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Berube announces bid for election

Fri, May 5th 2017 04:55 pm

1st Ward alderman seeks full term

First-term alderman Mark Berube will seek election to a full term on North Tonawanda's Common Council in November's election.

Berube was appointed to the Common Council to fill out the term of late Common Council President Phillip R. "Russ" Rizzo.

Berube is the 1st Ward alderman and a Payne Avenue resident. He has long been involved in North Tonawanda's growth as a member of the city and county planning commissions from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. He is the former owner of DM&M Cable Services Inc., a Western New York-based cable and satellite TV installation company. Since 2003, he has worked as a compliance specialist at Installs Inc. LLC, a Buffalo-based satellite TV and home theater company.

"I hope to put that business world experience to work for my neighbors serving on our Common Council," Berube said.

He added, "We need to constantly look at ways to reduce the cost of government to our property owners."

Berube's experience operating DM&M Cable Services provided him experience that has contributed to his position as 1at Ward alderman.

"In my 34 years as owner of DM&M, I handled all our treasurer duties, including budgeting, payroll, and expense payments, as well as union negotiations with the CWA in Buffalo and the IBEW on Staten Island. In my time as a compliance specialist, I have ensured our subcontractors meet all licensing and training requirements to protect their workers and their customers," Berube said. "That career has prepared me surprisingly well for a role in helping manage our city."

His position as 1st Ward alderman is not his first leadership role in his local community. During his stint on the North Tonawanda Planning Board, he served as chairman for several years, including overseeing a zoning upgrade plan implemented in the early 1990s.

As 1st Ward alderman, Berube indicated he plans to tackle several district priorities, including the continued development of Gratwick Riverside Park, ongoing road repair and repaving projects throughout the 1st Ward and bolstering economic and community development efforts in the Oliver Street corridor.

"I've lived in NT for 40 years. My grown children graduated from NT High School - they were proudly Lumberjacks. I'm proud to call this community home, but I want to make it a stronger, better community for the next generation to inherit," Berube said. "I want to give back to a community that has treated me so well over the years, and that starts with putting my experience to work for my neighbors."

Berube will seek the endorsements of the Republican, Independence, and Conservative parties on November's ballot.

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