Sean Rautenstrauch - 3rd Ward Councilman, City of Tonawanda

Sean Rautenstrauch - 3rd Ward Councilman, City of Tonawanda City of Tonawanda 3rd Ward Councilman 2016-2017, 2020-2021

In my first term as City Council Member, I have found that much of my professional experience has prepared me to quickly get past the learning curve after taking office. I compare the campaign process to a job interview, and I hope to continue having you all as my boss for another 2 years. I am including a link to my resume for your consideration. While I have found my niche in information technology, I have also worked in accounting, customer service, and sales. I started as a stock boy & a cashier, and worked my way up in the company I currently work for. These skills, aligned with my IT knowledge, sets me apart & adds additional value by understanding the needs of the people I am helping. My technical background is unique in my role as a councilmember, and I have been able to apply it to my position as your advocate. I think it is important to have a representative that has a good understanding of & can successfully use technology and all its potential possibilities. This position has given me the opportunity to gain contacts within the communication worker’s unions; in conjunction with I.T. contacts that I have worked with over the years continues to aid in my pursuit for alternate means of internet access for our city. I have been working with Spectrum advocating for our residents & holding them accountable for their service to our residents. I have been working with our own internal communications teams to improve the city website, utilize technology to reach out to residents and businesses, and modernize our record-keeping. Working in the private sector for the bulk of my career has helped me understand what success means. In managing employees, I have realized the importance of balancing the needs of both the company & its employees – so BOTH can be successful. Sales & customer service have taught me how to make a business grow while budgeting costs and working staff more efficiently. Working for the same company for many years has also taught me that just because something has been done the same way for a long time, it does not mean it is always the right way, best way, or most efficient way to do things. Several years ago, as I started my family, I realized it was important to get off the sidelines & have an active voice in what affects my life, my family, my community. I chose to make the City of Tonawanda my hometown over 25 years ago. You elected me once, and I am asking for your support again so I can continue to advocate for YOU. Change takes time, and I want to realize all the things that have been set in motion these past 2 years. Our city is a hidden gem – I want to continue to help reach our full potential. If I haven’t caught you at home while I have been out campaigning, please feel free to contact me through my page, by email: [email protected] or call/text me at 716.430.6662. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss in more detail. Most important to me since being elected to this position has been to keep myself approachable and available to the people I represent. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B81zhh6-td5YR01pSFRpWmRVUkk

01/02/2020

Happy New Year to all! I am excited to be back on the council. My first official meeting will be on Tuesday January 7th, 2019 (all regular Council Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month). As always, you can find the official agenda as well as our contact info on the city website(link below) and on the City of Tonawanda APP. The agenda and meeting notice are generally posted by the friday Prior to the upcoming meeting.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I look forward to serving the residents of our City's 3rd Ward and all of our city residents.

https://www.tonawandacity.com/residents/common_council.php

Sean Rautenstrauch - 3rd Ward Councilman, City of Tonawanda's cover photo
12/31/2019

Sean Rautenstrauch - 3rd Ward Councilman, City of Tonawanda's cover photo

12/28/2019

Today I take my oath of office as I am sworn in as the 3rd ward Councilman for the City if Tonawanda.

It is an honor to return to the council! I look forward to serving our city for the next 2 years.

Thank you to all who voted me in and to all that took the time to talk with me when I stopped by, this is an opportunity that I do not take for granted.

Congrats to our returning council members Tom Newman, Dawn Kammerdiner and Dave Mileham. As well as Council President Jenna Koch, our new City Treasurer Bill Reece , and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick who will all be sworn in today at 1:00pm at our City Hall.

Twin Cities Sun
12/23/2019

Twin Cities Sun

The Twin Cities soon will be swearing in their newly elected officials.
The City of Tonawanda's ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in council chambers at City Hall, 200 Niagara St.
And NT's will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 1, also in council chambers at City Hall, 216 Payne Ave.
All are welcome.

Great turnout for tonight’s presentation. Looking forward to seeing this area evolving.
12/20/2019
New designs revealed for Tonawanda waterfront

Great turnout for tonight’s presentation. Looking forward to seeing this area evolving.

Proposed plans for the future of City of Tonawanda's waterfront were revealed to neighbors Thursday evening.

