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January 1, 2014

TAKING CHARGE

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Tonawanda News — But as North Tonawanda seeks to sustain a steady drumbeat of development projects often backed by state and federal funding, the City of Tonawanda will search to begin its own legacy said Davis, who in part ran on a platform of expediting a solution to the city's longstanding economic woes. 

That point was referenced Wednesday during Davis' closing remarks, when he talked about working "collectively and collaboratively" with the council, moving away from an often fractured culture that has taken place in recent years.  

"We need to look at what other communities are doing," he said. "I for one have no doubt that we will work together." 

And while both municipalities, like much of Western New York, have for decades steadily lost portions of their populace, the economic momentum over the last several years has been decidedly tilted to the Lumber City, where millions of dollars have been brought in to its downtown corridor. 

Ortt noted that part of the city's slow, steady successes can be attributed to a unified council often working on the same page. State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who presided over Ortt's oath summarized it this way: 

"Other municipalities look with envy on downtown North Tonawanda," he said. "We are clearly on the move." 

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