Updated 03/20/2013 06:42 PM
Manlius Fire Chief elected mayor
Manlius has a new mayor, but his face is already pretty familiar to folks around the village. Fire Chief Paul Whorrall beat incumbent Mark-Paul Serafin by a landslide in Tuesday's election. Sarah Blazonis reports.
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MANLIUS, N.Y. -- Filling out post-call paperwork is something Paul Whorrall's gotten used to during his 25 years as fire chief. It's a position that will be hard to say good bye to.
"I will miss it, because I love it," said Chief Whorrall. "I just feel that I needed to take what I know about the village and my background and knowledge from spending my whole life here and take it to the next level."
Next month, Whorrall will leave his seat as chief for the village's top spot. Projects he plans to tackle include making it easier for pedestrians to get to local businesses during high traffic hours.
"We want to make it so people are able to go from whatever parking areas they are to different locations in the village in a safe manner and right now you can't do that," Whorrall said.
He's also taking steps to move forward with the Madison Row project. He says a new company has agreed to work on phase two of the project, which has been stalled for about two years.
Whorrall announced earlier this week that Morgan Management will work on phase two. Phase one saw the demolition of several homes and construction of a Key Bank. Next up: Construction of retail and upscale residential space.
"The more businesses and stuff we draw, the more people we get to participate in the businesses and activities in the village instead of going other places," said Whorrall.
So while he may be leaving one fulfilling job, Whorrall says he's looking forward to stepping into another.