Sidari won’t seek re-election as Medina mayor in March

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2023 at 10:49 pm

Mike Sidari

MEDINA – Mike Sidari announced at the end of this evening’s Village Board meeting that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in March to a fifth 2-year term as Medina mayor.

Sidari has been the mayor for nearly eight years. He was on the board as a trustee for two years prior to that.

He said due to a health issue for a family member he wouldn’t be running again for mayor.

The board went into an executive session soon after his announcement.

He has said recently that Medina has a great team on the Village Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and with many community organizations.

Those groups have been able to push Medina forward with its downtown business district, industrial park and other community initiatives, he said said.

He praised citizens who led efforts for a new dog park, skate park, bluebird trail, an upgraded Pine Street Park with a splash pad, and much improved Boxwood Cemetery.

The community projects improve the quality of life for local residents, Sidari said, and also play a factor in whether a business chooses to come to Medina. The business owners want to see a community with pride, and strong schools, a vibrant downtown and thriving neighborhoods, Sidari has said.

Sidari has led the board in recent major initiatives, including a push for a new ladder truck and addition for the fire department. Sidari helped Medina with the successful application for a $4.5 NY Forward grant from the state for downtown and waterfront projects. He is co-leader of a committee working to identify projects to be submitted to the state for its final approval.

The mayor grew up in Albion. He has been an active member of the Medina Fire Department. He is retired as the food service administrator for the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion.