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December 19, 2013

Sound Off published Dec. 19

Tonawanda News — Is Mayor Ortt going to stick it to the taxpayers by assuming the concerts from Lockport full time and waste money like Mayor Tucker did, his Republican buddy? The same promoter paid jack for using Gratwick Park this past summer and she rolled in the money. The city ate the overtime along with it being a safety hazard. I can’t believe that the city attorney signed off on these concerts with all the liability. The concerts bring in nothing economically other than freeloaders and trouble. But, I can see it now, Ortt saying “as promised, I brought the free concerts back.” At what cost, mayor? Bring the figures and contract before the public.

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The comment on letters by the NT candidates being put together by the party bosses in this column during the campaign period was right on. Most of those in office during the last four years can’t put more than a sentence or two together without help. Does anyone ever check with the places they claim to have been involved to see if they ever did anything with them? 

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Why don’t we ever read what year our young mayor graduated from NTHS as we usually do from other candidates? Did he go straight to college and skip high school? No, he graduated from St. Joe’s in 1997. His now six years in political office are the longest he’s spent at anything other than growing up.  Who winds him up and really runs City Hall?

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Why are there signs all over Lockport telling you where their historical venues are and only a few in NT about the carrousel museum but none about the NT History Museum and Railroad Museum?  

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Just had the opportunity to attend the National Honor Society Christmas for Kids program today at THS.  What a great program for the kids. They, along with their parents, really seemed to enjoy themselves with games, snacks, seeing friends and seeing the grand old man himself, Santa. What I noticed the most was the participation of THS administration and Board of Education members. A BOE member was there to greet us, administration members were throughout assisting and enjoying, and Dr. Newton himself, was in attendance and played a very key role in the event. Well done Tonawanda. Well done. Shows a lot of heart and care for our students.

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