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What is a DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative)?

  Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Governor Hochul has made downtown revitalization a central component of the State’s economic development policy. The DRI and NY Forward will accelerate and expand New York’s downtown revitalization. NY’s downtowns are the heart and soul of our regions. Utilizing the Department of State’s plan-then-act strategy, the synergy between the DRI and NY Forward connects the renaissance of magnet cities with the revitalization of smaller downtowns – creating greater opportunities for New York residents, businesses and visitors.  New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. The DRI transforms downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity. These compact, walkable downtowns are a key ingredient to helping New York State rebuild its economy fr

The New Representative of the 2nd Ward!

Today, I was honored to be sworn in as the new representative of the City of Tonawanda – 2nd Ward. Thank you to New York State Senator Tim Kennedy for performing the Oath of Office for me. I feel honored that Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, former Assemblymember Robin Schimminger, newly elected Buffalo Common Councilmember Leah Halton-Pope, North Tonawanda Mayor Austin Tylec, and many other elected officials (past and present) came to join us.     

THANK YOU 2nd WARD!

Thank you to everyone that voted! The real winner is the 2nd Ward. Thank you to my family, my wife and daughter, and everyone that attended a fundraiser, put a sign on their lawn, call banked, or shared a kind word. I ran a campaign of ‘we are all neighbors’ and that’s because we all are! Sincerely, Chris Fisher

Chris' Visions and Ideas for the 2nd Ward and The City of Tonawanda

  VISIONS FOR OUR COMMUNITY Keep taxes from continually increasing every year. Adjust the parking regulations so the overnight parking ban does not take effect on October 1st or last until March 31st when the weather is projected to be warm enough to allow for on-street parking.  Ensuring forgotten sidewalks that need repair are fixed or replaced adequately.  As a member of the city's primary legislative body, the Council; Chris will represent the interests of all the residents citywide by using feedback metrics. Creating a real-time information system allowing for the rapid deployment of essential information to the residents of our great city.  Chris wants to work with the Mayor and all members of the council for the betterment of the City of Tonawanda, putting residents first.  Being available to all residents, in all wards, to promote and foster ideas that benefit us as a community. Listen to ideas that can help benefit each person living in this city, from children to retir

Union Strong!

As the son of a UAW Local 424 worker, I’m proud to be a union employee and a union supporter. I’ve served as a union representative and an executive board member, along with being a political action committee (PAC) representative for two state-wide unions. I am currently active in representing union members through lobbying for legislation that enhances the pay and working conditions of organized labor. As the parent of a very intelligent daughter, she is my little helper, whether on the campaign trail or in the union hall. Strong unions have provided the American worker with bargaining agreements that provide for fair wages, benefits, and safe working conditions. Unions are not only the backbone of America, but they are also the backbone of the City of Tonawanda Working Class! As an Army Veteran and working class employee, I am honored to represent organized labor!

Programs that Give Back to Our Community

  As an active member of our community, Chris runs the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program, the City Open House, and the City of Tonawanda Veteran of the Month award. As an Army veteran, a parent to a 1st grader, and an active citizen, Chris volunteers to run these programs for the betterment of our city!  “There’s nothing more rewarding than service to our community.” ~ Chris Fisher

Giving Back by Volunteering

As election day approaches, let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I serve our community. Community service has always been extremely important to me and I’m raising my daughter to understand the importance of giving back to the community in which she lives in. We do this by volunteering. One of my first major volunteer roles started in 2003 with the Town of Tonawanda Youth Court. When I moved to NYC to become an NYPD officer, I volunteered advocating for veterans as well as helping my wife with animal rescue and welfare. When I retired and moved back to the Buffalo, NY area, I continued my Youth Court volunteer work and decided to add a few more roles to my community service. I advocated for Veterans returning to college by serving on the UB Veterans Steering Committee. I volunteered for 3 years for UB’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event and I was asked to join the event steering committee for the 2018 year. My more recent volunteer roles include coaching youth soccer. When my

Buffalo News October 9th, 2023

  Thank you to the Buffalo News for the acknowledgment in a related article published October 9th, 2023. This November, 2nd Ward residents will have another choice on the ballot. "Residents First" was created by voters that wanted an additional choice. I'm honored to have gained the support and trust of my friends and neighbors in the 2nd Ward to create this line.  "I enjoy raising my family in the City of Tonawanda. I pay the same taxes as everyone else. I get hit with the same tax increases as everyone else. I'm running to hold the line on tax increases. I want to keep Tonawanda an affordable place to raise a family." 

An Independent Line Called 'Residents First'

  In addition to holding a major party line, Chris will also be on the independent line called 'Residents First.' This line will only be available for voters in the 2nd Ward of the City of Tonawanda. Thank you to all the 2nd Ward residents that helped Chris create this line. 

Chris' Time in Public Service

  While serving in the Army during 9/11, I was intrigued with New York City and the NYPD. After serving in the Army, I went to New York and took the test to become one of New York’s Finest. I got to see things most people only dream about. When the opportunity arose to return to Western New York and continue to be a police officer, I was honored to be able to do something I love and return home. Because of the differences in the pension systems, I was able to file for early retirement with the NYPD before accepting a job as a police officer with the State University Police. I am thankful for my time as a SUNY police officer because I was able to complete a bachelor’s degree and start a master’s degree program with SUNY assistance. After completing my studies, I went on to become a criminal investigator and then senior criminal investigator with the Health Department. My work leads me to partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. I still work as a police officer pa

Summer Reading Program Ends with Prizes! Thank you Kenton Bee for Covering!

  The 2023 Summer Reading Program for Children finished with the presentation of some great prizes! This program is designed to maximize the reading potential of all children and keep them engaged with reading throughout the summer.  Thank you to all our sponsors! 

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Endorsed by the Police Benevolent Association of New York State Public (PBA)

  I’m proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the Police Benevolent Association of New York State Public (PBA). 1,200 members strong, this endorsement is a great honor. Thank you

ENDORSED by the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF)

  I’m proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF). 50,000 members strong, this endorsement is a great honor. Thank you ~ Chris Fisher

Endorsed by VoteVets

I want to thank VoteVets for their prestigious nationwide endorsement. Their recognition for a city council election means I have been identified as an ‘Emerging Leader.’ It is an honor to hold this recognition. I started this campaign with a simple philosophy: I served my country, I am serving my city, and now I am ready to serve the people. @votevets #VoteVetsEL #votevets https://secure.actblue.com/donate/votevets2023  

Chris Runs the Veteran of the Month Program - Nominate a Veteran Today

Veteran of the Month Program As a disabled veteran, Chris strives to help other veterans. When Chris became Chair of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, he immediately created a program to honor veterans right here in our city. Chris worked with the Mayor to create a program that would recognize an exceptional local veteran for their service and dedication to our country each month. In addition to receiving a personalized certificate from the Mayor, a duplicate of that certificate is displayed at City Hall for the entire month for all to see. To nominate a veteran, please see the attached flyer and application and contact Chris. Chris is honored to run this program and advocate for all Veterans. 

We WON on Primary Day. On to November!

  Thank you to all who voted. As a veteran, I am glad you voted regardless of who you voted for. To those of you who voted for me, I can’t thank you enough. This victory isn’t just for me, it’s for all of us. On to November!