They are not yet available in our area but they created a "Green Light District" in ours and the surrounding area.  They...
12/17/2019
Sean Rautenstrauch - COT 3rd Ward Councilman-Elect

They are not yet available in our area but they created a "Green Light District" in ours and the surrounding area. They are waiting to see how much interest there is in our area... If you are interested in an alternative to Spectrum, please take the time to reach out.

Informational "GreenLight District":
https://www.greenlightnetworks.com/not-available/

Proactive ways to get Greenlight in our community:
https://www.greenlightnetworks.com/spread-the-word/

I will work with our local city officials to welcome an alternative internet option into our area.

Hopeful that an alternative to spectrum will eventually be available!

Hopeful that an alternative to spectrum will eventually be available!
12/16/2019
New high speed internet option coming to Buffalo

Hopeful that an alternative to spectrum will eventually be available!

Former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano will announce that high-speed internet company Greenlight Networks is coming to the Buffalo Niagara Region. The company says they offer ultra high-speed, broadband service to residents and small businesses.

I have spoken with the local resident about this.  I would like to know what more residents think about this.... I do no...
12/12/2019

I have spoken with the local resident about this. I would like to know what more residents think about this....

I do not believe the petition has been submitted to the council as of yet. It is my hope to discuss further with the council when I begin officially in January 2020 and after something has been presented to the council. I think the idea has some merit but I understand there are many concerns by neighbors.

The City of Tonawanda doesn't allow residents to keep chickens on their properties. But some people are trying to change that; they say the practice offers a host of benefits for families, the city and the environment.
Others argue that chickens are smelly, noisy and could welcome pests and predators to their neighborhoods.
Read the full story in tomorrow's Sun.

Excited to see things moving forward with Young St.
12/11/2019

Excited to see things moving forward with Young St.

The City of Tonawanda will host a meeting next Thursday, Dec. 19, to share with residents plans for $3 million worth of upgrades to the closed block of downtown Young Street.
Three design concepts will be presented, and public feedback is welcome. The project will be paid for using grants, the bulk of which came from the state's Smart Growth Community Fund.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall, 200 Niagara St.

Congrats to our City Treasurer Joe Hogenkamp on his retirement. Thank you for your 32 years of fine service to our city....
12/04/2019

Congrats to our City Treasurer Joe Hogenkamp on his retirement. Thank you for your 32 years of fine service to our city. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have worked with him and learn from him while I served in my first term as city councilman.

11/06/2019

I am humbled and filled with gratitude over the kind words and good wishes I have been receiving through the night and today.

Thank you to all and especially thank you to the voters in the City of Tonawanda’s 3rd ward who came out to support me! I am honored to return to serving our community and I do not take this opportunity for granted.

I realize our city is faced with challenges ahead but I also see an opportunity to move forward continuing to make our city a great place to live, work and visit! I am committed to putting my head down to work together with the rest of the council, the Mayor’s office and our New City Treasurer to solve problems rather than assign blame. I will continue to be accessible to the people I have been elected to represent and advocate for all of our residents.

I would also like to thank my opponent Mr. Ron Pilozzi for your years of service to our city as well your kindness and respect to me over the few years I have been involved in politics. It was an honor to have had run against a man who has earned the respect and admiration of our residents.

I have so much more to say, but for now, thank you all!!!
11/06/2019

I have so much more to say, but for now, thank you all!!!

Sean Rautenstrauch - COT 3rd Ward Councilman-Elect's cover photo
11/05/2019

Sean Rautenstrauch - COT 3rd Ward Councilman-Elect's cover photo

Polls are open until 9pm tonight. I am asking for your vote for City of Tonawanda 3rd ward Council. Most importantly, ge...
11/05/2019

Polls are open until 9pm tonight. I am asking for your vote for City of Tonawanda 3rd ward Council.

Most importantly, get out to vote today. Locally there are unopposed races but there are also county and judge races that need our city’s representation. Make your voices heard, let our elected officials know who they are representing!

I wanted to take the time today between the early voting and Election Day tomorrow to express my gratitude to everyone w...
11/04/2019

I wanted to take the time today between the early voting and Election Day tomorrow to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped me in this election!

