Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls Democratic Party has a new leader.
Just days after members of the Niagara County Democratic Committee returned former Chairman Nick Forster to to his old post, party leaders in the city selected Falls native and former state senate staffer to lead them.
Members of the city's committee voted Wednesday to name Nick D'Aloise, an employee at the county Board of Elections who spent two years working for former state Sen. Antoine Thompson, as chairman. D'Aloise replaces outgoing city party chairman David Houghton, who held the post for the past two years.
D'Aloise has a degree in political science and environmental studies and has worked on several local campaigns in recent years, including Mayor Paul Dyster's successful re-election bid. He also served as campaign manager for the 2011 campaign of former city council candidate Alicia Laible, who lost in a close race to current Councilman Glenn Choolokian.
D'Aloise said he's looking to bring a hard-working attitude to the job and hopes he'll be able to work with Forster and other party members to improve the success rates of future Democratic candidates in Niagara.
"I think people know I have a reputation as being a hard worker," he said. "This isn't an end game for me. I'm just looking to help the community, not climb any ladder."
What does he consider the Democrats' biggest need, both in the city and the county?
In a word: Unity. D'Aloise said he's looking to work with Forster to build stronger sense of unity among party members countywide, an effort that he believes will help local Democrats raise funds, find volunteers and secure other resources needed to win elections.
"There needs to be a greater sense of camaraderie and unity among the committee members,” D"Aloise said. "By doing that, it makes it easier to get the support to run proper campaigns."