By Anthony Casilio
Niagara Gazette — I write to you today to give you my impressions of Richard Sirianni who is currently running for councilman in the Town of Niagara. Rick and I have come to know each other over the past few years as part of his work around and on the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District Board of Education.
Sirianni has long championed the children of the district where he has worked tirelessly for their benefit and for the betterment of the district as a whole. His concern and effort as a member of the Board of Education begins with the children but includes trying to do what is best for all involved. That includes the teachers, the administrators, the staff, the parents and most definitely the taxpayers. He understands that operations such as a Board of Education affect many people with countervailing concerns. It takes an ability to take a balanced and thoughtful approach to each situation. It is apparent that Rick tries to bring this approach in everything he does on the board.
In a prior life, Rick was a longtime union representative for a large, local industrial concern. Although he grew up in Niagara Falls, as I did, I did not know him then. However, I do know someone who knew him while he was acting in this capacity. As a matter of fact, that person was on the opposite end of the negotiations with his union. In speaking to this person about Rick, he had nothing but good things to say about him. He pointed out Rick’s willingness and ability to work to reach an agreeable solution and even more importantly, his respectfulness and honesty. If someone on management thought this of Rick, what did the union members he represented think of him.
None of this was surprising to hear. One of the things that are first apparent when you meet Richard Sirianni is his honesty and his respect for all those with whom encounters. He utilizes these attributes in all his public service endeavors.
As part of his duties on the board, Rick also works on the audit committee of the board of which I am a member. This situation gives me a bird’s-eye view on how this man works. Whether it is as part of the audit committee or as part of the board in general, Rick is willing to ask tough questions and take positions that might not be popular. He believes in the positions he takes. He might want to try to compromise but when it comes time to do what is best for the children of Niagara-Wheatfield he is more than willing to step up and take a stand. Whether you agree or not with his positions, it still impresses me that he has the integrity to act in such a way.
So he is hardworking, experienced, knows the area; he is honest and respectful, acts with integrity and is willing to work with others for the common good. But those things are not what impress me the most about Richard Sirianni. The most important measurement of a man to me is how a man is as a father and a husband. You cannot find someone who is a better, more loving and considerate father and/or husband than Rick. He is just a good man.
Richard Sirianni is running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines for Town of Niagara Council. So with all I know of him, he is not only a good man, but Richard Sirianni is a good choice for councilman for the Town of Niagara.Anthony Casilio is a resident of the Town of Niagara.