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January 3, 2013

Grandinetti announces she'll seek another term on council

Niagara Gazette — Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti will be running for another term on the city council.

Grandinetti has told the Gazette she intends to run for re-election this fall. She said the council and Mayor Paul Dyster have seen improvements in the city and she wants to continue building off that momentum.

“Despite all of the financial difficulties we have faced over the years we have accomplished a lot,” she said.

Grandinetti, a school teacher and teacher’s aide with Niagara Falls Public Schools for 18 years, said she hopes to continue working to grow downtown. Priorities for her second term include capitalizing on the community development department’s Live NF program and working to make downtown safer through policing to strengthen the core of the city.

“When you are redeveloping a city you have to grow from the core out,” Grandinetti said. “We absolutely need to grow downtown.”

Grandinetti, who began serving on the council in 2010, has been seen as an ally to Dyster, who sometimes bumps heads with council majority members Chairman Sam Fruscione, Councilman Glenn Choolokian and Councilman Robert Anderson Jr.

Grandinetti said that she takes each vote on a case-by-case basis and does what she believes is right for the city.

“The mayor and I have similar sensibilities and vision, but we don’t agree on everything,” Grandinetti said. “If we do have a disagreement we take care of it behind closed doors.”

Fruscione and Councilman Charles Walker are also in the last year of their terms and will have to run for re-election to hold their seats.

Grandinetti said she feels she is a valuable member of the council because she is willing to take stands aginst other members of the council.

“I feel like I’m willing to stand alone with my vote and give a voice to people who aren’t always heard,” Grandinetti said.

If re-elected Grandinetti also plans to help save the city money through her proposal to combine the community development and economic development departments.

Grandinetti has seen her service on the council as an “honor” and hopes to continue on working for the community, she said.

“I’m excited.”

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