If you read the Niagara Falls Reporter you found out Johnny Destino is gearing up for a primary run against incumbent George Maziarz for the 62nd State Senate seat. I want to get this out of the way right now. This article is based off my opinion and not of Wake Up Niagara. Me personally I have to throw my endorsement to Johnny Destino. One thing Western New York needs is new leadership. Johnny Destino brings just that. He worked for my parents at Jacos Pizza in the kitchen area. I remember as a kid my parents brought up how people use to steal from them. When I asked my mom about Johnny she said he was the most honest and hardest worker she ever had.
Johnny left the area for a little bit to come down my way near Charlotte. Raleigh, North Carolina. However, he came back to Niagara Falls, NY! He had no reason to come back. He could of stayed here in North Carolina and had the life the way business has been booming here in North Carolina. When I met him in September while he was running for Mayor. I remember the evening like it was yesterday. We just got off from being on the Niagara Broadcast Network, and we met a group of people at The Como. I mentioned to him that I would be returning to the area after I finish my college education. Johnny said clear as crystal “it just isn’t the same there as it is being home.” From there I knew he really had the communities best interest at heart.
You can tell that if you pay attention the way he stands up to the status quo on the Niagara Falls School Board of Education. He understands the law and really what it means to change the community. George Maziarz had 18 years to do so. My major concern in for the Niagara Falls area. When the Seneca Casino was being discussed and payment issues were in the works. Mr. Maziarz was that man in the room negotiating that payment plan and how the money was going to be used. You can just look on how much your community is getting and draw your own conclusion on that issue. The city was stiffed, and from 1974 until the doors closed of the convention center in which spent roughly $84 million dollars to keep the doors open.
When Andrew Cuomo took office in 2011 he proposed a tax cap. Get that word CAP, not CUT. This gives every local municipality the ability to still raise the property tax 2% or no higher then inflation. George Maziarz supports that tax cap. I am sorry to burst everyone’s bubble. Niagara Falls, NY needs to have a tax rise like they need a hole in the head. No one will ever return to the area with begin the highest tax in the world. Trust me I see everyone that use to live there that currently resides here. They tell me the exact same story, and why the politicians don’t get that is beyond me.
As the campaign unfolds follow Johnny Destino. He is the man Western New York needs. He will not put up with the bull that has driven half the people out of the area. Plus he young and new to the political world. In which I support. People ask me if I return if I ever consider a run for office. I can honestly say I don’t know but I do know I am sick and tired of coming back and seeing an area that should be thriving down in the dumps. I am doing something about it now and throwing support behind every young person that wants to make a difference in that community and not get wrapped up in the same old politics in which destroyed that area. People like Johnny Destino, Matt Green, Dominic Daoust, and Carnell Burch are the people I support. I will pull a Carl Paladino if necessary and do anything I can to make sure they get into a office in which they can make a difference! You can start it by making sure Johnny Destino get elected!
About: Dom Cianchetti
Being a Niagara Falls, NY native I try to come back to the area about once or twice a year. I have a lot of ties to the community. My parents owned the pizza shop called Jacobs, and my grandfather was Jacob A. Palillo. However, like many I left the area for Charlotte, NC. You as the reader can probably venture the guess on why I left. It is unfortunate but Niagara Falls has fell on some very hard times. A lot of empty promises are made daily, and nothing can seem to get done. Meanwhile the young people keep leaving because of the dysfunction. I am one person though that always swims against the current. I try to keep my ear to the ground on a lot of issues. I am looking to return to Niagara Falls because I am optimistic with the right leadership the area can change!