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Audio: NT Democratic chair questions spending

NORTH TONAWANDA -- City Democratic Committe Chairman Mark C. Houghton on Tuesday night questioned some recent spending by the Republican-dominated city government on a marina study and the hiring of a restructuring consultant.

Houghtonmark During the public comment portion of the Common Council meeting in City Hall, Houghton (pictured at left) also criticized the state of the city's streets, and questioned the need for a full-time mayor.

"I just think that it's kind of tough doing a $100,000 study just to tell us a marina's a marina," Houghton said.

Mayor Robert G. Ortt (at right) and all five Common Council members are Republicans. Orttrobert

Listen to the exchange between Houghton and the elected officials:

"Obviously our friend, the Democratic chairman, coming up I think officially kicks off political season in 2011," Ortt said before the close of the meeting. 

Listen to Ortt's concluding statement:

Four Council seats will be up for election later this year, as well as the post of city clerk-treasurer.

--Aaron Besecker