North Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) North Tonawanda's mayor is throwing his hat into the ring for the State Senate seat currently filled by George Maziarz.
Robert Ortt says in his statement, "After serious considerations with my wife Meghan, I have decided to announce my candidacy to serve the people of the 62nd district in the New York State Senate. I plan to bring the values and leadership of a veteran and chief executive with me to Albany, to represent the people of Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties."
Ortt tells WBEN he wants to work on cutting back unfunded mandates from Albany. "I shouldn't have to go to Albany for permission slips," says Ortt. "Too often Albany gets between myself and my residents and my businesses, so we need to shrink the size of government."
He also vows if elected he will put his name on a bill to repeal the NYSAFE Act. Ortt says while the Sandy Hook shooting was horrible, how the gun restriction law took shape was not done well. "It was an emotional or political reaction to an issue that should not have been political. All it has done is restrict the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens," explains Ortt.
Gia Arnold is also looking to get her name on the GOP ballot in November.