BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)- Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has announced he will not run for re-election after three terms. Mayor Dyster made the announcement in a letter to the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee Wednesday, noting that “Twelve years is a long time to serve as mayor and I have concluded the time has come for me to give more attention to the other priorities in my life, including spending more time with my family.” He went on to say..’Though I have no immediate plans, I have not ruled out the possibility I might someday again seek elective office.”
“I respect the mayor’s decision, ” said Seth Piccirillo, who was appointed by Dyster as the Director of Community Development, but Piccirrillo announced months ago he’s running for Niagara Falls Mayor. “We are a series of neighborhoods,” said Piccirillo. “We need to improve things in our neighborhoods so people who live there have pride about it and talk about that pride to people who live around the city and around the region. We need to build ourselves up and that starts on the grassroots neighborhood level.”
Piccirillo may have to run in a three way Democratic primary against City Councilman Ezra Scott, and longtime attorney and former City Judge Robert Restaino. “We have to improve the business climate here. Right now we have a two-tier tax system in our business community where their taxes are at a different rate than residences,” said Restaino, who is currently the presdient of the Niagara Falls School Board. “I think that we can broaden the business tax rate , which helps raise revenue.”
The only candidate we know of who plans to run on the Republican line is former Council Chair Glenn Choolokian, who used to run as a democrat.”I’m a family oriented person, conservative. If you look at my viting record, I’ve always preferred what best for the people, conservative on a federallevel. It’s Republican values or family values, church oriented.”
The candidates who run in a primary can begin collecting signatures in the last week of February and must submit their petition to run in June primary by the first week of April.