Tonawanda News — The date of the RFP is important, as it was shortly after one of the largest collapses of our housing industry in history, along with the bailout of many financial/mortgage institutions and manufacturers. Let me state affirmatively I am not opposed to new housing when it makes sense, but there is almost nothing in this proposal that was asked for. While our economy has not fully recovered, it has changed for the better. Let’s step back and reconsider the situation before we accept something that will impact our city finances forever. The mayor and council have worked on this for almost five years, and some may be too proud to say the timing wasn’t right or a mistake is being made. I was not a part of the team that brought us where we are now.
When built, the new homes will be on the doorstep of a Veterans Park and a quick walk to the river. Stores are nearby; our streets are safe; many would love to have our school system. Let’s not sell ourselves short.
If I am elected, I will vote against this proposal and will push to eliminate this giveaway or push for another bid on it.
If you have any questions, please call me at 743-0690.
Paul Brunner is a candidate for the City of Tonawanda’s First Ward seat.