Tonawanda News


November 6, 2013

Ortt rolls up second term


Tonawanda News — But it wasn’t enough, a point conceded by Zehr herself. 

“I never really thought I was going to win,” she said. “I knew it was going to be a longshot. People think the Republicans are wonderful. That’s what they wanted, that’s what they got. Maybe we just didn’t have a good platform. We’ll give them a good fight next time, we’re not done yet.”

Zehr also thanks Ortt for “not using low tactics.”

“There was no mud slinging, he was a gentleman,” she said. “It’s quite obvious we need to get some younger people, we need to get people with energy. We need to start all over again. Maybe we need new leadership.” 

Ortt, meanwhile, said he would like to focus on the city’s streets, water and sewer lines, as well as new rounds of union contracts during the next four years, with a plan to summarize his term during a January State of the City address. 

“It will certainly be more of what we’ve already done as well,” he said. “But you can’t rest on your laurels.” 

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