Leggiero announces bid for sixth council term

Fifth Ward Alderman Richard Leggiero has announced that he will run for a sixth consecutive two-year term on the Common Council.

Leggiero, a Republican, will face former 5th Ward Alderman Jim Martuscello, a Democrat, who announced his intention to run back in March.

On Friday. Leggiero said he wants to continue working on a promise he made to his constituents when he first ran for office against Martuscello–to work to keep taxes stable. He wants to address other issues as well.

“I’m concerned about blight and the condition of the city’s housing stock,” he said. “People are leaving properties and letting them go into foreclosure.”

He said city officials ought to “keep up with our foreclosures.”

Leggiero said he opposes any effort to reduce or eliminate the city Transportation Department.

“I’m in favor of the Transportation Department,” he said. I’ve always been an advocate for transportation. We’re an elderly community, and transportation is needed to get elderly people where they need to go.”

John Becker

John Becker is both a Reporter and Consulting Editor for The Compass. He and his wife Pat operate Abbey Farms in Amsterdam NY.