BILL'S COMMITMENT TO YOU
My approach to representing you is simple.
- Work hard every day.
- Listen and respond to constituents.
- Use common sense.
- Be prepared to stand up to the majority.
- Spend each public dollar as if it were my own, very last dollar
My pledge to you is this:
- I will work hard to ensure that the issues that affect our future are tackled decisively.
BILL KINNE BELIEVES YOU DESERVE FAIR ELECTIONSHistorically, Republicans have had a majority in the Onondaga County Legislature. However, after the last US Census, they manipulated electoral districts to consolidate their hold on the county legislature. They carved up the City of Syracuse into little pieces, and shoehorned those pieces into neighboring and often solidly Republican towns, thereby diluting the vote of city residents. People on the same street are often in two or three different districts! Our county citizens shouldn't have to use a magnifying glass and a map to determine what district they are in, and who represents them. Bill Kinne will fight to make electoral district lines fair and sensible, based on geography of neighborhoods and town boundaries.
ONONDAGA COUNTY MUST DO ITS PART TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE.Bill Kinne will work to expand Renewable Energy & Green Initiatives until County Operations are Carbon Neutral.
Bill Kinne believes in science. He understands the threat now facing our planet. He says: "Our economy, and our children's futures are at stake. A county-wide plan for transition to all renewable energy must be developed immediately, and some common sense actions should happen now, such as switching out all incandescent lighting for LED lighting, which will save not only 75% of the electricity needed for the same amount of light, but also 75% of the cost of paying for lighting of county properties." Bill believes the county would be wise to develop sustainability standards which would be applied to all publicly financed construction or improvements, and to economic development projects for which county or city tax breaks are sought.
ONONDAGA COUNTY MUST ADDRESS URGENT NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSINGBill Kinne says: "The City of Syracuse has seen increases in high dollar housing for students and upper income wage earners, but neither the City or the County has seen much in the way of development of workforce housing, that can accommodate people who earn the average wages that are paid in this County."
"We need to provide incentives for developers to develop or revive housing that meets the community's needs, not just their profit profiles, before we grant building permits or tax deals. We need to see more mixed income housing, throughout not just Syracuse but our towns as well."
Mr. Kinne points out that in June 2019, a report showed that Syracuse ranked as the "55th most expensive rental market in the nation" with prices of one- and two-bedrooms at medians of $970 and $1,050 per month, respectively." (Source:syracuse.com) What that means is, a person making NY's minimum wage, $11.10 an hour, working 40 hours every single weekday of the year, would have to spend half a year's pay just to cover the rent for a one bedroom apartment.
In order to have housing costs fall within recommended guidelines of 25-30% of household income, a Syracuse household would need to have an income of over $40,000 a year to afford the $1,050 a month for the two bedroom apartment. Although the average income of an Onondaga County resident, at $29,156, is almost $10,000 a year more than the average income for a Syracuse resident, ( $19,283) neither person could afford the $970 monthly rent for the one bedroom apartment, and still keep it within 30% of household income.
FOCUS MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES ON TRAINING, SKILLS & SMALL BUSINESSBill Kinne believes that Onondaga County's economic development investment must include training more people so they have skills for today’s jobs, and so they can grow more skills for tomorrow’s jobs. We need to make it possible for people to keep their present jobs while they build skills so they can be promoted or change fields to advance in their careers. Night or weekend classes, child care, online learning modules, low cost payment plans and work/study assistance all can help lift up low-pay working people who want to get ahead, and who just need the tools and knowledge to make it happen. Without changes in delivery of skills training, people can be trapped in low paying jobs they need to keep to survive.
Additionally, we need to make more resources available to very small businesses and entrepreneurs, with micro-loans and grants to help with startup costs early, in the first two years of a business’s life, when there are no Small Business loans available to them.