Attorney Joel P. Feroleto says he’ll be a full-time Buffalo councilman focusing on constituent issues.
Feroleto, 33, was sworn in as Delaware District member of the Common Council on Tuesday by his mother, State Supreme Court Judge Paula L. Feroleto, while his father, John, held the Bible, during a quick City Hall ceremony.
The ceremony came less than an hour after Feroleto was interviewed for the job by Council members.
Fillmore Councilman David A. Franczyk, the longest-serving member of the Council, asked Feroleto his priorities, as well as his philosophy on the role of city government.
As priorities, Feroleto listed outstanding constituent services, working on parking issues on the Elmwood Avenue and Hertel Avenue strips, and addressing traffic concerns.
As for his philosophy, Feroleto said: “I think the Council member role is to be there for their constituents, and resolve all their issues; and to work with other Council members and the Mayor’s Office on the budget.”
Feroleto was the only applicant for the temporary Delaware District position, filling the remaining months in the term of Michael J. LoCurto. Feroleto and LoCurto are cousins.
Feroleto also is running unopposed in the Democratic primary to succeed LoCurto for a four-year term, which begins in January. He was the handpicked candidate of Democratic Party leaders after LoCurto dropped out of the race to take a job in Erie County government. Feroleto is expected to face Republican opposition in the November election, but enrollment in the Delaware District is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Feroleto lives on Tacoma Avenue in North Buffalo. He’s a lifelong city resident who graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College before earning a law degree from the University at Buffalo.
He worked as a legislative aide for two Council members, including LoCurto, and also as Council chief of staff.
Feroleto also worked as a legislative assistant to former State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo.
He is currently working for his father’s personal-injury law firm in Buffalo. Feroleto said Tuesday that he will remain with the firm, where his hours will be limited and flexible. A Council member’s job, Feroleto said, is more than full time.
Since his first internship in City Hall when out of college, Feroleto said, his passion has been to become an elected official representing his North Buffalo neighborhood.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to serve the residents of Delaware District,” he said.