October 15, 2017
HORNELL, NY – Statement From Alderman Jim Bassage of Hornell:
I would like to announce my endorsement of John Buckley for Mayor for the City of Hornell.
Over the past six years, I have served side by side with John on the Common Council, I am familiar with John and see the qualities that he possesses that I believe will make him well suited to be our next Mayor. John has also served as the Deputy Mayor, which has allowed him to develop the experience, community mindfulness and awareness of how city government works. Theses qualities that make him the best choice for our next mayor John has interacted with residents from across the city and has worked to resolve their issues. As Deputy mayor, he has also developed a good working knowledge of the city departments and has developed a good working relationships with them as well. John has passion for public service and understands the responsibility that comes with stepping into the public service arena. I have heard him say many times that he wants to improve the quality of life for residents of Hornell and make Hornell a great place to live and raise a family. I see this played out in his efforts to meet and listen to people throughout the City of Hornell. An example is his holding Town Hall events on topics that are of interest to the residents of Hornell but also important to our region. Another example is his most recent Front Porch visits in each of the wards in the city. Through these informal visits, John has offered residents the opportunity to talk with him where they live and provided them the chance to share their concerns and issues.
John is a tireless worker who recognizes the value of hard work. He has a full-time job, serves as Deputy Mayor, is the Chairman of the Hornell Republican Committee, and assists local candidates with their campaigns. John has also developed connections to state and federal representatives such as; State Assemblyman Joe Errigo, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, State Senator Tom O’Mara, and Congressman Tom Reed.
Over the past 32 years Hornell has enjoyed growth and many new and exciting opportunities thanks to the leadership of Mayor Shawn Hogan. We are seeing many new developments in the city of Hornell and these are the outcomes of Shawn’s hard work and stewardship. I also believe there are many more promising opportunities awaiting Hornell in our future. As we look to the future of Hornell it is critical that our next mayor has the experience, working knowledge of the city, a strong work ethic, and political connections continue Hornell on this path of growth. I believe John Buckley is the best choice and I am proud to endorse him for Mayor for the City of Hornell.