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Renae Kimble

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Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble was elected November 2, 1993, representing the Second Legislative District in the city of Niagara Falls and was re-elected to her fourth two-year term on November 2, 1999. In 1991, Ms. Kimble was the first woman to run for Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls.

She graduated from Niagara County Community College with an Associate in Arts degree and the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She also holds a Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University at Buffalo.

Legislator Kimble has been a strong voice and advocate for the residents of her district, as well as the residents of Niagara County. She is not afraid to take on the tough issues and has a reputation as a tough, but fair, no-nonsense legislator. She has accrued more name recognition and notoriety than any other Niagara County Legislator.

In her freshman year of office, Legislator Kimble was the sponsor of the grant application to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Micro Enterprise Program. As a result, the County received a $600,000 grant to provide technical assistance and capital, with the goal of creating viable and productive small businesses in Niagara County. In 1996, the County was awarded an additional 1.8 million dollars for this program, for a total of 2.4 million dollars. Over 190 small businesses have benefited from the technical assistance provided by the Micro Enterprise program. Sixty percent of the program's participants have been women and minorities. As a member of the Micro Enterprise Assistance Program Loan Review panel, Legislator Kimble has been responsible for awarding approximately $650,000 in low interest loans to small businesses in Niagara County.

As the former Chairwoman of the Administration Committee, she was instrumental in promoting and developing a local law establishing a County Code of Ethics. The law was unanimously passed on February 19, 1996, and took effect on April 1, 1996. The Code of Ethics established minimum standards of appropriate conduct for County officials and employees, as well as members of advisory boards, committees, or commissions. This Code is considered the toughest Code of Ethics in the State of New York.

As a former member of the Finance Committee, Legislator Kimble worked diligently to produce a three-year, zero percent tax increase and a two million dollar reduction the fourth year. An effective lawmaker, Legislator Kimble is a former Majority Leader of the Niagara County Legislature, the only African American to hold this position. She is the first and only African American woman to be elected to public office in the County of Niagara.

Accomplishments of Legislator Kimble include, but are not limited to: securing a $25,000 grant for the Niagara Community Center to purchase a van and computer; reopening of the 13th Street Gym after it closed in 1997; proposing legislation for the Niagara County takeover of the Niagara Falls Airport; restoring bus service after the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority proposed cuts; providing two 500 dollar NOVA Scholarships to the Niagara County Black Achievers Committee in 1999 and 2000; serving as the General Chairperson for the 25th Annual Black Achievers Scholarship Awards Banquet; legislating the County's Red, Yellow, Green Smoking Sign Ordinance that promotes choice and freedom for both smokers and non-smokers.

A former Director of the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission - the first woman to hold this position - she is an advocate for the rights of all people, and is a strong voice for change. Her strong faith in God and acceptance of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is her greatest source of strength, which enables her to serve each and every resident of Niagara County with tremendous zeal and humility. Legislator Kimble is the daughter of Theodis and Lillie Kimble.