Tony Malavenda, a local businessman and lifelong engaged citizen of Onondaga County, issued a statement for the community grid in Syracuse.

“The state of New York picking the community grid for Syracuse was the right decision for Onondaga County. I have been for the community grid since I participated in the Onondaga Citizens League study, several years ago. My support for the grid has been consistent. The community grid will help make Onondaga County a modern county. I also support the Grid+ concept that was first proposed by Center State CEO, specifically to incorporate measures that mitigate any adverse effects of rerouting I-81 on the surrounding towns. Resources for that purpose should include efforts to revitalize the neighborhoods surrounding the grid “the old 15th ward”

Malavenda kicked off his campaign on February 26th. He is challenging career politician Ryan McMahon who was appointed County Executive after elected County Executive Joanie Mahoney stepped down.

Malavenda has lived here all of his life.  His wife Martine owns Upstate Yoga Institute, his daughter Emily recently graduated from medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and his daughter Sarah worked at Digital Hyve in downtown Syracuse and is headed to the University of Michigan to pursue a graduate degree in social work.