NIAGARA FALLS – Republicans Robert D. Pascoal and Samuel F. Archie announced Wednesday that they intend to run for seats on the Niagara Falls City Council in this fall's election.
Pascoal, who lost in the GOP mayoral primary in 2015, is president of the Landlords Association of Greater Niagara and serves on the city Zoning Board of Appeals.
"I want to be there for the residents whose issues get lost due to inefficient practices at city hall. I want to be there for the business owners whose tax burden leaves them feeling the pinch from unbridled spending," he said.
Archie, a former vice chairman of the city GOP committee, managed the unsuccessful mayoral bid of Glenn A. Choolokian two years ago. Archie lost Council races in 1993 and 1995.
"We don’t have the right leadership on the Council to effectively supervise and manage the current administration in the best interests of the residents of Niagara Falls," Archie said. "They have forgotten that it's about your money. We have all seen current Council members turn their backs on residents and allow the careless and unfocused spending of casino funds by the administration."
Three of the five Council seats will be on the November ballot. The incumbents are Council Chairman Charles A. Walker, Andrew P. Touma and Kristen M. Grandinetti, all Democrats.