Lisa Ruggiero announces re-election run for Watertown City Council  

WATERTOWN, NY —   Councilwoman Lisa Ruggiero announced Wednesday that she is seeking to serve a second term on Watertown City Council. Lisa, in the fourth year of her first term, is a long-time third-generation Watertown independent business owner, long-time resident born and raised in Watertown, and a community servant. She has used her business background to keep taxes down by controlling government spending, and has accomplished goals she set in her first term to include:

  • Selling off numerous City-owned parcels to be put back on the tax rolls to generate revenue.

  • Engaged in resurrecting the Neighborhood Watch Program to help fight crime, to make city neighborhoods safer.

  • With the vacant building registry, derelict properties have been easily identified, allowing the City to have a handle on properties that need attention.

  • Voting against needless litigation, numerous times, to save taxpayer dollars.

  • Construction of the year-round bath house and pool at Thompson Park, marking the first city pool that is fully ADA compliant, with zero-grade entry. Lisa’s vision shows how important Thompson Park is not only to the City of Watertown but Jefferson County as well and that Thompson Park has become the hub for recreation.

  • As a qualified volunteer firefighter, Lisa understood the public safety needs of the community. After years of legal battles, contracts were unanimously approved by City Council, giving the City employees their first contracts in 6 years.

  • During Lisa’s first term, several playgrounds were refurbished or replaced, there were several street reconstructions such as Flower Avenue East and Knickerbocker Drive, and the splash pad opened at Thompson Park.

  • While in her first term Lisa supported and approved the creation of the City’s first Comprehensive Plan, as well as a new Strategic Plan.

  • Lisa serves as City Council liaison to the Flower Memorial library and is engaged in the stakeholder group on police reform.

In serving a second term, Lisa will strive for the following:

  • Lisa wants to work on a new contract with the Fire Department that is fair and equitable to the taxpayers as well as the City employees.

  • Lisa continues to advocate for the importance of the Fire Department responding to EMS calls, a necessary function of Public Safety.

  • For the past 3 years Lisa has provided transparency, openness and accountability of City government and will continue to do so in her second term.

  • Lisa will continue to support economic development to include projects that add revenue to the City’s coffers. Lisa has advocated for leasing City property for solar energy projects.

  • In the continuation of making Thompson Park the hub for recreation, Lisa supports the idea of building an amphitheater in the park so that concerts and other events can be held rain or shine, thus becoming a community hub filled with activity for all.

  • Lisa fully supports revitalization projects such as Sewall’s Island, increasing walking trails for recreation, and the overhaul of zoning regulations that have not been updated since 1959.

Lisa is a graduate of Ithaca College, with a bachelor’s degree. She lives with her husband, Chuck, on Keyes Avenue. Lisa’s husband is the retired Chief of Law Enforcement at Fort Drum, and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Lisa is celebrating 31 years in the real estate industry this June, is a past President of the New York State Women’s Council of Realtors and was President of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors from 1998-2000.

Lisa is an active member of our community; she was Chairwoman of the Watertown Housing Authority Board of Commissioners where she served for over a decade, is a steadfast member of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, serves on the Jefferson County Planning Board as Vice-chair, is a member of the Watertown Rotary Club, serves on the Jefferson Community College Foundation Board, serves as a director of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors, and is currently President of the Jefferson County Historical Society, just to name a few…

The City of Watertown has a non-partisan Council.