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A new mayor for the first time in years takes office in Canandaigua

City of Canandaigua

There’s a change in leadership in the City of Canandaigua. Swearing-in ceremonies are being held Tuesday for positions that include the new mayor. Republican Bob Palumbo won election in November, defeating Democratic incumbent Ellen Polimeni, who was in office for 28 years.

Palumbo says among the issues he wants to tackle in the new year is transportation. Without a public transportation system, Palumbo said it’s important to find ways of helping people move between the lakefront area and downtown.

“So they could take advantage of all these people coming to Canandaigua and get them to shop downtown  the local stores, attend the great places that the city has,” Palumbo said, mentioning Sonnenberg Gardens and the Fort Hill Peforming Arts Center.

And with the new Canandaigua City Council, Palumbo, who was previously a council member, will be joined by 8 Democratic city council members.  But he does not expect politics to be an issue.

“When it gets to a local level, everybody’s focus is what’s best for Canandaigua; that’s never been an issue and I don’t foresee it to ever be an issue,” Palumbo said.

And although she won’t be mayor anymore, Polimeni is expected to stay active in community service.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.