Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh Reacts to the Recent Suspension of Parks Commissioner, Lazarus Sims

Syracuse Common Councilor Susan Boyle made a request for the audit. The fiscal review focused on how Parks and Recreation rents its facilities and parks to the general public.  Syracuse City Auditor Marty Masterpole performed a review of the departments’ fiscal operations. Results of the City Auditor’s review were sent to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office for a decision regarding questions of impropriety arising from the audit.

Mayor Ben Walsh has not rushed to judgement regarding the findings. We still don’t know what will occur regarding Lazarus Sims and accusations leveled against him.

In a published statement Mayor Walsh said “Every decision we made has been with the information that’s been made available us,” said Walsh. “In terms of any specific allegations, again, up to this point, they’ve been inconclusive, so I’m not going to rush to judgment. We have people’s lives and livelihoods on the line here. I don’t take that lightly.” Sims was appointed Commissioner in 2015, he was re-appointed when Mayor Ben Walsh took office in January 2018.

In the meantime Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will be managing day-to-day operations at Syracuse Parks and Recreation.