Niagara Gazette


September 23, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Building a better future for the Falls

Niagara Gazette — During this year’s campaign for city council, I attempted to lay out my specific ideas for progress in Niagara Falls. Initially, I discussed my views about building consensus within city government and the need to support those community organizations that give our city a much needed boost. As the campaign progressed, I explained my plan for economic development as being rooted in a public-private partnership that included our neighborhood business groups as well as USA Niagara Development Corp.

However, from the time I first, began circulating petitions right up to the primary election day, my central focus has been neighborhood restoration. I sincerely believe that city government has a major responsibility to provide its citizens with an efficient and effective program of housing rehabilitation and new housing construction.

On Sept. 10, I was gratified to learn that many of you shared my vision for the future of our city. On that day, I was fortunate to receive the highest number of votes among the four candidates competing in the Democratic primary for city council. In 27 out of 36 election districts, I finished first among the candidates. I want the residents of Niagara Falls to know how humbled and grateful I am for the trust they have placed in me. This trust has energized me as I continue the campaign into the general election.

Most importantly, though, the many different ideas I heard from the countless voters I met at their homes have made a significant impact on me. These opinions from concerned citizens have caused me to think very carefully about the kind of community we need to create and what that will mean for residents in every neighborhood.

It’s a typical view in modern American society that we expect our government to provide us with the solutions to economic and social problems. At the same time, we expect government to hold down, and even decrease, the costs of the services it provides. We feel entitled to this concept of an ever expanding level of service while seeing our tax bills go down. In reality, my friends, that view of entitlement is simply an illusion and those candidates who try to sell it to you are perpetuating a fraud. Just ask them to explain the specifics of how they plan to achieve this entitlement.

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