Amy Hope Witryol, D-Lewiston, will announce her candidacy for the 62nd district State Senate seat during stops along the historic Erie Canal on Friday, March 30. The tour will begin in Brockport and include stops in Holley, Lockport and North Tonawanda before concluding in Niagara Falls.
"After 18 years in office, a career politician has left the three counties in his district in economic last place" Witryol said. "Orleans, Monroe and Niagara counties have the highest property tax rates-to-valuation in the entire United States."
Witryol stated that the tools for an economic revival in the 62nd district currently exist, but have not been leveraged for the public benefit. She said, "We are blessed with assets that can help us compete with any region. With or without low-cost power, after 18 years, there are no more excuses for last place. We can do better."
"I'm running for State Senate because I love this region. Our district will make more progress with a new state senator who's had business experience. It's time to retire a career politician who has achieved an economic boom for his campaign account, but not for his district." Witryol said. "We need to take the money out of politics and get down to business."
Witryol will square off against 18-year incumbent George Maziarz, R-Newfane. Witryol is currently running unopposed on the Democratic line. She plans on seeking the Working Families line, as well.
The 62nd district encompasses all of Niagara and Orleans counties as well as the towns of Ogden and Sweden in Monroe County.