Councilor Fiorini-Parsons announces re-election bid for Fourth Ward seat
Republican Councilor Sharie Fiorini-Parsons has announced her bid for re-election in the Fourth Ward.
Fiorini-Parsons is a 1984 graduate of Rome Free Academy. After high school, she attended Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, Fla., where she received a certificate in travel and tourism.
For the last 30 years, she has been employed by Par Technology, with experience ranging from travel coordination to accounts payable and payroll.
Fiorini-Parsons is married to Scott Parsons and they have four daughters, Danielle, Ariana, Kari and Chelsea. She is a lifelong Roman and has resided at 927 W. Thomas St. for the last 17 years.
During her first term, she focused on improving the community by working on the city’s ongoing water project, blight, recycling improvements and street repairs, she noted.
She worked on projects to ensure parks are clean and safe for the community. She participated on the Community Development Advisory Committee to develop the Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan for 2017.
As chair of Community Development and Human Services, she helped to create the Rome Youth Council Committee composed of Rome Free Academy students interested in government and making a difference in the future of Rome.
She noted her support for the new Emergency Services tower to enhance communications for the City of Rome and Oneida County first responders.
Throughout her first term, she held quarterly ward meetings in which her constituents had the opportunity to discuss concerns directly with her. She also helped Liberty Gardens acquire four community gardens.
Should she be re-elected, she said she will continue to build upon many of the initiatives she embarked upon during her first tenure.
“I grew up in a family that is very community oriented and I want to continue that tradition. I am committed to the Fourth Ward and I will fight to revitalize our community. To grow as a community, we must work together to reduce crime in our neighborhoods, clean up our streets, increase jobs and keep a handle on property taxes.”
Fiorini-Parsons’ father, Gerald Fiorini, chairman for the Oneida County Board of Legislators, said, “I’m proud to see my daughter remain engaged in her community. I have a huge sense of pride witnessing her carry out her legislative priorities during her first term and I wish her the best of luck in this upcoming election. In a few words, all I can say is, ‘I am one proud father.’”
Fiorini-Parsons has been endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties, and is running for re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
She is being challenged by Democrat and former councilor Ramona L. Smith.
There are seven council seats, and each carries a two-year term.