Niagara Gazette — “We have to be careful what we are doing,” he said. “We don’t want it to seem as though we are attacking people on Social Services all the time. Not everybody on Social Services is abusing the system. Some people need that to get by.”
As to the direct-pay resolution, Steed said he would have preferred a vote on the matter wait until another ongoing effort supported by county Democrats was ready to go, that being a measure aimed at requiring pre-inspection of any rental unit where the landlords are receiving rent vouchers through the county Social Services Department.
“I think there should have been something in place as far as inspection,” he said.
If elected, Allah said he’d take more of a “hands-on” approach to addressing the district’s problems. He believes youth outreach, crime prevention measures, concentrating on health and wellness programs and “localism” are keys to helping the district. By “localism,” he said it’s important to teach residents in the district about the important of putting “Niagara first” and buying “local first.”
“Some people say ‘we just need jobs,’ but really what we need is to educate people about a local economy,” he said.Fourth Legislative District Owen Steed (Incumbent) • AGE: 47 • OCCUPATION: Community liaison for the Niagara Falls Police Department • EDUCATION: Graduate Niagara Falls High School • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Democrat • ENDORSEMENTS: Niagara County Democratic Party, Sheet Metal Workers Local 71, Carpenters Local 276, Operating Engineers 463 and Iron Workers Local 9. • COMMUNITY: Member of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and member of the board for the Niagara Falls Education Foundation. • FAMILY: Single, father of one son Candace Corsaro (Challenger) • AGE: 64 • OCCUPATION: Real estate agent with Great Lakes Real Estate • EDUCATION: Graduate Trott Vocational in 1968, New York State certified real estate agent • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Republican • ENDORSEMENTS: Niagara County Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. • COMMUNITY: Past distinguished lieutenant governor Kiwanis of New York, president of Hyde Park Business Association since 2009, member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society, member of the Niagara Falls Board of Assessment Review, past vice president and secretary for the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and current president of the North End Block Club. • FAMILY: Widow, mother of three children Saladin Allah (Challenger) • AGE: 38 • OCCUPATION: Youth mentor, author and public speaker • EDUCATION: Graduated from LaSalle Senior High School. Attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Niagara Youth Party, will also appear on the Working Families and Green Party ballot lines. • ENDORSEMENTS: Niagara County Working Families and Green parties • COMMUNITY: Niagara Christian basketball program, mentor program leader at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, active with Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, New Jerusalem Church and created a mentoring program operated out of the Niagara Falls Public Library. • FAMILY: Son of Lois and Philip Frank, both of Niagara Falls. Single father of two daughters, Aziza and Asyah