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By Richard Sirianni
Town of Niagara Councilman Richard Sirianni recently announced he is seeking the position of Town of Niagara highway superintendent, a position being vacated by incumbent Bob Herman.
Sirianni, a longtime council member and Niagara Wheatfield School Board member, is unanimously endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Democrat and Working Family parties.
“Bob Herman and his entire staff have done an excellent job,” Sirianni said. “I know there are very big shoes to fill. Bob was a dedicated and well-respected public servant, and I will do my best to carry on his high standards.”
Earlier this year, Herman announced his retirement from the highway superintendent’s office after 12 years of service. This has created a vacancy in the elected position.
“The only way this is possible is if Bob felt his tenure has reached its conclusion,” Sirianni said. “His retirement has brought on a unique opportunity for me to continue to work hard for our community. I look forward to the challenge in all areas of this position, especially with continued success in paving, plowing and salting our roads.”
As a member of the Town Board the last several years, Sirianni has continued to support and advocate for better infrastructure. There is always work to be done though, Sirianni quipped.
“A highway superintendent’s job is never complete, as can be seen in making sure sewer and flooding issues are addressed, as well as have a program to continue to fix and repave our roads in our town,” Sirianni said. “It can be a thankless job most times, but I believe all of our town workers continue to do an excellent job whenever and wherever they are asked.”
Throughout his tenure in public service, Sirianni is no stranger to being an advocate for the town residents, working on multimillion-dollar budgets, or ensuring resources are leveraged to result in a favorable use.
Some of Sirianni’s past and present experiences include overseeing an $80 million budget on the Niagara Wheatfield School Board, serving on the school district’s audit and policy committees, a seven-year member of the Town of Niagara Town Board, and even a four-year president and financial officer of the Niagara Wheatfield Federal Credit Union board of directors, among various leadership positions in the Steelworkers International Union.
“I believe my background proves to an asset for this community. My experiences have helped developed me to better serve our great town,” Sirianni said. “Not many people can say they are a longtime union member and a strong advocate for our Second Amendment. It brings balance to the position that involves many unique responsibilities.”
Sirianni is running unopposed in the Nov. 7 general election, in large part due to the unanimous support he continues to receive from every political party.
Town of Niagara Councilman Richard Sirianni