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July 26, 2013

Rick Crogan stepping down from Main Street group to get more political


Niagara Gazette —

In getting political, a move his former position would have kept him from doing, he said he’ll be sitting down with some of the candidates running for office, both first-timers and incumbents, depending on their stances on issues like the hotel project. 

Chief among his targets may be Andrew Touma, with whom Crogan identified as a candidate he’d like to sit down and have a conversation. He complimented the candidate’s approach to candidacy and his intelligence, adding some fresh blood on the council would be welcome.

“We need change,” he said.

Other candidates he identified were former Niagara County Legislator Vincent Sandonato, a Republican, and incumbents Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker, both Democrats.

Walker himself received praise from Crogan for his stance taken Wednesday against the council majority following the vote to further delay the hotel project.

Walker, he said, showed great intestinal fortitude confronting Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian and councilmen Sam Fruscione and Robert Anderson Jr., who combined to stop the hotel’s progress with a 3-2 decision to keep the matter tabled despite about 60 percent support for the project from the gathered crowd at city hall.

“I’m so proud of Charles Walker, standing up to them last night,” Crogan said. “It sounds crass, but what this city really needs right now is some balls. We need to get some balls. We’re in a tough situation right now.

“We’re at a point now where they have to start thinking like business men, not politicians. It just baffles me why they wouldn’t want to make this city progress. We’re at a point where it’s personal now. On all levels. We’ve got to get to a point where everybody’s making decisions to move us forward as a city.”

The immediate future of the association’s leadership is unknown with Corgan’s departure. Calls to members of the board of directors were not returned by Niagara Gazette deadline.




Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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