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Campbell Debate: A Metropolitan Form of Government for Onondaga County?

Maxwell Auditorium, Maxwell School

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The principal recommendation of the Final Report of the Consensus Commission on Local Government Modernization is to establish a new municipal form of government for Onondaga County, with a single executive and a 33-seat legislature. While public forums and town hall meetings have been held to discuss the report, and the proposal has been both criticized and defended in the media, missing is a direct exchange between opposing views, with opportunities for challenge and rebuttal. Moderated by Campbell Institute Director and WRVO Campbell Conversations Host Grant Reeher, this debate will provide that exchange.

THE PROPOSITION: “This House Would Establish a Metropolitan Form of Government for Onondaga County”.

Arguing in favor of the proposition:

James Walsh, Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates LLP, former Member of Congress [R-NY-25]

William Byrne, Chairman of the Board of Byrne Dairy Arguing against the proposition:

Stephanie Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse

Robert Antonacci, Onondaga County Comptroller

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