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September 8, 2013

Primary challenge for city council Dems


Niagara Gazette — Walker, like Touma, said he wants to see a more positive and cooperative attitude on the council so that the city can keep things moving in the right direction.

“Negativity breeds negativity,” Walker said. “We need to work together for the taxpayers and citizens deserve better than what they have been getting lately.”

Grandinetti, a prekindergarten teacher with the school district, is seeking a second term on the council. 

“I am an educated woman, who gets the facts and then votes; contrary to what my critics say I am not a rubber stamp,” she said. “I tell the truth to power and to my constituents. Unlike many of the leaders in our region I trust people with the facts and believe they are intelligent enough to assess a situation and support the best causes, developments and changes needed to make our city whole again.”

Grandinetti added that the only way to encourage development in the city is to build and maintain relationships at the local, state, and federal level that convey city officials are ready and trustworthy enough to invest here.

During a community forum at the Rapids Theatre earlier this month, Grandinetti said the city needs to keep working with the state to continue development downtown in an effort to attract young, college-educated people seeking an urban lifestyle.

“I think what we need to do is to focus on what we can do to attract young professionals,” she said.

Fruscione, also a teacher with the school district, did not respond to questions from the Gazette.

During the community forum, Fruscione said council members can help attract businesses and residents by keeping taxes down and making city government efficient.

“We need to hold the line on taxes and make sure that the perception, the cleanliness of the city is visible from all angles throughout the entire city,” Fruscione, who is seeking a third term on the council, said.

The three winners of the Democratic primary will face three Republican challengers — Robert Elder, Russel Vesci and Vincent Sandonato.

COMING TOMORROW • Coverage of the primary in the Lewiston supervisor's race. MUGS (In alphabetical order, please) Sam Fruscione Kristen Grandinetti Andrew Touma - NIA Touma mug 090813 Charles Walker

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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