Rome mayoral primary: Izzo defeats Mattoon by hundreds of votes

Mattoon is currently employed with Central New York DDSO, and Izzo owns Upstate New York Professional Services and has served a four-year term as mayor.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 7:06 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 11:21 PM

The unofficial results are coming in for the Republican primary in the race for Rome mayor, where David Mattoon faced off with incumbent Mayor Jackie Izzo. And the unofficial numbers are in Izzo's favor. 

Izzo is leading with 965 votes, where Mattoon has only garnered 246 votes. 

Mattoon is currently employed with Central New York DDSO, and Izzo owns Upstate New York Professional Services and has served a four-year term as mayor. 

The winner of the primary faces Democrat David Halpin in November.

Incumbent mayor Jackie Izzo says economic development is one of her top priorities. And using the $10 million from the downtown revitalization initiative grant is just a part of how she has been trying to continue to grow economic development.

Right now, there are a lot of projects happening in the city such as improvements to the Capitol Theatre, a new transfer station, and many housing developments.

Izzo's challenger, David Mattoon, says his top priority if elected is cutting property taxes in the city. He says he wants to reduce taxes about 15 to 20 percent over a four-year period. .

Another priority for Izzo is creating more housing opportunities. Right now, she says there are housing development projects in south Rome, downtown Rome, and at Griffiss.

He says in terms of economic development, he has a different vision for the city. He believes the city does not need more apartments, but more attractions in the city to get people to stay in the area.

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