The Elmira City Manager is adding on to his workload by taking on a new leadership position. The manager has accepted a position as President of the City/County Manager's Association. Our Lara Greenberg tell us what this means for the state and the City of Elmira.
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- "I'm not afraid to delegate."
Delegation will be exactly what Elmira City Manager John Burin will have to do since he's adding on an additional role for the upcoming year. As President of the New York State City/County Manager's Association, Burin will now spearhead the statewide agency that gives city managers a voice for their urban areas. And his work starts immediately.
"Actually tomorrow I'm going to Westchester County to meet with all of the downstate managers. Next week I'm going to meet with all the upstate managers to find out what direction they want to go over the next year," said Elmira City Manager John Burin.
But Burin isn't the only politician in Elmira to double up his duties. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli acts as the President to the New York Association of Counties.
With both the county executive and city manager in statewide positions, this doesn't only make the men look good. It makes the city of Elmira look good as well.
"I think to have two of the largest organizations that represent government in the state be represented by two people that live in Elmira, New York is a pretty neat thing," said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli.
"I think we have some dedicated people here. And the fact that Tom is President of NYSAC representing the counties and I've been asked to be President of the managers for the year, I think that speaks well to the professionalism that we have here in this area," said Burin.
Professionalism, dedication, and delegation. Three things that are setting Elmira apart and getting its voice heard in the state.
As President of the Manager's Association, Burin will also be an affiliate member to the New York Conference of Mayors. They'll work together to propose more legislation for the state.