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Professor Emeritus of Physics, Cornell University
Mayor, Village of Lansing since 1996
Member, Board of Trustees, since 1989
Since becoming Mayor of the Village of Lansing in 1996 I have focused on keeping the Village on a solid financial footing and improving our infrastructure. This has been carried out on a pay-as-you-go basis and as a result the Village has comfortable reserve funds and no debt.
This past year we have repaved Triphammer Road; rebuilt Bush Lane, including a new water main, a storm water drainage system, and wider shoulders for safer pedestrian use. And, after a 20-year effort, the Village has secured Northwood Road as a Village thoroughfare, and reconstructed it to safely connect to other, previously isolated village roads. This coming year, the Village will reconstruct Graham Road West as a Village roadway. During the next two years, another focus of activity will be upgrading and expanding our sewer system
The Village property tax rate remains among the lowest in New York State for the level of services that the Village provides. This has been possible by having a small, very dedicated staff, by careful attention to financial commitments, and by outsourcing design and construction activities as much as possible.
Last summer, I retired as Professor of Physics at Cornell after 48 years at Cornell. I am continuing as Professor Emeritus in Physics with an active research program in superconducting radio frequency cavity development. I also do a lot of oversight of various programs funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. This has included three trips to Antarctica including twice to the South Pole.
Being Mayor of the Village of Lansing is my way of giving back to the society that has been very good to me and my family. I would very much like to continue to serve as your Mayor.