JAMESTOWN – Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce has served on the Council for more than two decades, but he says his latest term has been “the most bizarre” one that he’s endured.
Dolce recently spoke with WNY News Now to discuss what he’s learned as City Council President. The Ward II Republican explains that most of his latest term involved dealing with the fall out of the global pandemic and its effect on the City.
“Shortly after we took office last year, in March, and all the way through into this year, and being on Zoom and back and forth and in person and not in person,” Dolce said. “That’s been a huge challenge to work through that logistically as well as keeping the business of the City going during a major pandemic, which is unprecedented and unheard of.”
Dolce, in addition, explains that the Council has also experienced the traditional challenges of adapting to a new Mayoral administration and department heads.
The President says the unexpected passing of Ward III Councilwoman Vikeye James also hit the Council hard from both a personal and professional standpoint.
Despite all of the challenges, Dolce says the Council has performed admirably in continuing to conduct business.
“It’s been a crazy two years, but that being said, I also think it’s been a very successful two years,” Dolce said. “I’m very proud of the work that the Council has done through all of this….We’ve managed to continue to keep going and keep this ship going. I think we’ve done a good job.”
“This council has worked very diligently,” he added. “We’ve worked together in a bipartisan fashion, there hasn’t been political bickering.” Dolce notes that members have differences of opinion, but they’ve worked to find compromise in seeking resolutions.
Dolce is running unopposed in the 2021 election.