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Omaha City Council, District 4

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  • Vinny Palermo

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Biographical Information

What are the top three issues you feel must be addressed in the next four years and how will you do so?

What steps should the City of Omaha take to expand economic growth?

Are there services or operations that you think the City and County should consider merging and why?

What are Omaha’s most pressing transportation needs? If elected, how would you address those needs? (Online only)

What, if any, changes would you like to see to the current waste collection system? (Online only)

Address 4207 Grover Street Omaha, NE 68105
Current Public Office, dates held NA
Past Public Office, dates held NA
Education Attended Holy Ghost School, Gross High School; Graduated from Bryan High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience Sienna Francis House; Habitat for Humanity; annual Labor Day parade; Building Trades Annual Chili-cook-off, which raises money for youth scholarships; Salvation Army; for the City of Omaha during the flood of 2011; and for American Legion Post 216.
1. Ensure all neighborhoods receive our fair share when it comes to city services. For example, we need to pave neighborhood streets when they look more like something from 1917 than 2017. 2. I have faith that we can grow our local economy by expanding on tourism. District 4 already has a top attraction in the Zoo. But we should also promote the rich diversity of our cultural heritages, similar to major ethnic festivals hosted in other great American cities. All taxpayers will benefit when we expand our economy. 3. We can continue to prepare for the future, by educating our workforce for a changing economy and the jobs of tomorrow. The City should continue to cooperate with our learning institutions in promoting job training.
Job training remains a key component as we build a strong workforce that can meet the needs of business and industry. We can continue and expand the team approach of Omaha's business, labor and government sectors to develop and promote sensible incentives that help existing businesses to grow and convince new businesses to locate in our community. Those incentives should be tied to the creation of new and better jobs. City tools such as Tax Increment Financing can help revitalize our neighborhood business districts while also growing economic and employment opportunities.
I thought the Crime Lab was an intriguing opportunity to explore potential improvements, cooperation and efficiency between City and County governments. But mergers can be complex and require elected officials to get beyond politics. We also must be aware that not all merger proposals would actually save tax dollars or improve the delivery of essential services to taxpayers. There have been effective functional mergers in the past, but we should not engage in mergers just for the sake of merging. They need to make sense both in delivering better service and doing so with greater cost efficiency.
We need to improve the condition of neighborhood streets in all parts of our city. When City Hall calls for grinding degrading streets back to gravel because it is cheaper than repairing streets, we need to take notice. Now that this policy is making national news, we need to call our elected officials to task. We need to look at sensible and efficient measures, such as shared turning lanes, to address traffic congestion on some of our arterial streets. And we need reliable public transit that matches the daily transportation needs of students, employees and seniors.
I support a system that segregates garbage, lawn waste and recyclables. We need to consider more modern collection methods and equipment that result in efficient, clean and reliable trash pickup in all our neighborhoods.
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