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2015-12-30 / Front Page

Greene motivated to serve town

by STEVEN JAGORD
Editor


Greene Greene When the Town Board convenes for its annual organizational meeting in January, a newer face to Clarence town politics will join Councilmen Robert Geiger and Peter DiCostanzo alongside Supervisor elect Patrick Casilio Jr. to make decisions that will shape the future of the town.

Chris Greene, who ran unopposed for election to the board in November, succeeds outgoing Councilman Bernard Kolber.

The United Business Systems salesman and current president-elect of the Clarence Rotary Club and his wife, Katie, moved to Clarence 10 years ago to start a family. He said crumbling road conditions at the north end of Goodrich Road initially pushed him to get involved in town politics.

“Single-vehicle accidents have become commonplace, and I believe the road conditions contribute greatly to many of the accidents,” Greene said. “After a couple of fatalities, I started contacting various local elected officials to lobby for safety improvements. It was a natural progression to start taking an active interest in other local issues, and I began attending Town Board meetings.

“Eventually, I started believing that I could do the job better, and this year, I decided to take a chance at running for a Town Council seat.”

Greene said the most immediate need of the Town Board will be to appoint a new council member to fill Casilio’s council seat, which will be vacant once he is sworn in as supervisor. After that, the father of four boys hopes to tackle a project he repeatedly heard residents request while campaigning for his Town Board seat.

“From May to September, I walked door to door meeting residents and listening to their views on local government,” Greene said. “Most people are happy with the overall quality of the services that Clarence provides, but I kept a list of requests.

“By far, the largest desire expressed was the creation of a dog park. I’ve done some research, and based on what other local municipalities have done, I believe that we can make a dog park in Clarence a reality with little to no expense to taxpayers. I do not expect the process to be quick, but I definitely have a strategy mapped out.”

Greene added that whether in paid employment or volunteer work, he has developed a reputation as someone who can be relied upon to always go above and beyond to get the job done.

“I will not be a passive councilman that simply shows up twice a month to attend board meetings,” he said.

The Town Board organizational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Town Hall, 1 Town Place.

email: sjagord@beenews.com

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