OSWEGO, NY – Mayoral candidate Amy Tresidder presented her goals and vision for the city of Oswego on Wednesday at the second of three meet the candidate events sponsored by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Customer service is one of the best things you can provide, according to Tresidder.
“When you talk about government as opposed to business, there are two different goals there. Business goals are to grow and create profit; to survive, that’s what you have to do. The government’s roll is to provide service,” she said. “What do they have in common? The delivery of service has to be efficient. It increases profits for business and is the bottom line for government.”
To run efficiently, government needs to look at its budget “constantly, you have to aware of everything that’s going on,” she said. “You have got to be involved to the point where you know what’s going on but you’re not mired in the details.”
Sales tax revenue is Oswego’s largest source of income. “Without your business, this city could not survive,” she told the more than a dozen small business owners in the audience.
She stressed the importance of shopping local.
Oswego hasn’t necessarily become worse, “we’ve become different,” she said in describing the evolving economy.
“We just need to make sure that we let people know what we have,” she said. “We need to keep our downtown clean. We need to show respect for our downtown.”
Tresidder addressed questions from the audience including how to make the city more attractive to young people, what can be done to draw in new businesses, housing issues and other topics.
Check back later for our Mikayla Kemp’s report on today’s meeting.