Niagara Falls City Councilman Andrew Touma announces re-election bid

March 16th, 2017


Niagara Falls City Councilman Andrew Touma announces re-election bid

Incumbent Democratic Councilman Andrew Touma has announced his re-election, in doing so making his bid the fifth this year for three available Niagara Falls City Council seats open for November's election. 

Touma, dean of students at LaSalle Preparatory High School, has served on the council since 2013, including two stints as chairman. 

 

Four years ago, it was a feeling that local lawmakers had "lost sight of their purpose and ability to move our great city forward" that encouraged his freshmen run for election in the city. 

"Some members needed to be more receptive to the needs of the public and provide them a voice," he said in a prepared statement. "Over the past three years ... I'm happy to say that we have given residents the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process."

Recently, Touma has pushed for a consolidated casino spending plan and for the implementation of paid parking rules in the downtown.

 

Calling himself a "public servant," not a politician, Touma championed his involvement in the city council's neighbor-to-neighbor meetings – informal sessions that rotate throughout city communities to hear concerns – and the revitalization of the city's Human Rights Commission. 

"During my tenure on the council, I remained an independent voice, yet worked with my council colleagues to implement laws such as eliminating door-to-door solicitors, reducing the use of casino dollars in the budget, reducing expenses and increasing revenue," he said. 

"We have been successful with improving the quality of life through the improvement of city parks as well as the addition of a new skate park; all while lowering homestead taxes for residents," he continued.

Touma joins two pairs of candidates from each side of the aisle in November's race. Touma and his fellow incumbent Democrat Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti will be challenged by Democrat Danielle DePalma and Republicans Robert Pascoal and Sam Archie.

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