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Newman launches run for supervisor

Robert L. Newman, a businessman and civic leader, is announcing today that he will seek the Republican Party nomination for Tonawanda town supervisor. He also is seeking endorsements from the Conservative and Independence parties' committees.

"With the retirement of Supervisor [Ronald H.] Moline, our town needs a leader with proven management experience, vast knowledge of town government and an ability to put politics aside to lead our town forward," Newman said.

Newman, whose family owns Noco Energy Corp. and Prior Aviation, left his position as president of Noco Express Shops in 2001.

He served for three years as president of the Niagara USA Chamber after supervising its formation through the controversial merger of three Niagara County business organizations. He also led the consolidation of agencies in Niagara County promoting tourism and industrial development. Currently, he is managing partner of Niagara Companies LLC, which manufactures a cleaning agent.

"Based on my 20 years of managerial experience, I will work to make town government more efficient, maintain the high level of services Tonawanda taxpayers have come to expect and work with other Town Board members to develop long-term plans to address the challenges facing our community, such as rising taxes and increasing crime, that are affecting certain areas of the town," he said.

Newman, who lives on Colvinhurst Drive, is active in town youth recreation programs, including the Boys and Girls Clubs and Tonawanda Youth Hockey. He is chairman of the Ken-Ton Republican Committee.

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