Tonawanda News

Opinion

June 6, 2012

Witryol: Reasons many for seeking seat

Tonawanda News — What does Niagara County need to create job growth and control taxes? Big changes here, and in Albany. And that requires a new state senator with the right experience and the right priorities.

My name is Amy Hope Witryol and I’m running for New York state Senate. 

I spent my career in business banking, lending to regional companies to help them grow and create jobs. 

My career has also included helping companies that became troubled from too much debt, too much spending or declining revenues. These are the same problems plaguing New York state.

I’m running against a career politician who has left the three counties in his district in last place when it comes to taxes and value. 

Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties have the highest property tax rates-to-property value in the entire United States. Together, these three have lost thousands of jobs in the past two decades

What else do these counties have in common? The same state senator for the past 18 years.

Major differences between myself and my opponent include:

I would not have voted to give disproportionate state education funds to wealthy Long Island school districts, while North Tonawanda schools suffer the consequences. 

I would not have flip-flopped on millions of dollars swept from the New York Power Authority into the state budget, by voting for $100 million in sweeps, after the election. 

I would not have promoted gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, which contributed to the bankruptcy of AES Somerset, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. 

The AES bankruptcy tied up property Verizon needed for the multi-billion dollar project that my opponent promised us before the election, but that disappeared after the election. 

I would not have asked a governor to veto my own bill for political cover, to benefit a big donor. Niagara County can be something other than the nation’s toxic waste dump.

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