Nick Garisto aims for a return to council chamber

June 30, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Nick Garisto is an old hand at municipal politics.

He is a former deputy mayor, having won the post in 2000. Before that, the Orangeville businessman served as a councillor by way of electoral success in 1994, again in 1997, and most recently in 2014.

He was also a candidate for deputy mayor in the 2018 municipal electoral contest.

That wealth of experience would prove to be an asset to him should voters return him to town hall in the Oct. 24 municipal election, he said.

Garisto is again hoping to work for the people of Orangeville, to serve their interests over the next term, he told the Citizen.

“I’m not a rookie,” he said. “I’ve been there. Things may change, but they don’t change much.”

“You really have to work with your council and town staff,” Garisto added. “They (staff) are the people who implement council’s strategy.”

Garisto has been a local businessman for more than 50 years. He’s cultivated a clear sense of the issues faced by the business community over that time.

“I think very highly of the businesses in town,” he said.

If voters return him to the council table, Garisto said he will lobby for ways to create new opportunities for residents in Orangeville.

“When we bring in new businesses, people will get jobs,” he said. “They (businesses) also contribute taxes, and that will make it easier for individual rate payers.”

He believe more should be done to improve the lives of senior citizens in the town. There’s much work required to meet the need for affordable house and even long-term care for seniors, he said.

Partnerships between developers and the town, county, and federal governments may go a distance toward housing concerns for seniors, he said.

“We can’t forget our seniors,” Garisto said. “They should be respected.”

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