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Jennings City Council Announcement

Jennings City Council Announcement

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Contact: Stephen A. Jennings – Home: 786-0886; Cell: 921-3968; E-mail: sjennings122@aol.


I am today announcing my candidacy for Watertown City Council. Though we face many challenges, opportunities for renewal and growth exist more than ever before in previous, modern times, and I believe a new direction in focus and leadership is called for. This is an exciting time to live and work in Watertown. My experience includes demonstrated local and state leadership competencies. I have strong administrative and fiscal experience in the management of complex government and non-profit programs. I have extensive experience in community and public service. I have successfully served in multiple executive leadership capacities on numerous governing boards in the Watertown community. I have a record of developing partnerships with government, non-profit agencies, and numerous community sectors to improve our City and region. I believe the City’s leading priorities encompass the following: 1. Community and Economic Development – o Ensure that the Mercy complex development project, and the Woolworth and Lincoln building renovation projects are completed, and that these projects serve as the catalyst to revitalize the City’s center. o Ensure that public and private technology development prospects interested in City investment consider downtown first when weighing start-up or expansion. Ensure that all resources at the City’s disposal are leveraged to support this effort. 2. Community Safety and Health – o Ensure that the City government does all it can to address the growing drug and crime problems currently occurring in neighborhoods throughout the city. Daily reports of arrests for drug possession, use, sale, and associated violence, combined with growing numbers of drug overdose deaths, are the real plague on the people of our City. Law enforcement must be fully supported to address this problem, while at the same time all sectors of the community must be mobilized to mitigate drug use and crime, neighborhood by neighborhood. The City must amplify its focus on this issue. o Ensure that the municipal water supply remains fluoridated. 3. City Management – o Ensure that City government operations and services remain viable, efficient, effective, and cost controlled. I have the public service and leadership experience to work collaboratively with other City leaders, partners, and the residents of the community to make our City the best it can be. I plan to hold listening sessions with civic groups and the general public until the election, and will soon launch a campaign website. I ask the residents of the City of Watertown for their support in the Primary Election on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, and in the General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 1

Eighteen years of public service as a Public Health Planner and Public Information Officer with the Jefferson County Public Health Service Administration.

 New York State Public Health Council, 5/2001-6/2008. o Nominated by Governor George E. Pataki; confirmed by the New York State Senate. o Served on the Codes and Legislation Committee. Recommended amendments to the State Sanitary Code, updated qualifications of public health personnel, and reviewed significant State legislative proposals affecting public health and safety. o Served on the Public Health Infrastructure Workgroup, which addressed statewide public health capacity, resulting in a published report to the Commissioner of Health, Strengthening New York’s Health System for the 21st Century. New York State Cancer Consortium o Steering Committee New York State Department of Health Workgroups: o Division of Nutrition, Eat Well Play Hard Demonstration Team o H1N1 Influenza Community Mitigation Workgroup o Informatics Governance Workgroup NYeHealth Collaborative: o Health Information Exchange, Statewide Collaborative Process – Public Health Workgroup

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   Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County o Communities That Care (CTC) Youth Development Coalition. Served as Chairman. o Jefferson County Rapid Response Drug Task Force Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County o Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth Steering Committee. Served as Co-Chairman. o Youth and Family Advisory Committee Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization o Quality Standards/Promotion and Community Engagement Committee. Serve as CoChairman. o Emergency Medical Services Committee o North Country Health Information Partnership (N-CHIP) Steering Committee Hospice of Jefferson County, Inc. o Hospice Board of Directors. Served as President o Hospice Foundation Board of Directors. Served on the Planned Giving and Capital Campaign Committees. Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC) Jefferson-St. Lawrence Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Services Project. o Community Council. Served as Chairman.

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    Lewis-Jefferson Cancer Services Program o Partnership Member North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council o Board of Directors. Served as Chairman. Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance o Board of Directors. Served as Chairman. Samaritan Medical Center o Ethics Committee. Served as Vice-Chairman.

        Communities That Care Youth Development Coalition o Award for Outstanding Leadership as Chairman Hospice of Jefferson County, Inc. o Recognized for Unwavering Service and Leadership as President of the Board of Directors. Jefferson County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Community o Public Servant Award Jefferson Leadership Institute (JLI) Graduate Jefferson-St. Lawrence Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Services Project o Recognized for Exemplary Leadership as Chairman of the Community Council New York State Department of Health – Public Health Works! Honor Roll o Award from State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, MD for Outstanding Commitment to Public Health New York State Public Health Council o Resolution for Service to the Residents of New York State with Distinction Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Center for Creative Leadership o Graduate – Ladder to Leadership Fellow

EDUCATION:   Russell Sage College, Albany, NY Master of Science Degree, Health Services Administration State University of New York at Albany Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science

RESIDENCE: 219 Green Street, Watertown, NY FAMILY: Spouse: Pinky Jennings Children: Claire and Peter SAJ:JENNINGS CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT.doc:6:12:13. C:/ 3

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