Niagara Falls resident to challenge incumbent for 3rd District seat
First-time candidate Robert Bilson, a resident of Niagara Falls, has announced his candidacy for the 3rd District of the Niagara County Legislature. Bilson will challenge Mark J. Grozio, D-Niagara Falls, a one-term incumbent.
"Like most residents of Niagara Falls, I am passionate about this city," Bilson said. "It is my hope that I have the opportunity to bring a new vision, a renewed sense of pride, and stronger leadership to a district that lacks an effective presence in the Legislature."
Currently employed as the operations supervisor for American Coradius International in Buffalo, Bilson is confident his extensive business experience will be a strong asset if elected to the Legislature.
"In my career, I review and analyze data, resolve complex issues, identify issues and opportunities, and cultivate relationships with individuals across multiple industries every single day," he said. "I believe in working collaboratively to achieve goals. Unfortunately, things have become so divisive in the County Legislature that Niagara Falls continuously gets short-changed. I will work with each of my colleagues, regardless of party affiliation, in a cooperative manner for the betterment of our city."
Bilson points to the multitude of infrastructure issues plaguing Niagara Falls, including the continued lack of water for many homeowners, which he said must be improved upon to enhance the quality of life for residents.
"We have a natural, world-class destination right here in our backyard that we spend millions of dollars to promote each year, but our current representatives can't figure out a way to get running water in to the homes of all city residents," Bilson said. "It's not that the city doesn't have the capability; the problem is that virtually every issue becomes a partisan issue, impeding the city's ability to move forward. If I am elected, I will hold people accountable regardless of political implications."
Bilson also said Niagara Falls must capitalize on economic development opportunities within the city, and vows to work with the county's Center for Economic Development to help Niagara Falls create greater employment opportunities in the city.
"The Niagara County Center for Economic Development has done some excellent work across the county. They've worked diligently to bring business to our area, including projects such as Yahoo in Lockport," Bilson said. "I want to work with them to create those opportunities right here in Niagara Falls, in turn enhancing the local job market for the community."
Bilson resides in LaSalle with his wife, Nicole, and their five children.