Kusaywa an­nounces bid for City Coun­cil

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CO­HOES, N.Y. >> Peter Kusaywa of­fi­cially an­nounced his cam­paign for the Co­hoes City Coun­cil, 6th Ward.

Kusaywa, a Repub­li­can, who works as a corrections sergeant with Al­bany County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is a life­long res­i­dent of Co­hoes, born in the Co­hoes Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in 1961. In­spired by fel­low Co­hoes Republ ican Christo­pher F. Davis’ two Sen­ate cam­paigns, and by what he views as the lack of proper rep­re­sen­ta­tion in his ward over the past few years, Kusaywa de­cided to get in­volved.

“I have very fond mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in the 6th ward. To­gether we can cre­ate new mem­o­ries for our­selves and our chil­dren. The 6th ward needs to move in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion. We need some­one who is go­ing to work with the mayor and coun­cil to make progress in Co­hoes. We need a rep­re­sen­ta­tive who is go­ing to lis­ten to the people and their con­cerns,” Kusaywa said on

Fri­day of why he’s run­ning.

“My main is­sues are our fail­ing in­fra­struc­ture, en­sur­ing taxes are not raised, and per­haps most im­por­tantly, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for people in the 6th ward. One way to do this is to re­ally lever­age and ad­ver­tise the planned re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the Mat­ton Ship­yard and our wa­ter­fronts. With the right rep­re­sen­ta­tion we can re­ally work to at­tract new busi­nesses, tourism, and help bol­ster re­cre­ation. All of this will help the city’s and the ward’s ex­ist­ing busi­nesses con­tinue to flour­ish. I look for­ward to bring­ing pos­i­tive change to the ward,” Kusaywa noted of is­sues he plans to ad­dress if elected.

“Peter is ex­actly the type of rep­re­sen­ta­tive the 6th ward, or ‘ the is­land,’ de­serves. The ward needs a leader who is fo­cused on res­i­dent’s qual­ity of life and will serve with honor, qual­i­ties that are sorely lack­ing in that ward. As a life­long res­i­dent, Peter is well-versed to meet the needs of res­i­dents and I am con­fi­dent that he will bring the pos­i­tive change that is needed in the ward. He has a won­der­ful out­look for the river­front and im­prov­ing tourism, and I look for­ward to see­ing his plans de­velop over the next year and in the fu­ture as coun­cil­man. Res­i­dents of the is­land need not fear, change is com­ing,” City Repub­li­can Chair­man Christo­pher F. Davis added.

Kusaywa is mar­ried to wife Amy and has five chil­dren and three grand­chil­dren. Kusaywa has vol­un­teered as a youth men­tor and coach in var­i­ous sports and has spe­cific ex­per­tise in sta­tis­ti­cal re­port writ­ing and com­puter sys­tems.

Peter Kusaywa

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