Thank you to all that have already voted and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to talk to me at their doors and as we’ve met around our city. Thanks to friends and family for your support, sharing and liking my posts and your kind words of encouragement. And a big thank you to my wife, Jillian and my 2 boys for your patience and understanding as I have been taking the time to campaign and your love and support getting me through some very hectic days!!

Tomorrow polls are open from 6am to 9pm at your normal voting sites. I share in your goals and I share in your struggles and I will advocate for you as your councilman! We are a small city where every vote counts, I hope I have earned yours!

60th voter today, and # 548 in the City of Tonawanda overall...I’m pretty sure I’m also this year’s last “early voter” i...
11/03/2019

60th voter today, and # 548 in the City of Tonawanda overall...I’m pretty sure I’m also this year’s last “early voter” in the CoT! Thank you to the Voting inspectors putting in a long 9 days to make Early voting happen!

There is still time to vote early. Polls are open at City of Tonawanda city hall until 6pm. As well as 36 other sites th...
11/03/2019

There is still time to vote early. Polls are open at City of Tonawanda city hall until 6pm. As well as 36 other sites throughout Erie County.

elections.erie.gov/early%20voting

11/01/2019
Early voting continues at our City Hall through Sunday November 3rd!Make your voice heard, let your representatives know...
10/30/2019

Early voting continues at our City Hall through Sunday November 3rd!

Make your voice heard, let your representatives know who they are serving!

Hours are:
Monday-Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday-Sunday Noon-6pm

Or you can also hold out until the traditional election day on November 5th between 6am and 9pm.

All 37 Early voting sites can be found here:
https://elections.erie.gov/early%20voting

Early voting continues at our City Hall through Sunday November 3rd!Make your voice heard, let your representatives know...
10/29/2019

Early voting continues at our City Hall through Sunday November 3rd!

Make your voice heard, let your representatives know who they are serving!

Hours are:
Monday-Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday-Sunday Noon-6pm

Or you can also hold out until the traditional election day on November 5th between 6am and 9pm.

https://www.elections.erie.gov/early%20voting

I was impressed by the numbers of voters that came out for this week’s TONA2020 / school vote.  The amount of voters mor...
10/25/2019

I was impressed by the numbers of voters that came out for this week’s TONA2020 / school vote. The amount of voters more than doubled over past years… It is great to see more people engaged and letting their voice be heard.

I am hopeful about the upcoming election for our city’s elected officials. In the past couple elections I have been involved in, I have been encouraged by the amount of younger homeowners ,families and voters in general that are more involved and engaged with what is affecting their day to day in our city. This lead me to look into the numbers and see if voting history is reflecting what I have observed. The graphic I am posting shows that not only have numbers increased but the average age of voters continues to decrease with that. It is great to see more of us taking the time to be heard!

Early voting starts tomorrow for the first time in Erie County. As a working parent of 2 young boys, I am well aware of how busy our lives can be. Hopefully this gives us more opportunity to find the time to vote and even finding a more convenient location. We are a small city, every vote really counts!

We can vote at our City Hall from
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Sunday, November 3, 2019
Monday-Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday-Sunday Noon-6pm
You can vote at any of the 37 polling places through Erie County. Below is a link of all of the polling places open for early Voting through Erie County:

http://elections.erie.gov/early%20voting

And of course, you can vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 5th, 2019 between 6am-9pm!!

Sean Rautenstrauch - COT 3rd Ward Councilman-Elect's cover photo
10/23/2019

Sean Rautenstrauch - COT 3rd Ward Councilman-Elect's cover photo

10/21/2019

🚶🏽‍♂️🚶🏽‍♂️Great night for walking the 3rd ward! Thank you to all who took the time to talk with me.

Only a couple more weeks until the election! 🗓 🕰

☀️Great morning getting signs up and talking with neighbors. Thank you to all for your continued support  and lending me...
10/05/2019

☀️Great morning getting signs up and talking with neighbors. Thank you to all for your continued support and lending me some lawn space!!

09/25/2019
08/16/2019

☀️Great weather for walking the neighborhood talking to people. It is always great getting the opportunity to speak to people about our city but tonight I got to speak to a few people who have lived here for a long time and shared with me so much of our city’s history. Learning about what they’ve seen and lived thorough reminds me how important it is to know our past so we can move forward!

Thank you all for taking the time to talk with me.

