Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin Announces Bid For Reelection
Cortland City Mayor Brian Tobin announced Monday that he is seeking reelection to the office he has held for the past 17 months.
In a low key announcement Monday, Tobin made it official, he will seek a second two year term as Cortland’s Mayor.
The Democrat has served as a city councilor prior to running for the Mayor’s Office.
During an interview yesterday Tobin touted his accomplishments over the past two years, he pointed out that taxes have remained stable while the city has maintained or even improved services.
Tobin says he has followed through on his original campaign promises which included focusing on improving Main Street, stabilizing neighborhoods, and supporting youth development programs.
Tobin says the rental registry program is still moving forward which is aimed at not only reducing the conversion of single family homes into student housing, but will also improve the city’s housing stock in the long-term.
Tobin pointed to the recent Main Street tax abatement passed by the City Council as a step forward for downtown, and his support of the youth bureau to encourage positive activities for Cortland’s younger residents.
Tobin says he wants to continue working with surrounding municipalities like Homer and Cortlandville to look for ways to share or consolidate services.
Tobin says if reelected he would like to focus on updating the city’s aging facilities, specifically addressing the outdated and deteriorating city fire stations. The main firehouse on Court Street is not large enough to house the fire departments modern trucks and the second fire station on South Franklin Street is need of some repairs and updates.
Tobin also pointed out that the city is preparing to make a nearly $14 million dollar investment in the waste water treatment plant that will reduce operating costs, improve operations, and make the plant compliant with the new environmental standards.
Tobin says he looks forward to knocking on doors in the weeks ahead and not only asking for residents support for another term in office, but also to hear their questions and concerns.
So far no primary or general election challengers have emerged to run against Tobin.