A longtime Syracuse developer and key voice in the City is supportive of a new form of metro government.
Bob Doucette is the President of Armory Square Development and Management.
He has been investing in the City for years starting a couple decades back with Armory Square and continuing on South Salina Street in the heart of downtown Syracuse.
The Consensus Commission on Modernizing Local Government last week released a report with 50 recommendations including its biggest one, bringing together the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County into one entity.
“I know for a fact change is very, very scary for people no question about it, I get it, but we need to look at some different solutions because we’re not going in the right direction.” Doucette tells NewsChannel 9.
He rejects, as does Consensus, the notion that Syracuse will be eaten up by Onondaga County.
“The idea that the City is going to be taken over by the County, that we’re going to cease to exist and that’s a very passionate argument but its simply not the case. The City of Syracuse will still exist.” He says.
Consensus recommends a new government with a directly elected executive, 29 legislative districts and four at-large districts. They say it can save up to $23-million annually.
Doucette says, “There are cities in this country and regions that have done this and in some cases have turned around their economies and their fortunes like Nashville, Louisville, and Indianapolis Indiana.”
He says it goes even further than savings and efficiencies.
“This plan gives us a new vision, a new way to look at ourselves and how we can propel ourselves into the future.” Doucette says.
If all 50 recommendations are adopted Consensus says the community stands to see $33-million in annual savings.