Tonawanda News — “Ortt has accomplished nothing on his own, all he’s done is rest on the laurels of the last two mayors,” Houghton said.
For his part, Ortt went on in the statement to cite economic development projects including renovations now taking place at the long-vacant City Marina, including plans for a new waterfront restaurant.
“I have always looked at this job as a four-year position. I never thought of it in terms of getting re-elected,” Ortt said. “I wanted to tackle the challenges that I felt were facing our city and have a positive impact. During my first term, we have seen an unprecedented period of economic expansion and growth over the past three years. From new business coming in, to existing companies that are expanding operations, our pro-growth, pro-business policies have yielded positive results.”
He said more can be done to build upon several of his previous initiatives aimed at decreasing costs and sharing the cost burden of municipal services with other entities, as well as addressing blight in the city.
“Even after four strong years ... there are still challenges that face our city,” he said. “We will continue to look at ways to decrease the cost of city government by sharing services and better utilizing taxpayer dollars. We must address our declining housing stock, as well as continue to repair our streets and infrastructure.”Contact city editor Neale Gulley at 693-1000, ext. 4114.