Brings business development and management skills
On Tuesday afternoon, Robert Schmigel announced his candidacy to seek the open seat in the first ward for the North Tonawanda Common Council. Current Alderman Mark Berube has decided not to seek re-election after winning the seat vacated by the late Russ Rizzo.
As an experienced leader in business development with a proven track record in the private sector, Schmigel said he believes expanding and growing Oliver Street is exactly what can help North Tonawanda be more prosperous.
“The success in North Tonawanda is unbelievable and has re-energized this community,” said Schmigel. “I want to use my experience in business management to help take the development of Oliver Street and River Road to the next level.”
Schmigel pointed to his experience as a senior manager of Cabela’s, where he was tasked to grow the sales of the retail store, as proof that it can be done. The store boasted nearly a five per centum (5 percent) increase in sales. Now, as a store manager at CVS, he is applying similar business principals to help the pharmacy remain competitive.
As Armstrong Pumps plans a $20 million expansion, Matt’s Music remains a landmark, and high-end condos dress up River Road, Schmigel said he believes this is the perfect opportunity to seize on the positive efforts.
“A diverse approach that connects Oliver Street and River Road development to the success of Webster Street, can really make North Tonawanda a model city,” said Schmigel. “Coupling that development with neighborhood revitalization in the first ward will bring an exciting change for our community.”
He added that neighborhood revitalization is a crucial part of the blueprint for success. There’s a need to correct the crumbling infrastructure and housing stock in order to maximize growth.
“The first ward is very traditional and blue-collar, but the scars of outsourcing industries still remain,” said Schmigel. “This community needs our attention and resources so we can capitalize on the growth. Sidewalks in disrepair or streets laden with potholes will be a thing of the past. It’s time we adopt a fresh perspective.”
Schmigel will seek the Republican, Independence, and Conservative lines for the November election.