Niagara Gazette — It’s a three-way race in the Niagara County Legislature’s Fourth District this year.
Incumbent and endorsed Democrat Owen Steed is being challenged by real estate agent and business association president Candace Corsaro and Saladin Allah, a published author and local youth mentor.
For Steed, it’s about continuing what he described as the progress he feels has been made during his first term in office. As evidence of that progress, he points to recent projects that have been successfully completed in the Falls as well as legislation sponsored by county Democrats tying companies receiving tax and other incentives to local hiring requirements.
“I think being there has made me a better candidate,” Steed said. “In the two years I’ve been there, we’ve been able to make some improvements.”
His challengers don’t see enough evidence of the change. The county’s Fourth legislative district, covering primarily the North End of the city of Niagara Falls, has for years included one of the poorest areas in the county, according to U.S. Census data.
Corsaro, a Republican who works for Great Lakes Real Estate and has attempted to secure seats in the legislature and city council in the past, said she decided to run again because there’s still a lot of work to be done. If elected, she’d focus on several issues of local concern, including reducing crime and improving the quality of neighborhoods in the city.
In her roles as president of both the Hyde Park Business Association and North End Block Club, Corsaro said she’s developed a real “street sense” when it comes to the needs of the community and its residents.
“I’m running, basically, so we can get the county legislature involved in the city of Niagara Falls,” she said.