It is my honor to serve the residents of my hometown -- also know as History's Hometown -- as the 55th Mayor of Auburn. Like many upstate cities Auburn has had its share of growth, prosperity and challenges. While we work together to meet the challenges of today, we must keep our eye on the things that make Auburn a great place to live and visit .
Just a few examples - The older I get the more I appreciate that we have easy access to an outstanding full service hospital within a 10 minute drive - Auburn Memorial Hospital. Families here know that Auburn's school system offers an excellent education program from pre-K to 12th grade. Cayuga Community College is one of 64 accredited SUNY colleges and it's right here in Auburn! And where else can you see a Class A Minor League Baseball game on a hot summer night? Falcon Park! It is the place to see the Auburn Doubledays. And if the theater is your passion, Broadway is just down the road, at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse located at the foot of Owasco Lake.
In addition, Auburn residents have had a great influence on America's history. Startinguwith 1793 when Captain John Hardenbergh an officer in the Revolutionary War settleu it. Known at the time as Hardenbergh’s Corners, the place we call Auburn now was selected because of the waterpower available from the Owasco River. Auburn’s first industry was a mill with a grinding capacity of twelve bushels of corn a day.
That was only the beginning. As many residents know, growth in industry continued in Auburn and local people achieved things that would impact the entire country's history -- with new inventions in agriculture and industrialization, organized advancement in women’s rights and abolition, and unprecedented breakthroughs in prison reform. A small selection of noted people from this area of New York State and the Finger Lakes Region include abolitionists Harriet Tubman, suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emily Howland, Susan B. Anthony and Martha Coffin Wright, William H. Seward, entrepreneurs D.M. Osborne (International Harvester), John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil) and Henry Wells (American Express, Wells Fargo & Wells College), and T.M. Osborne (prison reformer).
Auburn is a great place to live and to visit. I'd like to know what you think and welcome your comments and ideas.
Michael D.Quill, Mayor
Auburn New York