The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda technician has announced plans to run for Niagara County Legislature.
Michael NeMoyer, who works as a field technician servicing banking machines for the firm Pendum LLC, announced this week that he intends to challenge incumbent lawmaker Kathryn Lance in the legislature's seventh district which includes portions of North Tonawanda and the Town of Wheatfield.
"The people need better representation that focuses on job creation and retention and economic development,” NeMoyer said in a release issued by his election campaign. "From what I’ve seen, the one-party rule in the legislature has left a spiral of economic decline, continued high taxes and an exodus (of) young people from Niagara County. The time to change that direction is now.”
NeMoyer said he wants an overhaul of the county industrial development agency to better enhance job creation instead of simply reducing much needed revenue for local governments and school districts for projects that offer little economic bounce and long-term growth.
“I want to give the people in the seventh district representation that can trust," NeMoyer said.
NeMoyer’s work has enabled him to travel around the country.
“When I see thriving communities elsewhere, without the resources and assets we have in Niagara County, it makes we wonder why we can’t do better here and why the county government is content with the status quo,” he said.
NeMoyer is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He is an avid camper and sailor. He and his wife, Amylynn, are expecting their first child in August.
“I see public service as a way to make life better for our children," NeMoyer said. “Working families across Niagara County are not getting a fair deal from county government and I want to be part of changing that.”
“Mike’s is the kind of voice we need in the legislature,” said Niagara County Democratic Party Chairman Nick Forster. “He’s young, bright and innovative. We need more people in county government that embrace change are not willing to accept the guaranteed mediocrity we have now.”