Izzo to run again with eye on upcoming projects

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Republican Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo will seek a second term.

“With so many great projects on our docket now, and many more on the horizon, I am very proud to lead this city, and I will be seeking re-election,” she announced at a press conference in the REACH Center this morning, joining Democrat David Halpin and Republican David Mattoon as the third declared candidate in the Nov. 5 race.

In her 2019 campaign’s opening remarks, the mayor touted her various economic development schemes, emphasizing her adminstration’s flagship project, the Downtown Revitalization Intiative, or DRI.

“Obviously no project is bigger in this city right now than this $10 million development that will take place here, with many facilities being transformed over the next couple years,” Izzo said.

“We’re going to have lots of construction here.”

In south Rome, Izzo pointed to the DeWitt Clinton apartment complex currently under construction, improvements to Bellamy Harbor Park, and the planned Byrne Dairy gas station near Coalyard Charlie’s as examples of successful development.

The new Stewart’s store on Erie Boulevard represents private sector interest in west Rome, the mayor added.

The planned Hannaford’s grocery store on Turin and Chestnut streets is “the biggest announcement to be made in our north,” she said, and on the city’s east side, former industrial sites like those on East Dominick Street and Harbor Way are primed for redevelopment.

The city has also been in contact with developers interested in “key” development sites, she said, referring to the former Woodhaven-Wright Park Manor zone, the lot across from City Hall on West Dominick Street, and a site called building 240 on Griffiss.

“We have begun the canvassing process for those proposals, they will hold great promise for us as we move into the future,” said Izzo.

Other grants received under her watch will “help greatly offset” costs of infrastructure upkeep and state mandates, “resulting in millions of dollars in savings for our taxpayers,” she said.

The mayor touted falling unemployment and two years with no tax increase as evidence of the success of her administration’s push for economic development.

Izzo, 57, was elected to her first four-year term in 2015 when she defeated incumbent Joseph R. Fusco. She is a 1979 graduate of Rome Catholic High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations-journalism from Utica College in 1984.

Before becoming mayor, she was owner and president of Upstate New York Professional Services, a company that provides medical transcription/dictation services to hospitals, physician offices and urgent care clinics nationally.

Her mayoral salary in 2019 will be $91,734.

Mattoon, also seeking the Republican nomination in the mayoral race, said he would “pray for Mayor Izzo’s success as our leader,” and that he “look(s) forward to a mutually respectful election” in the fall.

Democratic candidate Halpin could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

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