Moving Forward, Looking Back

Moving Forward, Looking Back

 Guest View By Seth Piccirillo

 Since I announced my campaign for Mayor of Niagara Falls back in October of 2018, I have been blessed with the opportunity to talk in person with thousands of you at your doors. The chance to engage in real conversations with you and your families has been a true gift. It has created a real conversation about quality of life issues and I have learned so much about our city from neighborhood experts: you. 

 Our mayoral campaign has focused on real policy solutions and the very real problems our city faces. We believe in investing in neighborhoods, implementing a community policing strategy, and implementing a tax system that is fair and equitable for homeowners. We believe that after decades of repeating many of the same mistakes time after time, we as a city must choose leaders that will make our city proud.  But this campaign is about more than policy and talking points. 2019 is a turning point. In this election we must decide who we want to be as a city in the future.

 I am proud to be part of a new generation of leadership. We are committed to the city we call home, well-rooted in a deep adoration of the generations who came before. We are called to make those past generations proud. We are called to serve as a way to show respect to the resilient residents and small business owners that made a lifetime commitment to this place. In so many different ways, we stand on their shoulders, motivated by their hope that our city will one day return to better days.

 At the same time, I believe the path to a better future lies in concrete and creative ideas. In my opinion, we simply have no other choice than to take a new approach to the way we invest in our neighborhoods, to improving our City’s tax structure, and to preventing and addressing crime. As we all know, the world is changing rapidly, and Niagara Falls must be prepared to deal with the economy of 2020 and beyond through policies that are rooted in timeless ideas but that are implemented in new and creative ways. 

I understand that it’s common in politics for new ideas to be torn down by those who prefer the status quo. I also realize that instilling fear in people about the new and the different is a very common, if dated, political tactic. However, if the months that I have spent walking door-to-door and speaking with you about the future of this City have taught me anything, it’s that Niagara Falls is ready for new and creative ideas. Niagara Falls is ready for a new generation of leadership to help create a better future for our children, grandchildren, and beyond. 

Thank you, Niagara Falls. I am grateful every day for this City and its people, and I hope that you will allow me to serve as your next Mayor. Primary Day is June 25, and polls are open from 12 PM to 9 PM. 

 Seth Piccirillo is a candidate for mayor and a life-long resident of Niagara Falls

Seth Piccirillo