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December 5, 2013

Sound Off published Dec. 5

Tonawanda News — In response to the Sound Off about Mayor Pilozzi closing Young Street. Let’s put the blame where it belongs and that’s with Council President Carl Zeisz. Mayor Pilozzi was out of town when that happened and when he got back into town, he rectified the situation and Young Street is now back open. It happens to be that Council President Zeisz polled the council-elect and they agreed to close it. So this is what you get for electing who got put in office in November.


City officials don’t see how depressing the Webster Street holiday decorations are because they shop at Walmart at the outskirts of the city or in Amherst. Would have been a good photo opportunity to light the city tree and Webster decorations. Maybe we should move Webster Street to the Meadow Drive extension near Walmart!


Webster Street of Christmases past had city decorations, not those LED lit all year but rarely visible things the merchants put up when there were trees to put them on. Those were there year round, lit 24 hours a day but not visible until it was dark and downtown was deserted. Bring back the holiday music that used to be broadcast from noon to after dark at this time of year — and colored lights. And why no more tree lighting ceremony on our side in Triangle Park to kick off turning on the lights and music?


The recent caller was correct. Houses do shake on Robinson Street from the trucks. That is why the Wheatfield Street residents fought for years to relocate the truck route from their street to Robinson! Why don’t they extend Walck through to River Road and make that the truck route to Erie Avenue and Sweeney Street to the boulevard?


I would like to know which projects, exactly, did the previous council stand in the way of when Larry Soos was mayor? Walmart? Go back and look at the paper, the council at the time all supported the project in both their words and their deeds. I can, however,  think of a few projects they didn’t support. One was renting the marina to the owners of a local bar that is no longer in business. If you’ve been to the marina lately, I think that the council made the right decision. How about giving the lease to the golf course restaurant to a young man with absolutely no experience running one? How about Meadow Drive? Mayor Soos opposed the extension from the start opposing the former council president at every turn on his efforts to secure the funding. Larry opposed that project both as a councilman and again as a mayor and if, when he was mayor, would have worked half as hard as Mayor Ortt, the extension would have been completed years ago. So please, tell me again which specific projects of former Mayor Soos did the council oppose?

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