Tonawanda News — “All they’re doing is moving people around and these aren’t people with new ideas,” he said. “How many times have these candidates run for office?”
He added that Republican successes have more to do with individual character than their party ties.
“They’re individuals who happen to be Republicans,” he said. “They come in with their own ideas and plans. We look for people who can work together, we look for people with plans, who want to move the city forward.”
But North Tonawanda Democratic Committee Chairman Mark Houghton said Republicans often have taken credit for initiatives that were launched by their Democratic predecessors, including the addition of Walmart and the Remington Lofts in the Lumber City, adding that Second Ward candidate Lisa Spencer, First Ward candidate David Kelly, Bolsover and Loxterman all are newcomers to the political scene.
“It’s easy for them to rest on their laurels and say we recycle candidates when they’ve proven they steal the minor party lines,” he said.
On the issue of the surplus, Ortt said it was “fiscally irresponsible” to use up a fund balance to lower taxes for short-term gains, adding that the state comptroller’s office recommended holding reserves of roughly $2 million. He noted that the city, in actuality, has a $5 million in reserves, $2 million of which has been designated to hold the line on taxes.
“What happens if a road collapses next year,” he said. “Being fiscally conservative is also being fiscally responsible. They’re saying that because they want to get votes.”
Dubs, however, said the crux of the Democratic platform was to “reintroduce a progressiveness which has been sorely lacking in our city over the last four years.
“One one-party government here in North Tonawanda serves as a rubber stamp accountable to no one,” he said. “The Democratic candidates seek to reverse that trend.”