February 19th, 2018
HORNELL, NY – Hornell Mayor John Buckley opened Monday night’s meeting with his first State of the City Address since taking office.
“The state of the city is strong,” said the Mayor, “In my lifetime, I have never witnessed so much positive activity in our city.” He went on to say that our housing, the economy, employment are all nothing short astonishing. “We are a city on the move!”
Although 99% of his speech held praise for the city, there were a few issues that he says need addressed. Buckley says that he has made the drug and opioid epidemic in our community a top priority, and is closely working with the Hornell PD, Sherriff’s Dept., State Police, and District attorney’s office sharing resources and manpower to battle this problem. Also a top priority is the education of our students and youth through town hall meetings and seminars at the high school about the dangers and consequences of drug addiction.
Buckley also went on to say that this year’s budget will be very challenging as well. “One again the city must tighten its belt, and do more with less. Resident can help also through actively recycling garbage as that is a major expense that continues to rise.”