Tonawanda News

February 5, 2014

Ortt to deliver State of City today

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt will highlight his plan for the coming year during his annual State of the City address today, his fifth since taking office and the first of his second term since the Republican pounded his Democratic opponent Janet Zehr in November’s election capturing nearly 70 percent of the vote. 

The address, which will be held following a noon luncheon at Webster’s Bistro & Bar, is expected to highlight a plan to rehabilitate Oliver Street, once the city’s commercial hub, a move that will be helped along by the acquisition of a $200,000 state grant awarded through a competitive process in December and used for facade improvements along the ailing thoroughfare.  

Philosophical anchors of his four years in office — holding the line on taxes and consolidating city government — will also be discussed, Ortt said, along with the unveiling of a blueprint to “bring city government into the 21st century.” 

New infrastructure projects will also be announced, following several recent projects including the resuscitation of the Gratwick Riverside Marina and the long-awaited addition of the Meadow Drive expansion, among others. 

During his election night victory speech in November, Ortt said he would focus on the city’s streets, water and sewer line upgrades and union contracts in the next four years. 

The address, which will kick off at roughly 1 p.m., is open to the public at 102 Webster St., while a transcript of the speech will be released at the Feb. 18 North Tonawanda Common Council meeting, and in the mayor’s office.