Niagara Gazette

Opinion

November 1, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Time for a change in the Town of Lewiston

Niagara Gazette — Lewiston needs a new direction, new leadership and a different way for the town government to operate. As the Democratic candidate for Town of Lewiston supervisor, I represent a commitment to change and an end to the practices that have caused so many people in our town to lose fundamental trust and confidence in our town government.

Because of my love and respect for our community, I have devoted most of my spare time in trying to be an active member and volunteer for such groups as the Lewiston Community Lions Club, the Lewiston Kiwanis Club where I presently sit as a board member, Friends of the Lewiston Library and the Lower Niagara Moose Lodge.

For 10 years I have directed the Red Brick Bench Press Championships which has grown so large that we were forced to move it to the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo. This yearly fundraising event has raised over $94,000 for our U.S. troops and their families throughout Western New York. For the past two years I have been the chairman of the Kiwanis Block of Dollars for Women and Children’s Hospital and for the last several years a committee member of the Dave Q Memorial Bike Run with proceeds that have benefited local volunteer fire companies, Mercy Flight and Donate Life. In 2014 I will be serving as co-chairman of the 2014 Lewiston Peach Festival.

I will run the Town of Lewiston as a business. My personal accountant classified me years ago as being frugal and I will run Lewiston the same way. No more over-spending and stricter accountability. At the same time I will make sure the residents of the Town of Lewiston receive the great service that they have expected from our recreation, highway and water/sewer depts.

I will work to make every Lewiston resident safe in their homes and on our streets with adequate support given to our assets, the police and fire companies. As I have as a member of the Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees, I will continue to pressure Artpark to assume greater responsibility for police services for events. It’s a matter of fairness. Our town residents should not have to subsidize Artpark events producing substantial revenue.

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