Niagara Gazette

January 3, 2013

Choolokian says he is seeking council chairmanship

By Justin Sondel
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The city council will likely have a new chairman this year.

Councilman Glenn Choolokian said that he has circulated a letter asking for the support of his fellow council members in making him chairman, and has the support of now-Chairman Sam Fruscione and Councilman Robert Anderson Jr.

The first order of business on the agenda for Monday’s council meeting will be a vote for council chairman, a position that has been held by Fuscione for the last three years.

“I’m hoping that my experience with the budget, the ban on (hydraulic fracturing) and the other stuff we accomplished this year will hopefully show that I can be a good leader,” Choolokian said.

Choolokian said that as chairman he would look to work with Mayor Paul Dyster’s administration to capitalize on opportunities for the Falls while trying to deal with another tough financial year.

“Hopefully we can get Niagara Falls going in the right direction,” he said.

Anderson said he thinks each council member should be given an opportunity to serve as chairman.

“When the people vote us in the expect us to share the role of leadership,” Anderson said. “Glenn has shown over the past year that he deserves that opportunity.”

Fruscione was voted onto the council in 2006 and served as chairman in 2008. Former Councilman Christopher Robbins was chairman in 2009 and Fruscione has held the position since Robbins left the council in 2010.

He said it takes a special person to be council chairman and he believes Choolokian is a capable leader.

“In the past year Glenn has demonstrated that he has what it takes to lead the city council,” Fruscione said.

Fruscione feels as though he has accomplished a lot as chairman, but said he will support Choolokian in his new role.

“Glenn has earned it,” he said.

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