New Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is embarking on a listening tour across the county, he says will be helpful to his administration as well as the people they serve.

The first upcoming listening session will be on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Skaneateles Town Hall.  A full list is below.

McMahon is coming off what he says was a highly successful meeting last week hosted by the NAACP at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse.

“When we’re out and we’re accessible is we get feedback and we can help people right away with some things that they we’re aware about that were available to them, different services, we learn every time about different opportunities to partner with local businesses and we get good residents who are eager to be part of the team and serve on things like community boards,” McMahon says.

He had served nearly 7 years as Chair of the Onondaga County Legislature before assuming the County Executive’s job when former Executive Joanie Mahoney stepped down.

McMahon tells NewsChannel 9, “Obviously as Chair of the Legislature it’s not that I don’t know what’s happening in Skaneateles or I don’t know what’s happening in the City or Clay or Cicero but now you have the ability to interact more and have a direct impact on some of the issues very quickly.”

One of those issues high on his agenda for the next 12 months is poverty, not just in Syracuse, but across the county.

“There’s many services available to people when they’re down and out that we need to do a better job getting those services to these people and then we need to create career ladders to some of these folks so they can get out of the generational poverty and get into the workforce.  So there’s lots of different things you can talk about, health, housing, transportation, economic development in neighborhoods,” McMahon says.

The other top priorities are infrastructure and a new approach to economic development.

McMahon says, “I feed off of being engaged with people.  I’m doing this because I want to help people and fix problems.”

Right now McMahon has four listening sessions scheduled but hopes to add more after the holidays.

Thursday, Dec. 6
6:30 p.m.
Skaneateles Town Hall

Tuesday, Dec.11
6:30 p.m.
Clay Town Hall

Thursday, Dec.13
6:30 p.m.
Cicero Town Hall

Monday, Dec.17
6:30 p.m.
Salina Town Hall