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November 4, 2013

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


Niagara Gazette — Steed said that while he does not consider himself a “political person,” the reality of the political climate in the legislature is a factor in creating change. As a Democrat, he serves in a minority by a wide-margin as Republicans and their affiliates control the majority 12 members to three. 

“It takes more than three to try to push reform,” Steed said. “The county has to work better together. We have to get past our differences as Republicans and Democrats and work for the people.”

Corsaro said she also considers herself an “independent” candidate, capable of rising above the party politics to do what’s best for her constituents. 

“I can’t do it alone,” she said. “No one person can accomplish it all. All we can do is try. We need to work together in the government. We can’t keep trying to do these things on our own because it’s not getting done.” 

Corsaro has called for reforms within the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, including reduction in the length of standard payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements from 10 to five years and the development of programs specifically designed for companies already doing business locally. 

“I want existing mom and pop small business to be able to have the same benefits,” she said. 

Corsaro also supports efforts to reform the county’s welfare program. A former welfare recipient herself who at one time also lived in public housing, she’d support measures aimed at requiring Social Services recipients who can’t find work to perform community service while they search for employment. 

“They would have to be involved within the community and do service projects,” she said. 

Steed, who voted against a resolution to direct publicly subsidized rental vouchers to landlords as opposed to tenants, said he too supports welfare reform, provided it does not infringe on those who genuinely deserve and need some help. 

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