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Witryol firing first shots of Senate campaign

   State Senate candidate Amy Hope Witryol, a Lewiston Democrat, isn't wasting any time in her second attempt to unseat Newfane Republican George D. Maziarz.

   Since announcing her candidacy at five different campaign stops on Friday -- from Brockport to Niagara Falls -- Witryol has been issuing news releases at a furious pace. She has taken aim at Maziarz on a number of issues, including property taxes in Orleans, Monroe and Niagara counties and gun legislation sponsored by Maziarz. 


   Monday, she brought her campaign to Niagara Falls City Hall, issuing new releases to reporters on the building's steps and speaking at the City Council's public meeting.

   At that meeting, which centered around a nearly $6 million city cash shortfall from unpaid revenues from the Seneca Niagara Casino, Witryol took to the podium calling for action from the senior senator.

    "If I were representing Niagara Falls or any part of Niagara County, legislation to provide Niagara Falls its fair share would have been passed long ago," she said in a release.

   City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione didn't take kindly to Witryol's approach. Twice, he sternly warned her that "we don't like to campaign at the podium."

    Witryol, who has opposed an expansion of hazardous waste operations at the CWM Chemical Services landfill in northwest Niagara County, was defeated by Maziarz 68 percent to 32 percent in 2010.

   She will run on the Democratic line and plans to seek the Working Families line, insisting that a longer campaign -- she entered the 2010 race late, she said -- and a more Democratic district give her a better shot at victory. 

   She's certainly not waiting for Maziarz to fire the first salvo of the campaign.

   -News Niagara Reporter Charlie Specht    

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