OSWEGO, NY – When the youngest mayor in North Carolina needs a little advice, she turns to the youngest mayor in New York.
Genna Losurdo is mayor of her third grade class at Abbott Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C.
Her honor the mayor, 8, and her sister, Brielle Losurdo, 9, accompanied their parents north to visit family in the Port City for the holiday. One thing on her to do list was to meet with Oswego’s mayor.
Genna said she was elected by her classmates.
“It was part of our government learning experience,” she pointed out.
She told Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow her platform included things like being nice to people and following the rules.
“I always stick to the rules and want to make things better,” she told Oswego County Today.
She showed Mayor Barlow her campaign poster that spelled out Genna – Great, Extra smart, Not rude, Not a quitter, Amazing.
Then, she wanted to know why Barlow wanted to be mayor.
“I wanted to be mayor to make the city a better place,” he told his young visitor. “And, make it a place where more people would like to live and work and visit.”
“Do you like your job?” she asked.
“I do!” Mayor Barlow replied. “As long as we continue to make a positive difference in the community, I’ll enjoy being the mayor.”
Mayor Losurdo wanted to know what Oswego’s mayor did before he took office.
He was the city’s Fifth Ward Councilor. He owns a food concession business and he works for New York State Assembly, he said.
What was the mayor’s best idea?
“I’d say applying for $10 million in downtown revitalization funding (which the city won),” he said.
Was he surprised at anything since becoming mayor?
“How big of a difference you can actually make. Because, I knew what the mayor’s job was. And, I knew how much was involved in it. But I was surprised at just how many people look to the mayor for help and how big a difference you can actually make, which is bigger than I thought,” he said. “It’s a bigger job once you’re here, once you get involved.”
Mayor Losurdo said she enjoyed her visit with her counterpart in Oswego.
She even asked the mayor for his autograph.
Rumor has it she’s eyeing a re-election bid for fourth grade.