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May 24, 2014

Sound Off published May 24

Tonawanda News — I know it rained but what does it take to get the grass cut and garbage picked up around the city? I’m elderly and I take care of my property. Who do I call about this? 

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In the “Do You Remember” section of the Tonawanda News for May 18, I see that the boathouse owners were mad at then Governor George Pataki because he brought $94,000 to the city to remove boathouses on the Niagara River. What happened to that money? Why are those boathouses still there?  Who are they serving? Answer: They are boathouses for the privileged public employee and Republican politically-connected folks. Filled with retired and present firefighters, police officers and enabled public officials, as close to Mayor Ortt as his own secretary. The dirty secret of NT.

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Who is Primus? Tom Cochrane?  The Fray?  Dennis DeYoung? Styx?  Why don’t we have concerts of interest to the majority of residents of the Tonawandas instead of bringing in the young alcohol guzzling crowd?

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To the Sound Off caller who doesn’t understand the historic significance of the Niagara Falls Power Transfer Station on Robinson Street:  The North Tonawanda History Museum has the  history of this treasure in its two full-length books and tells about its significance in their Pan-American Exposition exhibit.  North Tonawanda would never have been the industrial center of the past it was from 1895 to the mid-1970s if not for that building having been constructed here in North Tonawanda. Congratulations to the City of North Tonawanda Historic Preservation Commission for their effort to insure its preservation.

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