📱 🛰 It would be great if our city could find a way to tie this in with the LED light switchover.  "Think of it like this...
08/09/2019
I tried 5G. It will change your life — if you can find it

📱 🛰 It would be great if our city could find a way to tie this in with the LED light switchover.

"Think of it like this: If 3G is a two-lane highway and 4G is six lanes, 5G will turn it into 12 lanes. It'll handle significantly more traffic and bandwidth with zero latency, a word that refers to immediate response times for data transfers ..."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/tech/5g-review/index.html

Self-driving cars. Robotic surgeries. Toothbrushes that detect when you're sick. This is the future 5G technology promises in less than a decade's time. But AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have a long way to go before they deliver on that promise.

Thank you to 4th Ward Council Member Dave Mileham for some updates on what the council is working on.  Take a minute to ...
08/05/2019
Weekly Updates

Thank you to 4th Ward Council Member Dave Mileham for some updates on what the council is working on. Take a minute to read through his updates below from his website.

The Mohawk Gun Club's interest in buying a plot of land is something that may be be a benefit to our community but there are concerns as well. There will be a representative at tomorrow's council meeting to talk more about it... this would be a great opportunity for anyone living in close proximity to the proposed site to gather information and determine how they will be affected. Given the state of our city's budget, selling this piece of land to a business could benefit our city by adding more tax revenue for our city (and also decreasing the City's expenses in maintenance and upkeep of an underutilized property).

Below in the comments, I have also added the link to the City of Tonawanda Council page where you can also read the agenda for tomorrow's council meeting. There is also the meeting notice that outlines additional details of things to be discussed at the informal meeting starting at 6pm (As well as following the formal session.

Thanks for checking back on this page. Over the last few days, I have distributed close to 400 fliers around the neighborhoods to give a quick update on the happenings in the 4th ward. My hope is to...

07/22/2019

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote for me in the Primary last month. As many of you may know, a couple of the minor lines resulted in a tie. I would like to first point out that I am still proudly on the ballot in November on my own Democratic Party Line as well as the Working Families Party and I will be on the Green Party Line.

What is most frustrating to me is the decision made regarding the Conservative Party line. I received the endorsement of the Local Conservative committee. Our endorsed candidates as well as myself, worked hard to get the qualifying petitions not only for ourselves but for the county candidates and the judge delegates who also received the conservative endorsement. In total we obtained signatures city wide from over 20% of the registered conservative voters while petitioners on behalf of my opponent managed to get the bare minimum of signatures in our ward (5%) to appear on the ballot… after receiving the county chairman’s special authorization which allowed both of our names to appear on the ballot. Ultimately the decision should be left to the voters but in the case of a tied vote the final decision should be based on:

-The first Candidate receiving the endorsement
-The Candidate endorsed by the local committee
-The Candidate who respectfully worked harder for the party as a whole!
-The candidate who historically respected the local committee’s decision declining to protest it with a write in campaign.

It appears this is not the case as it was given to the candidate who has had the longest political relationship with the County Chairman of the Conservative Committee (Who also did not have the courtesy to return my calls and speak to me personally).

In the case of the Independence party, more people came out to write in my name. Unfortunately on one of the ballots my name was written in the wrong box and was invalidated leaving the official count a tie. Given that my letters and messages to the Independence Party heads in New York City have been left unanswered, I can assume that they will not be deciding in my favor.

I am not so naïve to think that this situation is unusual… I am but a small fish in a big political ocean, which is why I would think that the local representation should take precedence. I would like to thank the City of Tonawanda’s LOCAL Conservative Chairman, George Koch for standing by me and advocating for me in this process.

This system that continues to thrive on the “good ol’ boys network” rewarding political patronage over hard work is making it harder for new people to step up and serve their communities. It seems to me that maybe the "Fusion voting" process needs to be revisited. If a party cannot successfully run their own candidates, they should not be rewarded by manipulating the process and riding on the shirttails of other parties to remain relevant. I will continue to push forward, talk to the people I hope to represent and work harder to win the election in November.

I will also continue to put in the work NOW and WHEN I am elected to represent the City of Tonawanda’s 3rd Ward!!

Address

Elmwood Park West
Tonawanda, NY
14150

Telephone

(716) 430-6662

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