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Auburn & Cayuga County Share United Vision for the Future


An optimistic vision for the future of Auburn and Cayuga County was shared Thursday at the annual State of the City and County address at Auburn Public Theater. Put on by the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, the event allows attendees to get a review of the past year’s achievements and issues as well as a glimpse of what the future has in store.

At the event, Auburn Mayor Jimmy Giannettino and City Manager Jeff Dygert discussed how the city fared during 2023. Of the topics touched upon, Giannettino said the most important issue the city is facing is drinking water quality and Auburn and Owasco’s lawsuit against New York State over the health of Owasco Lake. Other topics included the summer recreation program, upgrades to the water filtration system, and the frustration of New York not increasing AIM funding for local municipalities.

Cayuga County Legislature Chairwoman Ailleen McNabb-Coleman and County Manager Steve Lynch shared where the county stood in 2023. This included the shrinking of the legislature from 15 to 11 legislators, refilling the county manager position, and plans to revitalize Emerson Park with a new playground and music venue. 

As for the future, both Giannettino and McNabb-Coleman shared an optimistic vision for the city county’s future, one that can only be achieved through cooperation.

“One of my goals as mayor is to establish a better working relationship with our counterparts in county government,” said Giannettino. “I believe we are stronger together and there are a variety of issues we can and should be collaborating on.”

With Micron’s anticipated arrival in the neighboring Onondaga County, both the county and city staff are working to make sure the area benefits.

“I think we’re going to crack the code on collaboration… We are in lockstep about economic development,” said McNabb-Coleman.

Along with this, the uncertainty of the future of CEDA following an ongoing review of the development agency was brought up. Regardless of  CEDA’s future, both officials are committed to working together to see the city and county prosper.

“We are committed to a one-stop, one number to call, one organization for businesses to rely on for resources,” continued the chairwoman.

It should be noted that all four speakers were quick to point out that none of the city and county’s accomplishments could be achieved without the hard work of government staff.

You can watch the full meeting from ARMA below.





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