OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow delivered his 2021 State of the City Address on Tuesday evening, recapping 2020 and outlining plans and goals in 2021.
During his address, Barlow spoke about the city’s continued effort to fight back against COVID-19. He also spoke about the improvements made to Wright’s Landing Marina and a $9 million project to change the International Pier into a public boardwalk.
He also spoke about the dedication of the International Pier to former mayor, William Cahill, Jr., who died in 2020. He also talked about a new partnership with Pathfinder Bank that will help frontline workers who purchase a home in Oswego.
Barlow also addresses reducing building permit fees, sewer bills and other improvement plans throughout Oswego.
2020 was a challenging year to be sure, but progress continued in the City of Oswego. From our downtown revitalization efforts resulting in historic buildings being rehabilitated, new buildings being developed, public space improvement projects, neighborhood revitalization efforts, strong code enforcement, new parks, more public amenities, paving city streets, to lowering taxes and attracting new businesses, the record of what we’ve done is staggering. Our 2021 agenda supports our citizens and small businesses through the duration of the pandemic and outlines specific projects and initiatives to continue building our momentum and making progress despite the ongoing challenges.Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow
State of the City Address Highlights
- Complete Wright’s Landing Marina improvement project, open on June 1
- Open new splash pad water playground at Breitbeck Park
- Break ground on $9 million transformation of International Pier, dedicate to Mayor Bill Cahill
- Reduce water and sewer bills by $100 per year for all users
- Launch Heroes as Neighbors Program, covering closing costs for frontline workers, military
- Reduce all building permit fees by 50%
- Refurbish box lacrosse court at Fort Ontario
- Complete and improve police reinvention collaborative
- Administer another $10,000 for the small business Buy One Get One Program
- Beat COVID-19
Several of those proposals will be brought to the Oswego Common Council for consideration in the coming weeks and months.
Between our downtown revitalization developments, upcoming waterfront project, improvement to our parks and neighborhoods, and lowering the cost of living in Oswego, there is more happening in our community than has happened in decades. This city has limitless potential, and we are unlocking more of it every moment. All we have to do is work together, be positive, be confident, believe in ourselves, lift each other up and work hard to improve our city each and every day, and that is exactly what we’re going to do in 2021.Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow
NewsChannel 9 spoke with Barlow before his address on Tuesday. Watch that full interview below: