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Mayor-elect Valentino outlines optimism, expectations for 2020 in Geneva

Mayor-elect Steve Valentino has high expectations for the potential of the upcoming Geneva City Council.

“I expect civil dialogue and respect,” Valentino told the Finger Lakes Times. “No personal attacks.”

The Democrat defeated Mark Pitifer, who ran on the Republican line in November’s election. The two shared optimism for the city in 2020.

Valentino told the Times that a couple council members have voiced concerns about how they might interact, but he remains hopeful that city council will find its footing quickly in 2020.

The first major action expected to be taken by the new council will be to identify policy goals and an outline for expectations of a retreat scheduled for the spring.

Valentino also addressed some of the concerns he had with social media posts, directed at councilor-elect Laura Salamendra. “I appreciate her input,” he told the Times. “She’s a hard-working person and very passionate.”

The new city council will be sworn-in on January 1st.


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