Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls High School Business Teacher Giulio Colangelo is seeking a seat at the Niagara County Legislature.
Colangelo, a member of the Independence Party, announced his intentions to seek the Fifth District seat. He's previously served as an interim legislator in 2011, completing the unfinished term of Richard Marasco in the former First District.
"I was honored to have had a short-term opportunity to represent the citizens of this community," he said. "And though I learned much, I was deeply concerned by the initiative lost as a result of inter-party bickering."
Colangelo said he hopes his minor-party affiliation would go a long way in avoiding such problems.
A life-long resident of Niagara County, the graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia said he sees jobs as the number one issue facing the community.
The son of a blue-collar worker, he said Niagara County's workforce can once again harness the spirit which once helped the area prosper. And harnessing it, he said, is the responsibility of the elected officials.
"I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household where the family's needs, like so many others in this community, were for years met by a father working one of the thousands of industrial jobs available in the Western end of Niagara County," he said. "I firmly believe that our present day work force has that same work-ethic of our parents' generation. Frankly, it remains in the laps of our elected officials to expand the local job market to best take advantage of this resource."
In addition to teaching, Collangelo, 45, is also a former small business owner. He previously operated the Wall Paper and Paint Shoppe in Lewiston between 1990 and 2002, which he said has given him a profound sense of the daily challenges facing our local businesses.
Colangelo began teaching in 2003 as a special education teacher at LaSalle Preparatory School, and moved to the district's high school to teach business in 2008. He's since become head coach of the boys club lacrosse team.
Colangelo and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in the DeVeaux area and are members of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph's Church. For 13 years, Colangelo has been a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society, currently holding the position of Society Trustee.
He's also a member of the county's Youth Bureau board of directors.
"Interaction with the young people of this community," noted the former NFHS Varsity Basketball Coach, "provides valuable insight as to the needs of our families in todays society."