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Clark announces candidacy for Town of Niagara Board

Thu, Feb 7th 2019 03:10 pm
Robert Clark
Robert Clark

Recently, Robert Clark officially announced he made a decision to run for a seat on the Town of Niagara Town Board.

Clark was previously a councilman for the Town of Niagara for nine years, from 2007-2015. Clark made a decision not to run for reelection at that time because he started a new job that required he work afternoons.

“I felt that I would be unable to fulfill my obligation to the town in a manner that the citizens were deserving of. I believed that someone who would be able to dedicate the time needed to attend board meetings and be available in the evenings to address the concerns and issues we face as a town would be better suited. I had stated at that time that if circumstances changed, I would run again for Town Council,” Clark said.

Clark said he feels that time is now, and he works in a different position on a permanent day shift.

“I feel that I can now continue the work that I started during my previous tenure. Our town has made great strides over the years, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Clark added. “I believe that we need to take a better look at our infrastructure, finances, proper development, and focus on quality of life issues for all of our residents.” 

Clark’s experience gained from his time as councilman was invaluable. He learned how to deal with municipal budgets, town and state laws and codes, Planning and Zoning Board issues, and any and every other type of concern or issue the town faced.  Clark said the town went through some tough times together in those days, but prevailed.

“We will again face tough times, but I believe that, by working together, we will again prevail. I believe that my past experience will be a benefit during these times,” Clark said.

Clark currently works as a building and grounds attendant for the New York Power Authority and is a member of IBEW Local 2104. Additionally, he is an exempt member and past executive officer (secretary and vice president) of the town’s volunteer fire company, Niagara Active Hose. He has belonged to several other volunteer organizations over the years, including the Town of Niagara Lions Club, Western New York Volunteer Fireman’s Association, New York State Volunteer Fireman’s Association.  Clark is a current member and past board member of the Town of Niagara Buff Social Club and a member of the Judges and Police Executive Conference of Niagara.

While employed at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in the security and safety department, Clark was elected president of Local 1263 of (AFL-CIO) AFSCME Council 82, a statewide police union. Clark has served on the board of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Federal Credit Union and currently serves on the Supervisory Committee for the Rediform Federal Credit Union.

He has lived in the Town of Niagara for over 20 years and is the father of two children; Allyson, 17, and Lucas, 12.

Clark said he has always been, and will continue to be, open and honest with everyone. It does not matter what political party one may belong to, or in what area of the town one lives. Clark said he will be fair and fight for what is best for all of the town. 

“I believe for the Town of Niagara – our town – the best is yet to come,” Clark said.

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