Niagara Gazette

Local News

January 5, 2014

City council post changes hands

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls City Council will have a new confidential secretary this year.

Ryan Undercoffer is slated to take the position from retiring confidential secretary Kevin Ormsby, according to a resolution from Chairman Charles Walker, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Councilman Andrew Touma on the agenda for Monday’s council meeting.

Walker said Undercoffer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University at Buffalo, is a talented candidate who “deserves a shot” as confidential secretary.

Undercoffer has been involved in Democratic politics in the city for the last several years, serving as the vice chair of the city’s Democratic committee in 2012 and vice chair for the county Democrats in 2013.

The Niagara County Democratic Committee sent out campaign mailers and radio and print advertisements on behalf of Walker, Grandinetti and Touma during their fall campaigns.

Walker said that Undercoffer’s nomination for the position has nothing to do with his political ties to the three council members describing any work Undercoffer did as “behind the scenes.”

Undercoffer was nominated because he is young, qualified and expressed interest in the position, Walker said.

“We were looking for someone who can help bring the council into the 21st century,” he added.

Undercoffer’s salary is not set at this point, but will be somewhere around the $46,180 that was established in the 2014 budget.

“That’s something we’ll be discussing over the next two to three days,” Walker said.

Undercoffer, 24, began working toward a doctorate in political science from Syracuse University last year, but has taken an indefinite leave of absence to work in Niagara Falls.

Undercoffer, who plans to stay on as vice chair for the county Democrats, said he did not do much work this election cycle on the campaigns of the three council members.

“A lot of the work I did was with the county legislators,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
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