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Mayor Alan Zaffiro of Golf Manor is a passionate advocate of what he calls "older communities," which he believes are being swallowed up by urban sprawl. (Photo courtesy of A. Zaffiro).
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GOLF MANOR, Ohio - How well do you know the top man or woman of your town? Our new weekly feature will introduce you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.
Elected: 2003 Population: 4,000 County: Hamilton Founded: 1947 Claim to fame: The village has the oldest Orthodox Jewish synagogue in the Cincinnati area, Golf Manor Synagogue.
Zaffiro said he has always lived in what he describes as "older communities." While Golf Manor officially became a village in 1947, it was home to families as early as 1876.
The mayor grew up in Price Hill, moved to Norwood after college, and then to Golf Manor in 1979. He met his wife Lisa, who was born in Golf Manor, in 1980. The pair raised three daughters in the village. Zaffiro has served Golf Manor as a volunteer and council member since 1990.
In his own words:
"I consider myself an advocate for older communities, and I believe on a very fundamental level that making use of already built-out infrastructure with availability of mass transportation is our best path to a sustainable future. I am appalled at the urban sprawl all around us that is draining the life out of older neighborhoods.
While many have abandoned these older communities as they have changed, I choose to stay and lead the urban renewal effort in our village."
All elected officials in Golf Manor are part-time. The mayor earns a salary of $4,500 a year. Zaffiro is an analytical chemist working as a contractor for the EPA in Clifton.
1. What is the single biggest issue facing your community?
Loss of investment (residential and small business) driven by urban sprawl.
2. If someone were to visit Golf Manor for the first time, what should they see and do?
Enjoy our new Dennis Puthoff Memorial and Veterans Park (2631 Losantiville Avenue) and Volunteer Park across from the Municipal Building (6450 Wiehe Road).
3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?
Initiating and advancing a revitalization program. These efforts have vastly improved the image of the village, attracted small businesses, increased the availability of dignified housing, greened up and cleaned up the village, and improved safety.
4. What do you hope is different about your town in ten years?
Housing units are rebalanced from about 60 percent rental to primarily owned by residents of the village.
5. What are your political aspirations?
To create a model for the sustainability of older communities.
6. I bet you didn’t know...
Golf Manor was the first municipality in Hamilton County to offer cable television.
CONTACT: Mayor Zaffiro and the Village Council
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