Niagara Gazette — Last year the council stopped the tax increase that Dyster wanted for homeowners and businesses. We also declined a Power Authority arrangement that would have paid the city pennies on the dollar and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in the end. These were difficult decisions but decisions that had to be made for the good of the city.
The city council majority was a very early supporter of Nik Wallenda as he sought permission to walk across our waterfall. Sen. George Maziarz was instrumental in making Nik’s walk possible and this was an excellent example of bipartisan cooperation for the good of the community. Party politics is part of the political game but party politics should always finish a distant second to the common good.
I’ve been a proud continuing sponsor of the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial project. The memorial, due to the hard work of the veterans’ committee, is a distinct and fitting tribute to those who have selflessly served our nation.
Building demolitions and the related funding challenges continue to be at the top of my to-do list. Everything that is good about a city grows from its neighborhoods outward and so we have to go forward with demolitions while looking for new ways to fund the demolition work.
And because protecting our city’s neighborhoods is critical to maintaining our city’s tax base I’ve worked since 2009 to guarantee that the Cayuga Island neighborhood won’t be devalued through the Jayne Park Greenway Grant. While the mayor’s administration works to manipulate the Cayuga Island residents I continue to value the Cayuga Island community. This neighborhood deserves the respect that comes with footing a large part of the city’s tax bill. Cayuga Island only wants the park maintained, trees trimmed, grounds kept clean and playground equipment updated. It’s truly upsetting how they have become pawns in circumstances involving paid consultants and city hall.