Jason J. Murgia, who is completing his first full term representing the 1st District in the Niagara County Legislature, is seeking re-election to his county position.
A registered Democrat who is a member of the majority caucus, Murgia currently serves as first deputy majority leader, and he chairs the influential Administration Committee. He had been mentioned as a possible candidate for Mayor of Niagara Falls, but instead hopes to continue working for his constituents in the 1st District.
“I am flattered that so many people had encouraged me to run for mayor,” said Murgia. “But my heart is still with the 1st District. I want to continue the important work we have started in the County Legislature. It is an honor to represent the 1st District, and I hope to have that honor for at leasttwo more years.”
Murgia was appointed to the vacant legislative seat in January 2005. That fall, he defeated his primary opponent by a 3-to-2 margin and won the general election without opposition.
In 2005, he worked with churches, non-profit agencies and elected officials to keep essential education and employment-related programs at the Niagara County Trott ACCESS Center on 11th Street. He also helped secure $50,000 to support these important programs. He worked with city and county officials last summer to fund emergency repairs of the Pine Avenue Business Association’s gazebo, which had collapsed, and was needed for a series of public events.
Murgia has been a strong advocate for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and has worked to secure homeland security funds and low-cost power to help the hospital provide a high standard of care. He spoke out last year for the City of Niagara Falls to receive its fair share of casino funds, and he secured $10,000 for the Niagara Falls Greeters Program.
“I have been able to accomplish a lot for the district because I’m willing to work with anyone,” he said. “I’m not out to destroy anyone or score political points at someone else’s expense. I just want good government, and so do my constituents.”
“My campaign will be a positive one,” he added. “I think people have had enough of cynical, negative politics, and I don’t want any part of that kind of campaign.”
Murgia is known for his work as proprietor of the Orchard Grill, a thriving restaurant on Main Street in Niagara Falls. He also works as the 21st Century Grant
coordinator for the Niagara Falls City School District, where he oversees community use of Niagara Falls High School.
Murgia grew up in Niagara Falls and attended local schools before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from
the University of South Carolina in 1994. Murgia then returned to Niagara Falls to help revitalize the city.