- Best City for Small Business in the Northeast – According to "talent tribune: A Data-Driven HR blog", Auburn is the #1 place in the northeast for small businesses. This is great recognition for all of the hard-working small business owners in Auburn. Thank you for all that you do.
- Matthew J. Driscoll to present New York 2015 Opportunity Agenda
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Wednesday, January 21, 2015) – Mayor Michael D. Quill is pleased to announce that Matthew J. Driscoll will be giving a presentation of Governor Cuomo’s New York 2015 Opportunity Agenda on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3pm. The presentation will be held in Council Chambers at Auburn Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021. The event will be live-streamed on the Internet via the City of Auburn’s website.
Matt Driscoll is currently the President and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and a member of Governor Cuomo’s Cabinet. In 2013 he was appointed to the Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments. He is also a member of Governor Cuomo’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT). Mr. Driscoll served as the 52nd Mayor of the City of Syracuse from 2001-2009.
- Officials Appoint New Members to Auburn Industrial Development Authority
- Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in Auburn – A major defense bill was passed in the Senate on Friday which includes a provision to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in Cayuga County. This park could draw as many as 20,000 visitors per year and is an exciting development for this area.
- Introducing Rhonda Miller – Mayor Quill and City Council welcome Rhonda Miller to the position of Assistant to the Mayor. She is actively working within the mayor’s office to facilitate and encourage open communication between the office and the community. She can be contacted Mon-Fri from 8-4 through the Mayor’s office. Residents are encouraged to contact her with concerns and community outreach. (315) 255-4104. Rhonda brings extensive design, communication, and project coordination experience to her role in city government. She currently lives in Auburn with her husband, Dean Aversa and their 2 spoiled cats, Stanley and Oliver. In her personal time, Rhonda has a growing business as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is the sole proprietor of Flavor of Health and an active member of the
Auburn Photography Club.
- Auburn was named “Best Small City to Raise a family in the Northeast and the 18th best in the Nation” by Forbes Magazine – Mayor Quill is proud to say this title came while serving as mayor of the City of Auburn. He concurs this recognition is due to the work of many great people. “We can ALL be proud to say we are from Auburn, NY.” Mayor Quill is committed to maintaining that positive definition of Auburn throughout his administration.
- Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival (MTF) – Mayor Quill is a big supporter of the Musical Theater Festival and is committed to seeing this exciting project brought to life. “The MTF brings REAL opportunity for success to Auburn”. Mayor Quill firmly believes this project will energize the community, provide economic impact, and establish Auburn as one of the key centers for Musical Theater in the Nation. The MTF is another example of local economic development designed to rejuvenate Downtown Auburn with the Arts, Theater, Retail and further build on a tourism-based economy.
- Supporter of Local Veterans Leagues – As a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mayor Quill has been a strong supporter of all local veteran leagues. During his administration, he has worked with members of the Korean War Veterans Association to create the Veterans Memorial Park; with the Vietnam Veterans Association to achieve State recognition of the renaming of Route 38, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway of Valor; and the surviving members of the U.S. Army - 299th Engineer Combat Battalion from Cayuga County, to bring them and all the members of the 299th the recognition they deserved on June 6, 2009, the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, honoring those who fought in this battle, died and became POW and MIAs during WWII.
- Hosted the first-ever “Mayor’s Town Hall Meetings” – When Mayor Quill took office, he felt it was important to be accessible to all people, thus creating “Monday’s with Mike” – an informal question/answer style meeting that allows City residents the opportunity to ask questions or present concerns that they have pertaining to their specific neighborhood or city issues in general. These Town Hall-style meetings have been successful at bridging the gap between Citizens and their government by opening the lines of communication and attracting those who might not feel comfortable speaking publically during a City Council Meeting.
- Lobbied for Harriet Tubman and National Park Status in Washington DC – Part of a pilgrimage of local community leaders, Mayor Quill traveled to Washington DC in September of 2011 to rally law makers in support of current legislation to give the Tubman homestead “National Park Status”, and the potential for inclusion in the National Parks System. Such an achievement would create new jobs, drive tourism, and further stimulate the local economy.
- Supporter of the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance (CAFA) – Supports all efforts and legislation that would prohibit hydrofracking in all watersheds in the Finger Lakes as well as the Lake Ontario watershed. CAFA Facebook Page
Special Recognition and Achievements:
- Member of Syracuse Regional Airport Authority
The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority is a public benefit corporation. It is established to provide the necessary tools and support to Syracuse Hancock International Airport to maintain and operate the facilities in a safe, secure and efficient manner. It promotes the growth and success of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport by overseeing fiscal responsibility, regional marketing, and job creation in the aviation industry, and those industries that support aviation. http://www.syrsraa.com/
- Member of New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) Board of Governors
The NYMIR Board of Governors was founded in 1993.~It is comprised of 13 elected and appointed officials from villages, towns and counties across the state. The board provides insurance coverage and risk management services to New York State municipalities. This collaboration has stabilized the municipal insurance market, reduced rates, provided insurance coverage, and risk management recommendations. http://www.nymir.org/
- Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the “Central New York Regional Economic Development Council”
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) is new approach to economic development that will empower the Central New York Region as a prime driver for job creation and economic growth by maximizing the area’s unique assets and addressing the specific challenges and needs of local communities. Mayor Quill will serve as an important part of this local initiative and contributor to the development of their
Strategic Plan. http://nyworks.ny.gov/content/central-new-york
- Appointed to the New York State Conference of Mayor’s Nominating Committee
In the spring of 2011, Mayor Quill was appointed to the eight-member Nominating Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). The nominating committee was responsible for assembling the slate of officers to be elected during the Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs. The Conference of Mayors has been in existence since 1910, representing 590 cities and villages in New York State. http://nycom.org/mn_about/about.asp
- Member of the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA)
CEDA is chartered to provide “first stop” assistance to businesses of all sizes and to support business retention, expansion and relocation. The principle of the “first stop” is to provide businesses with a single source for business development resources. The 15 member Board of Directors, the majority of which represent the private business and development sectors in Cayuga County, is balanced by key members of County and City of Auburn government, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and the County’s two Industrial Development Authorities. Mayor Quill is an Ex-Officio member, now in his second year with CEDA. http://www.cayugaeda.org/