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November 6, 2013

Davis delivers resounding win

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Tonawanda News — Pilozzi, a veteran who was on the council for eight years and has been mayor since 2006, based much of his campaign on the stabilization of the city’s financial status and property taxes, as well as progress made at the former Spaulding Fiber property. He conceded the race Tuesday night and wished Davis the best. 

“The bottom line is I did the best I could financially and in every other way for the city,” Pilozzi said Tuesday at a gathering of local Republicans. “It’s a democracy, the people spoke, and I’m OK with that.” 

Pilozzi noted that he wished he could work with the new Republican candidates that were elected to the council, as the body was previously controlled by Democrats. Two-term councilman Richard Slisz’s comments Tuesday night highlighted the tenuous relationship between the mayor and some council members. 

“We had to watch him like a horse, because he was a slippery guy, and we finally caught him,” Slisz, a Democrat who lost his re-election bid Tuesday, said. 

During the campaign, Pilozzi stood by the Little League Drive housing contract as a way for the city to bring in much-needed revenue without paying the $1.8 million for infrastructure costs at the 16.94-acre site, which is currently without sewer and water lines.

He said Tuesday that the project may have been misunderstood by voters. 

“It is a good project for the city, and bringing in new families bodes well,” he said. “But the project was made to look like it was all my idea, and it wasn’t. Now, it is his and the council’s call.” 

After more than 20 years in city politics, he said he hopes to spend time with his grandchildren come Jan. 1.

“I don’t think people realized how much time I put into this job,” he said. 

Contact reporterJessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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