Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor says he’s running for re-election.
The Republican incumbent has led village government since 2014, after serving two years as a village trustee.
“I really enjoy serving this community. Over the last eight years we have seen tremendous economic growth, spurred by our investments in infrastructure. Even during the pandemic, we saw new businesses open up in Newark,” Taylor said in an announcement. “Many of the infrastructure investments were made possible with our aggressive approach to seeking and successfully obtaining several grants, including $10 million from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.”
He said the success of the village board has been a team effort, and one that he’s proud to have been a part of over the last 8 years.
“Our board works well together, maintaining and improving Village services, including public safety, while controlling the budget. Our goal is a high quality of life for our residents,” Taylor added.
Among his successes over the last several years is collaborating with state agencies to bring funding to the village for numerous projects. Altogether, the village has received more than $24 million in grants over the last six years.
The awards were used for needed upgrades at the canal trail, water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant; the South Main Street reconstruction; added infrastructure to our Industrial Park; and three culvert reconstruction projects. In addition, several other planning grants were obtained for future projects. Taylor led the Village team that wrote the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant application and successfully presented to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to win the $10 million DRI.
“Jonathan has been steadfast. Leadership that combines vision and action is rare. Jonathan considers the needs of the community, pulls people together to meet those needs and pushes ahead with a better future in mind for Newark,” said Jay Roscup Community Schools Director.
Don Lasher, CEO for Capstone Real Easte Development added, “I first decided to invest in Newark when Mayor Taylor and Mark Peake came to me about working to keep IEC here – which included putting up a new building for IEC at Silver Hill. Since then, I have made several other investments in this community and will continue to do so for years to come. Mayor Taylor has worked hard to make the community desirable and to promote positive growth and change.”
Taylor is a lifelong resident and Newark High School graduate. He earned a degree in Animal Science from Cornell University. The mayor currently resides on West Maple Ave with his wife Cari and their two children, he works full-time as a feed manager at a local dairy farm in addition to his job as Mayor.