Tonawanda News

August 7, 2013

Clark named to council post

By Michael Regan
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Common Council’s newest members was sworn in Tuesday to complete the term of Alderwoman-At-Large Nancy Donovan, who retired last week. 

Bob Clark, a Democrat who switched his political affiliation to Republican earlier this year, is also seeking a four-year term on the council, though after an interview process held by current members last week, he was selected by to fill out the remainder of Donovan’s term, through Dec. 31. 

Clark, now an Alderman-At-Large for at least the near-term, will attempt to extend his tenure in November’s elections. He is running against Democrat Beverly Loxterman, who was also interviewed along with two other interested parties by the Republican-controlled council. 

Clark said he grew up in the North Tonawanda, then travelled the country and the world as part of his military career before returning in 2008, adding that he now has a big picture vision of the Lumber City.  

While he said he fondly recalls the vitality of the once bustling industrial city of his youth, he believes that the municipality must now focus on its waterfront as part of the key to its future. 

Clark will almost certainly have a leg up in the coming election, with roughly three months of experience observing the inner-workings of the council, a point he conceded shortly after his first official duty on Tuesday. 

“Of course it can’t hurt,” he said. “It will allow me a training opportunity and it will make me a better person. I’m really excited and enthused about this. I believe in North Tonawanda.” 

Alderman-At-Large Mal Needler was also on hand for his first regular meeting since suffering a serious heart attack in late June. Needler thanked the many emergency workers and dispatchers he said saved his life and recounted his time recovering at Buffalo General Hospital. 

“I don’t remember a two-week period of my life,” he said, of his time in the hospital. “I’d like to thank everyone who was in my corner with this.” 

In other council news: 

• A local law that will offer tax incentives to those who “deconvert” their homes from a multi-family dwelling into a single family home was unanimously approved. 

• Rae Proefrock, April Gampp and Peter Trinkwalder were appointed to the North Tonawanda Historic Preservation Committee.