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November 4, 2013

LEGISLATIVE RACES: Incumbent Steed seeking to fend off challenges from Corsaro, Allah in Fourth District


Niagara Gazette — Allah, whose birth name is Christopher Frank, was born and raised in the Falls by his parents, Lois and Philip Frank, a long-time city worker. He said it’s clear to him the 4th District is not a “desk-job district.” 

“As a leader, you have to be multi-faceted,” he said. “Not only should you be capable of fighting for legislation to be passed, but you also have to be an activist, someone who is out in the community. The position should be two-fold — legislator and activist.

“Representing this district demands a sense of urgency,” he added. “The concerns we have demand a sense of urgency. A lot of our issues and concerns should have been addressed yesterday.” 

Evidence of his activism can be found in his party affiliation. Allah formed and is the sole member of the Niagara Youth Party, a grassroots political group designed to offer something new to voters who may have become dissatisfied in the electoral process in recent years.

If elected, Allah said he does not believe his one-man party would put him at a disadvantage in the Republican-dominated legislature. 

“You still have to work in the best interest of the people you are serving, regardless,” he said. 

Steed argues the problems facing the district did not occur overnight and it will take more than one term to fix them. If elected, he said, he’d continue to focus on reforms within the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency in hopes of allowing existing businesses in the community to take advantage of tax breaks and other incentives. He also said county lawmakers must continue to trim spending in order to eliminate Niagara County’s tag as the “most taxed” county in America. 

“We won’t be able to fix things after one term,” said Steed, the Democratic candidate in this year’s race. “There’s been a long progression of Niagara Falls and Niagara County going down. It takes more than one term to address that.” 

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