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wants the project to become, in essence, another neighborhood within the village, and he wants a seamless fit. “I don’t think that during the process I could have been any more clear,” Corby says. Pierson says he’ll always be upfront as mayor, but he’ll respond when he hears compelling reasons to change his position. Leaders can’t be fence-sitters, he says. “Sometimes leadership’s tough and sometimes you have to say things and do things that maybe a group of people in the room don’t agree with,” he says. “But if it’s

time. And he voted in favor of the rezoning, though in hindsight he says he should have had more information before doing so. Corby stands by the decision to rezone the property, though he says the board should have taken more time to deliberate. Still, the intent of the code was to add an extra layer of protection — the special permits — and that goal was met, Corby says, even if the code itself isn’t perfect. The Westport Crossing review doesn’t end with the permit approvals granted by the Board of Trustees. The project

Pierson is on the Republican ticket with candidates Christopher Linares and Leslie Buck. Linares and Buck are also running on the No to 75 Monroe line; Buck says the line is a way for the candidates to be upfront about their opposition to the current Westport Crossing plan. Linares, who moved to the village about two years ago, is a senior vice president at Hickey Freeman and over the past 20 years has served on the town Republican Committee on an on-andoff basis. Buck was a County Legislature

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Bob Corby has been Pittsford’s mayor since 1993 and is campaigning on his record.

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in the best interest of the village, you’ve got to go forward with it.” Pierson says that when he started on the board, he wasn’t in favor of the Westport Crossing project. But he says he listened to the experts the board brought in and considered the studies on the project, and that all factored into his vote.

must undergo review by the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals and the Architectural Preservation and Review Board. Under village law, the two boards have considerable clout. Corby and Pierson both say they have faith that the boards will ensure a project that’s appropriate for the village.

The 75 Monroe Avenue property used to be

The mayor’s race is getting the bulk of the attention, but two trustee seats are up for

the Monoco Oil asphalt plant, but a court ordered it shut down in 2000. Mark IV bought the property which, at the time, was partially outside of the village. At Corby’s urging, village officials annexed the property in 2008 and rezoned it from commercial to residential use. Commercial use would have generated far more traffic than residential, Corby says. And if Mark IV built retail at the site, it could have pulled customers away from Main Street, Schoen Place, and Northfield Common businesses, he says. The annexation was a sound decision, says Pierson, who wasn’t on the board at the

grabs this year, too. Corby is sharing the Democratic ticket with trustee candidates Stacey Freed and Lili Lanphear. They’re also running on the Pittsford Village United line. Freed has run for trustee before and operates a villagewide e-mail newsletter. Lanphear served on the village planning board for 19 years before Corby appointed her to the Board of Trustees in January; longtime Trustee Paula Sherwood moved out of the village and resigned, leaving a vacant seat.

staffer for three years and over the summer started working in the county’s Law Department. Linares and Buck have the Conservative line, too. All four trustee candidates say that the Westport Crossing proposal in its current form is not a good fit with the village. They say they’d like to see a smaller project and that the scale and mass of the proposed buildings needs to be addressed.



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February 20-26, 2013 - City Newspaper  

Cover: Rare political rancor in Pittsford | News: Scouting ways out of the culture war | Dining: Yummy Garden Hot Pot | Music: Love and Deat...

February 20-26, 2013 - City Newspaper  

Cover: Rare political rancor in Pittsford | News: Scouting ways out of the culture war | Dining: Yummy Garden Hot Pot | Music: Love and Deat...