“There is no excuse for the disturbing and reprehensible flyer that was distributed earlier this week
on behalf of a Councilmember in Niagara Falls. This form of politics of personal destruction is
despicable. It is the poster child of what is wrong with politics today. It sends the wrong message to
the private sector, developers and job creators.
I resent the fact that I have been dragged into the politics of this issue when as a private
businessman and developer, I have worked hard to maintain a positive and honorable reputation over
the past 36 years.
Three of the four candidates in running in the Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council participated in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News on Friday.
Incumbents Sam Fruscione and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma talked about issues including economic development, tourism and the city's reputation. Incumbent Kristen Grandinetti did not participate due to illness.
Watch the entire debate, broken down into segments:
A candidates forum was held Monday night at the Rapids Theatre for seven City Council hopefuls. (Read the story.)
I've got the first three hours of the event on my digital audio recorder.
Let's start with the opening statements from each of the seven candidates. (In order of speaking: Samuel F. Fruscione, Vincent M. Sandonato, Charles A. Walker, Kristen M. Grandinetti, Andrew P. Touma, Robert J. Elder and Russell F. Vesci)
The Democratic candidates for Niagara Falls City Council competing in September's primary will appear in a live debate on BuffaloNews.com later this month.
Incumbents Sam Fruscione, Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma, have accepted invitations to participate in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News. It will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 30.
The video will be streamed on BuffaloNews.com and here on The Brink blog. Reporters Aaron Besecker and Brian Meyer will moderate.
Questions from readers are being accepted for use in the debate. Send your ideas for questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 27.
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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.