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Five Questions with Ronald Pilozzi

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.


Tonawanda City Mayor Ron Pilozzi speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Gregory Hayes Holler Memorial Skate Park in the City of Tonawanda, Sunday, October 10, 2010. (Charles Lewis/Buffalo News File Photo)


Ronald Pilozzi

The basics
Age: 65
Party: Republican
Job Title: Mayor, City of Tonawanda
Family: Married, 42 1/2 years, four children, four grandchildren.  
Education: B.S., Canisius College 1969; A.A.S., ECC, 1976; B.S., Buffalo State College, 1987; M.S., Buffalo State, 1997. 

Previous work experience: 30+ years in management at General Motors Powertrain Tonawanda Engine. 

City Salary: $32,000

The questions: 

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Too many.

What is the best part of fall in Tonawanda?

The fall foliage in our parks, especially in Niawanda Park along the river.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I spent the first two years of high school in the Diocesean Preparatory Seminary.

Who’s your political hero?
Jimmy Griffin, former mayor of Buffalo.

What's the worst part of your job?
Trying to make things happen in a political/governmental environment. There are too many layers to deal with. Issues I dealt with in the private sector immediately, take months - if not longer - in the public sector. In addition, we live in a state where unfunded mandates continue to fall like rain, but the ability to fund them is not addressed. It is difficult being at the bottom of the political heap.

-- Jill Terreri


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