Niagara Gazette — Now that the campaign has ended, I also would like to express my appreciation to the many dedicated volunteers who helped me deliver our message throughout the campaign. Some gave their time walking with me in neighborhoods from May through October, others marched in parades, including the rain-soaked Peach Festival Parade in September. I cannot forget those volunteers who went out and put up my signs at the homes of over 2,000 people who were gracious enough to request one, and those volunteers who distributed my literature throughout the district. Also, it was always overwhelming to me when I would go into our headquarters after going door-to-door in the district and see the number of people writing letters to friends, making phone calls to voters or filling out postcards. Thanks to all of you who gave up your time throughout the summer and fall. It was nice to have the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and make new ones. I can’t tell you how much your effort, kind words and support meant to my family and me.
Finally, I am especially grateful to the voters of Niagara County who gave me what I had hoped would be the margin of victory. The outcome of this election does not diminish my commitment to the ideas upon which our campaign was based, nor will it cause me to dismiss these ideas in favor of the more simplistic solutions we often hear from Albany. The outcome of this election has actually further convinced me of the need to continue advancing these ideas so that state government can help create the opportunities that we all need.
On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2013.Robert Restaino is a resident of Niagara Falls.