NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls has a new state assembly member for the 145th district. In a contentious race, retired judge Angelo Morinello unseated incumbent John Ceretto. Morinello took 54 percent of the votes.
Morinello was surrounded by friends and family when the results came in. He said he was overwhelmed and winning felt surreal to him
“I kind of feel like I did right before my first major battle in Vietnam. I worked hard, I campaigned 326 days, I attended over 220 events and I knocked on almost 3,500 doors and it was me going to the people giving my message,” said Morinello.
Morinello told News 4 the first thing he wants to do is call a meeting with the two mayors and five supervisors and sit down at a table, shake hands and start working as a team for the district.
This assembly race was a hard fought battle and it was one of the most expensive assembly races in upstate New York
Morinello says his 14 years as a city court judge and his service in Vietnam has prepared him for the job. He wants to clean up Albany, claiming New York as one of the most corrupt states in the country.
In a written statement, Ceretto congratulated Morinello on his victory:
“I congratulate my opponent, Angelo Morinello, for winning a hard fought
race. Western New York families deserve a state Assembly
representative who will clean up the corruption in Albany, lower taxes,
bring funding to our area for better roads and bridges and create more
good-paying job opportunities. I am proud of the campaign that I ran and I
give a heartfelt thanks to all of those who supported me along the way. I
wish Mr. Morinello well in Albany.”