NORTH TONAWANDA – North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced Thursday that he is running for re-election to a full four-year term this fall.
Pappas, who was appointed mayor by the Common Council after Robert G. Ortt was elected to the State Senate in 2014, is a Republican who said he will also seek the nominations of the Conservative and Independence parties.
Pappas, a retired Starpoint Central School teacher, had been elected an alderman at-large in 2014 and won a mayoral contest in 2015. He also served on the North Tonawanda Board of Education for 17 years, so he has faced the citywide electorate many times before.
“I believe in the value of longevity to accomplish our goals,” Pappas said. “Any program takes time to implement, and I’m asking the voters to give me the time to finish what we’ve started.”
He cited the completion of the Gratwick Riverside Park Marina, the repaving of 13.5 miles of streets, and new business and residential development projects.
“I’m not running just on what I’ve done, but rather all the things we still can and should — and need — to do to make our city stronger," Pappas said.
He received 58 percent of the vote when he was elected alderman at-large in 2014 and 60 percent in his first mayoral race in 2015, when he won the two years left on Ortt's unexpired term.
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