OLEAN, NY – Mayor William J. Aiello on Friday announced that he will seek a second four-year term and said he will urge the city explore the possibility of adopting a city manager form of government if he wins re-election.
“Given the current climate in New York State where small cities like Olean continually face the challenge of balancing rising operating costs with decreased revenue and a diminishing tax base, we must continue to explore and exploit ways to preserve Olean’s future,” Aiello said in a news release issued late Friday afternoon.
The mayor’s post will be on the ballot in November. Aiello, a Republican, defeated Democrat Linda Witte in the 2013 mayoral election.
If re-elected, Aiello said he will call for the re-establishment of a City Charter Commission.
“Of particular emphasis, I would ask that this commission explore the viability of transforming our city government into one which adopts the city manager format and to redistrict the wards in our city to reflect our shifting and changing population,” he said.
Under a city manager form of government, the municipal council appoints a professional city manager to carry out day-to-day administrative operations. Olean currently operates under a Mayor-Council format in which the mayor has significant administrative and budgetary authority.
“This has been suggested to me frequently during my tenure as mayor,” Aiello said. “Ultimately these decisions will be made by the voters of the City of Olean.”
Aiello served two terms in the Cattaraugus County Legislature from 2008 to 2013. He retired with the rank of captain after 32 years of service with the City of Olean Police Department.