Tonawanda News

January 2, 2013


Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Surrounded by his family, Republican New York state Assemblyman John Ceretto was sworn in to office Tuesday by Grand Island Town Justice Hon. Mark Frentzel at town hall. 

Ceretto spoke during the event about the importance of focusing on job creation and economic development for Western New York and increasing fiscal responsibility in Albany during the 2013 legislative session.

“Creating jobs and fostering sustainable economic growth in Western New York must continue to be a priority for both the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo in 2013,” Ceretto said. 

A portion of Ceretto’s district in Niagara Falls, has been in the economic doldrums for years, despite the advantage of millions of visitors each year, who come to witness one of the world’s natural wonders. He prefaced his term with the idea that governmental reforms would ease burdens on municipalities, school districts and business. 

“As the newly appointed ranking member on the state Assembly Tourism Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the governor to promote this vital economic sector for Western New York, while continuing to tout the use of our low-cost power to create high-tech manufacturing jobs,” he said. “We must also work to build upon the budgetary successes of the past two years and pass meaningful fiscal reforms such as a cap on state spending, unfunded mandate relief and tax reform.”  

Ceretto was first elected in 2010 to the 138th Assembly District and was re-elected to the newly created 145th Assembly District on Nov. 7 in a close race. 

The 145th Assembly District includes the towns of Cambria, Grand Island, Lewiston, Niagara and Wheatfield, Niagara Falls and parts of North Tonawanda.

“While these last two years have seen tremendous progress for New York State in general and our region in particular, there remains hard work to be done. I will work with my colleagues in Albany and locally to keep the momentum going,” he said.