Niagara Gazette

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March 31, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Falls council candidate wants to be 'voice of reason'

Niagara Gazette — My name is Andy Touma and it is my intention to seek one of the three seats available on the Niagara Falls City Council this year. I’m a lifelong resident of this city, having been born and raised in LaSalle and now residing in DeVeaux.

As an educator in the Niagara Falls School District for the past 18 years, I have been fortunate to meet so many wonderful people who were working very hard to raise their families, advance their careers, and improve the quality of life in our city. I have admired these residents who are using their unique skills to help our community recover from decades of decline brought on by poor decision making and difficult economic conditions.

In my professional life, I base my decisions on what is best for all of my students. I know my decisions will impact their well-being and potential success. Similarly, as your councilman, I pledge to work for all the residents of Niagara Falls in serving their best interests. Together, we will work to move our city forward. I pledge to be open to your ideas and input and to utilize your unique talents in the accomplishment of our shared goals. You can be sure your voice will be heard! Working together, we can change our future for the better.

My goal is to make Niagara Falls a place in which businesses wish to invest, and residents receive the essential services they deserve. Business investment in our city results in both revenue growth and an expanding tax base. However, developers will not consider investing in Niagara Falls unless all departments within city government are united and working together. City hall needs to be more business-friendly and assist future business owners in accessing any and all available local resources. I will work to instill a welcoming atmosphere that will support investors and assist them in the all-important process of nurturing their development ideas from dreams into realities.

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