John B. Mortise

Mortise to run for re-election as councilman

Published Aug 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

Republican John B. Mortise will seek re-election to the Rome Common Council’s Second Ward seat in the fall for a fifth term, he has announced.

Mortise, who turns 30 on Aug. 22, lives at 6744 Route 233. He graduated from Oriskany Central School. He works for Ber-Mor Gas Service and Vineall Ambulance. He is also a member of the Stanwix Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He plans to be married in October.

“I am running for re-election as the Second Ward city councilman because I would like to improve the visual aspect of the ward,” he said in his announcement. He said there are too many abandoned houses in the ward, and they must either be “fixed up and sold or torn down.” He praised the city and the residents of his southeast Rome ward for “a wonderful job with cleaning up our ward. It looks much nicer.” He said he is always happy to listen to his constituents and does his best to take care of their issues. Citywide, he said, he wants to save money in some areas and lower taxes “so that they are more affordable for the people who are living in the city.”

Mortise specifically congratulated non-profit developer DePaul Community Services for its plans to demolish the former DeWitt Clinton Elementary School in his ward on Ann Street to make way for its construction of a new housing complex. “This project is what Rome needs: a nice moderate income living where you have to hold a job or have an income to live there.”

All seven council seats are up for election in the fall. Each has a two-year term. The salary for the part-time position is $10,221 this year.