their concerns. I look forward to these conversations, which will shape and influence my priorities if I am given the opportunity to serve on the Common Council,” said Hill. “The Third Ward encompasses so many important institutions in our community: the campus, the hospital, schools, our downtown businesses, community partners and financial institutions, but most significantly our neighborhoods. It is important that we work collaboratively with all of these groups to move our city forward.”
Hill concluded by expressing his commitment to, “being part of a responsible, responsive and effective city government that is decisive and gets the job done for all residents of the city.”