We've asked each of the candidates in the city council and county legislature races to answer a couple of questions regarding why they're running and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Election Day is Tuesday.
Here is the response from Bob Bialkowski, candidate for city council, 4th Ward.
The primary reason why I should receive your vote is:
I have worked very hard during my first term on city council to represent the citizens of the 4th Ward. My track record is a 100-percent attendance rate at council meetings. I have demonstrated how I respond to all my constituent concerns and have made myself totally available to all the residents of the ward.
My voting record is very conservative with taxpayer’s interest always in mind.
In response to your request of what key issue would be priority and how it would “be tackled."
This is a bit more difficult as city council has numerous priority-one issues to deal with.
The key major issues that are of concern to me are:
• Economic and business development and retention to include employment
• Downtown improvement
• Neighborhood improvement
• Crime prevention
We on city council have addressed these issues by:
• Hiring an economic development director
• Forming a strategic plan for the city
• Initiating an infrastructure plan
• Expanding and staffing our code department
I intend to follow these plans closely and ensure that we adhere to our goals.
With the present economy, we are tasked with some great economic challenges in the near future.
I am strongly against the typical government attitude of trying to fix problems by throwing the taxpayers' hard earned money at them.
Most importantly, I strongly oppose tax increases that are unjustified.
In conclusion, I am a strong advocate for my constituents and for the citizens of the City of Batavia. I am honored to serve this wonderful city and look forward to Batavia’s best days to come.
Please vote for me on Election Day so that I may continue to represent you for the next four years.
Thank you for allowing me to comment on this forum.