Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, who will seek another term in this year’s election, and serves as the Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has become a regional leader for the Finger Lakes.
Ontario County is unique for Upstate New York. That’s largely due to the population increase that its seen in the last 7-8 years – while most other counties have seen declines. The U.S. Census Bureau says that between 2010 and 2017 population in Ontario County increased by 1.7 percent.
A contributing factor to that growth is people.
Marren has received support from his peers on the Board of Supervisors to chair the legislative body for several years now. While many counties see regular turnover in terms of leadership – Ontario has seen no change at the top for eight years.
“My colleagues certainly keep me pushing but I have to say the talented leadership in Ontario County; starting with our County Administrator, Deputy County Administrator and all of our great department heads play a big role in our success,” Marren said during a visit to the FingerLakes1.com Studio. “All of our great department heads – who bring new ideas and initiatives to us on an annual basis keeps us pushing and learning every day.”
Marren emphasized the importance of innovation and change. Especially as it pertains to economic development and growth of local tourism. He predicted that Farmington would soon become the largest township by population in Ontario County; and while that may concern some – it’s something that is ultimately driven by the trends.
“There are a lot of great things happening in and around Geneva,” he added. “The whole county is moving in the right direction.”
Marren discussed a number of issues – including the prospect of legalizing marijuana. The Supervisor noted that legalizing marijuana, as controversial as it may seem at the moment, is a matter of economic necessity. While the state could go without legalizing it – the upside would be a possible benefit to the agricultural community.
Another state measure that Marren said would have an impact on operation is the possible reduction, or elimination of AIM funding for local towns and villages. While he believes communities will get by – he believes it’s another move that will make continued, long-term operation a challenge.
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