Pacilio Highlights In-depth Knowledge, Connections to Village and State Government Vying for Mayor of Sackets Harbor | Jefferson County
SACKETS HARBOR – Mark A. Pacilio says he knows this village and he knows his government. That’s why he wants to become his next mayor.
Mr Pacilio, a current village administrator who has been in and out of local politics since 1999, said he has seen the value and potential that can be realized when a local government works in the best interests of its people. voters. He wants to bring that spirit to the fore at Sackets Harbor.
“I think local government is one of the most important things in this country, because of its structure,” Mr. Pacilio said. “Local government is the level of government closest to you. “
The 57-year-old has a long history in the north of the country. Originally from Utica, he moved to Sackets Harbor in 1999 to work as Executive Director of the NNY Section of the American Red Cross and concurrently became President of the Sackets Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
He ran a number of businesses in the village with his wife and in 2003 was elected village administrator for the first time. After two terms, including one as deputy mayor, he became chief of staff to former MP Addie Jenne.
After the MP was removed from office in 2016, Mr. Pacilio returned to Sackets Harbor and in 2020 kept the promise he made when he visited Albany in 2008 – to return to the government of town. He was re-elected to the village board in 2020 and, in early 2021, announced his intention to run for mayor.
In addition to his work as an administrator, Mr. Pacilio is also an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.
Mr. Pacilio said his experience here at home and in Albany prepared him to work with the right people to get things done for Sackets Harbor.
“I was proud, as a senior member of Addie Jenne’s staff we were noted in the assembly for our excellent work at the voter and local government level,” he said. “Work at the constituents level, a key part of it is understanding the region. “
In his mayoral bid, Mr Pacilio said he had a few key points he would like to bring to the attention of the village government. First, he said he wanted to see the village continue to support its tourism economy and facilitate coordinated efforts between downtown businesses.
He also said he wanted the Sackets Harbor building stock to continue to grow and the village should push to market itself as an attractive place to start a family.
“There are two active neighborhoods that are building houses, and two more are on the rise,” he said. “In total, four developments are opening their doors soon and we have to make the point that the residential community is growing.”
He said there was no problem with the village being a dormitory community for nearby Watertown or Fort Drum, as any residential growth will always help grow the economy of the village.
He pledged the transparency of village government and said his administration would keep in touch with the residents of Sackets Harbor on what is being done.
“I can tell you right away that you will receive regular communications from us, from the mayor, on things that are happening in this community,” he said. “There’s a lot to say, and we just aren’t doing it right now. “
Mr. Pacilio also wishes to devote time to village infrastructure. He said the village has generally maintained its facilities, streets, lights and water supply systems well so far, but it is important that they start saving now for large projects in the future. , namely the main water intake for Lake Ontario.
“We get our water from the lake, and that’s key because it gives us high quality water relatively easily,” he said, “but while we have that luxury, we have to make sure we maintain it. . “
He said the water intake is nearing the end of its useful life and the village’s sewage treatment plant will also need attention in the future.
Mr. Pacilio said he saw the maintenance of the village’s infrastructure as an integral part of the mayor’s job.
“Being mayor is not only having these big ideas to increase traffic downtown, it is also managing every part of our public works,” he said.
Mr. Pacilio said his long history in state politics, working in Albany, gave him a head start in handling intergovernmental affairs. With the wide range of state investments in Sackets Harbor, such as the Market Square Park renovation project funded by the REDI Commission, he said the village’s next mayor will need to have a good understanding of how to work with it. the state government.
Mr. Pacilio also has some ideas on how the village’s public safety mission can be better achieved. Sackets Harbor has a small police force, and Mr Pacilio said they don’t have the basic issues that some large towns have had with their officers, it is important for the village to think about the future of the police.
While some people in the village may suggest the police department can be done away with entirely, Mr Pacilio said he believes it is important to have a local police force, made up of people who live and work in Sackets Harbor and know their neighbors.
“The idea of having a relationship with your local public security officers, it allows them to better understand the root of any problem and really solve it,” he said. “We must have a responsible public security service, accountable for its size and its actions.”
Mr. Pacilio won the support of the Democratic Party in his run for mayor during the June caucus. He will appear under two party lines on the Nov. 2 general election ballot – Democrat and Sackets Strong.