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JUNE 9 - JUNE 17, 2015

Archie Fires Back With a Rejoinder
An open letter to Mayor Paul Dyster

By Sam Archie

JUNE 9, 2015

Sam Archie

Mr. Mayor, did you think you could call me out and then think I wouldn’t respond to your editorial in the Niagara Gazette?

First let me address one of your false statements, you stated I tried to fuel the fire on the cricket controversy on the TV news.

My seven-minute interview, reduced to five seconds of me saying, “I didn’t know there was an interest in cricket here,” has wound up becoming political because you characterized it as such.

I am involved in many groups such as the Niagara Falls Music & Arts Festival and the Niagara LaSalle Lodge #132 F&A.M.

On behalf of the Babe Ruth Little League president Jeff Cafarella, I represented their concerns for the park. 

For you to state that I was fueling the fire as campaign manager for Councilman Glenn Choolokian who is opposing you in the Democratic primary for mayor was an outright lie.

If the full interview was shown you would have heard me state that I was speaking on behalf of Babe Ruth League president and officers.

Once the league was made aware of the cricket field- by you - when you told the league president that he might have to give up little league paying space for the adult, affluent and cricket players who don't live in this city, it blew up on Facebook, fueled by many angry parents and board members of the league.

Is this the reason you are now back peddling?

Did you think the league would go silently into the night?

If you were in touch with the families of the city, you would have seen how the Little Leagues have grown, with a group of dedicated young men who spend countless hours with our children.

It has grown so that they have a fall league as well as a traveling team, and what they really need now is new fields.

Who’s playing politics now?

Of course if 9-and-10-year-olds could write campaign checks, maybe you would have helped them out.

You are well aware that for Glenn Choolokian and myself the bottom line is it’s about our families - those living in Niagara Falls - and doing right by them, something I feel your administration has failed to do these past seven and one half years.





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