who i am

Hi. My name is Seth Piccirillo, and I am running for the Mayor of Niagara Falls in 2019. I was born here. My wife Kelly and I are raising our daughters Tessa and Nola here. Niagara Falls is home and I am proud to work in this community, everyday. Thanks for visiting the site.

This city is more than my location. Niagara Falls is who I am. From an early age, I wanted more for my hometown. I focused my frustrations and aspirations for Niagara Falls on an education and career in public service.  My parents Al and Marsha taught us to be a servant leader by example and our entire family showed me that community is life’s greatest gift. That pursuit of community will always be at the center of my story.

I am running for Mayor to do something, not to be something. Our campaign will be about what we, and I mean all of us, can get done together in our neighborhoods. We will put forth specific plans for real issues rather than talk in slogans. As Director of Niagara Falls Community Development for the past six years, I have learned that we can innovate while saving taxpayer dollars if we start with real public participation. As Mayor, we will use that same model to focus every financial, policy and service resource on neighborhood quality of life, first and foremost.  

I have worked in local and state government for 13 years, starting as a City Hall intern. Constituent service, public forums, neighborhood workshops and community cleanups are the parts of government where I feel most at home. I am going to bring that vibe to this campaign. I never understood traditional political speak and respect my neighbors too much to use spin or theatrics as part of this election. That behavior just isn’t who I am and it certainly does not translate into results. You deserve better, and you will get that from me.

The current state of American politics is getting uglier by the day. Niagara Falls is facing serious issues, and many people are frustrated. Through this announcement, I became a politician for the first time in my career and that does not feel natural for me, to be honest.  So, I am going to do what I know – reach out and create community. We made this announcement early to create a real conversation around local solutions to local problems. As always Niagara Falls, I look forward to working with you.


Seth, Kelly, Tessa and Nola (who isn’t too sure about this photo)

Seth, Kelly, Tessa and Nola (who isn’t too sure about this photo)

Professional Experience

Director of Community Development
City of Niagara Falls
2012 to Present

Acting Director of Code Enforcement
City of Niagara Falls
January 1, 2018 to Present

Manager of Government Affairs
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
2008 to 2012

Legislative Director
New York State Assembly
2005 to 2008


2016 Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 Award
2016 Friend of the YWCA Award
2016 Our Lady of Angels Association Service Award
2015 Niagara’s 12 Under 40 Award
2015 Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association Appreciation Award
2014 Leadership Niagara Emerging Leader Award
2012 Main Street Business Association Special Recognition Award


Masters, Public Administration
SUNY Brockport, 2006

Bachelor of Science, Political Science
SUNY Brockport, 2004

Recent Projects

Summer In Your City Series
Niagara Falls Zombie Fight Project
Niagara Falls Home Ownership Auction
Participatory Budgeting 360
City-wide Playground Improvements
Niagara Falls Family Movie Nights
Niagara Falls Small Business Cash Mobs
Jingle Falls USA, Organizing Committee Member
LiveNF, Co-Founder
NF Pints for Progress, Co-Founder


Niagara Police Athletic League Board of Directors
Member, Niagara Beautification Commission