NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Assembelyman John Ceretto used his district office in Niagara County for campaign purposes. At least, that’s the charge from his opponent, Angelo Morinello.
“He reached out to our office, and that staffer scheduled a meeting, put it on my calendar that we were meeting with him,” Ceretto said. “And the reason for that meeting was about a business that was in Grand Island that needed our help.”
“I’ve never seen those notes,” he said. “I don’t know if they were taken then, or if they were created yesterday.”
“What we’re talking about is pure politics from my opponent,” Ceretto said. “Quite frankly what he’s doing is taking the game off where we’re not focusing on issues.”
“As a judge, he’s trying to prosecute me rather than stick to the issues, the real issues of making this area better,” Ceretto said.
“I do not abuse my office,” Ceretto said. “What I do is make this place, and our area better, because this is my home.”
Sharpe, who is also the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce vice president, confirmed last fall’s meeting was strictly business. He and Ceretto have known each other for more than two decades. He said if politics was discussed, it certainly had nothing to do with election planning.