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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cambria Supervisor Wright Ellis, left, and Assemblyman Steve Hawley
applaud as Robert Ortt, candidate for state Senate, shake Niagara County
Legislature Chairman Bill Ross' hand. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt bookended his holiday weekend with endorsements — first from veteran lawmakers, then from a prominent gun association.

The candidate for the 62nd Senate District, announced Saturday that he had received the support of three veteran public servants. At a rally at VFW Post 2535 in Lockport, Ortt received endorsements from Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross and Town of Cambria Supervisor Wright Ellis, all veterans serving their communities at different levels of government.

“It is truly an honor to receive the support of these three distinguished public servants. All three served their country in the military and continued their commitment to public service in government, fighting for the people they represent,” said Ortt. “I want to thank Assemblyman Hawley, Chairman Ross and Supervisor Ellis for their support. Together they represent the very best in commitment to service, and I look forward to working with them on behalf of the residents of the 62nd Senate District.”

This morning, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Political Victory Fund announced their support for Ortt.

"We have a lot of constituents in the 62nd District and one of their top concerns is more gun control schemes coming out of Albany. It is important for them to be represented in the state legislature by someone who respects their 2nd Amendment civil rights," said NYSRPA President Tom King. "I believe Robert Ortt is the best choice for gun owners in the race and encourage all concerned citizens to support his candidacy on Election Day."

“I have proven experience in protecting the Constitution. I fought for our rights in Afghanistan, and will do so in Albany as state Senator,” Ortt said. “As a vocal supporter of the 2nd amendment, I am proud to have the endorsement of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. They have been a leading voice in protecting our 2nd amendment rights in New York and I believe I am the only candidate in this race who will stand with them to fight to repeal the so called SAFE Act, and prevent additional restrictions on law abiding gun owners and sportsmen and women across New York.”

In addition to the endorsement of the New York Rifle and Pistol Association, Rob Ortt has been given an A+ rating from SCOPE and has signed their candidate pledge to repeal the NY SAFE Act.

Ortt is the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Independence party candidate. The 62nd Senate District is made up of all of Niagara, and Orleans Counties and includes the Towns of Sweden and Ogden in Monroe Counties.

He is facing Democrat Johnny Destino and Working Parties candidate Paul Brown in the Nov. 4 general election.

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