Niagara Gazette

Local News

January 7, 2014

Undercoffer hired by council as his predecessor's status is debated

The Niagara Falls City Council appointed Ryan Undercoffer as the city council's new confidential secretary during Monday's meeting. 

Undercoffer, who served as vice chair of the Niagara County Democratic Party in 2013, replaces the council's former chief of staff Kevin Ormsby who retired. The appointment was supported by Walker and fellow Democrats Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma. Anderson abstained from the vote. Choolokian voted against Undercoffer's appointment, saying he thought it was a "shame" that Ormsby was "forced" to retire. In casting his vote, Choolokian thanked Ormsby for his service, saying his talents would be missed. 

Upon questioning following the meeting, Walker denied that Ormsby was "forced" to retire, saying in conversations with him before the start of the new year, the council's former chief of staff had indicated to him his intentions to file his retirement paperwork and move on. As for Undercoffer's appointment to the job, Walker said he was selected after he expressed interest in the position and based on his skills and background, which includes a bachelor's degree in political science from the University at Buffalo.

"We really wanted to get somebody in that office that can really enhance that office and help the council do more outreach in the community," Walker said. 

In another matter, the council tabled proposed appointments to the city's planning board, zoning board of appeals and water board. The requests to table were made by Grandinetti who said she wanted more time to review the list of possible candidates for each position before making a decision. Each request to table was granted in separate 4 to 1 votes, with Choolokian voting against each time. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results