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I have lived in Canton most of my life (graduate of Canton Central, SUNY Canton and Clarkson University) and hope to remain here for the duration.

With my business expertise and deep-rooted passion for Canton, I aim to ensure the long-term prosperity of Canton, its citizens and business community. I ask that Canton residents vote for me for village trustee.

I believe we need a candidate who can focus on the economic development and financial management component of village operations. As my relevant educational and professional background was previously discussed, I focus on property taxes and economic development as a key village issue.

Beyond essential village services, the main focus of the village board should be addressing our high property taxes through focused economic development. I applaud the village board for stabilizing property taxes, but I believe more can be done.

We need an economic development that prioritizes projects with a direct economic impact on the community (e.g., development of taxable/for-profit businesses). The Midtown Plaza is a prime example. This property has been an eyesore for more than a decade. We need more proactive measures to develop this property.

Longtime residents will remember a time when the Midtown Plaza flourished with businesses such as Axtell Sports, The Jubilee and Smith’s Department Store. I am convinced that if we work together as a community and engage the two universities as our partners, we can once again turn this property into a driver of economic growth.

We underutilize our universities. Both universities have highly creative and talented faculty and students. Let us follow the example of our economic developer and offer students experiential learning opportunities that enhance their learning experience while benefiting economic development in Canton.

As a graduate student, I had the privilege of working with our economic developer. I was able to develop a village/town website (cantonnewyork.us), various marketing materials and assist with grant writing activities, all at a fraction of the cost to hire a professional. This experience also resulted in personal and professional growth, which was critical to my career development.

It is this type of creativity in using limited resources to achieve big results that we need more of in the village of Canton. I believe I am the candidate who best exhibits the professionalism, expertise and innovative thinking required to get the job done.

Nick Kocher

Canton

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