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Mr. Johnny Destino

Wrong Johnny Destino?

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Local Address:  Niagara Falls , New York , United States
City of Niagara Falls

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School
  • University at Buffalo
  • double degree , Communication and Political Science
  • law degree
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Reshaping the image of Niagara ..., 13 Oct 2014 [cached]
Reshaping the image of Niagara Falls is no easy feat, but Johnny Destino is committed to making it happen. The young Democrat wants to bring life back to the faded icon that attracts tourists from around the world.
Destino is many things: a father, a lawyer, a former Republican, and a school board member. Now he hopes to add a New York State Senator to the list.
A native of Western New York, Destino graduated from Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School in 1994. From there, he continued his studies at the University at Buffalo, graduating in 1999 with a double degree in Communication and Political Science. After school he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a job in Information Technology - but it wasn't long before he made his way back to Niagara Falls.
Destino was one of the first employees for the Seneca Gaming Corporation, worked there for five years helping grow the company and returned to UB where he earned his law degree in 2010.
Now an attorney in private practice, Destino is an active member of the Niagara Falls School Board and the Orleans-Niagara BOCES Board, which has familiarized him with managing employees, handling state and federal issues and keeping a budget.
"The school board is responsible for the $130 million annual budget; we make sure we are in compliance with state regulations and federal mandates, and we make sure 700 employees and six unions are happy," Destino said. "On the BOCES Board we have a $50 million budget to balance and we oversee 13 component districts."
But that's not all: Destino also serves on the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Board, where they provide crisis services and community services for those in need.
This city is an international destination; there are billions of people in the world, they all know Niagara Falls and despite its current condition they're still coming here," Destino said. "We need a new spirit of cooperation and positivity if we're going to correct the problems in Western New York."
Destino also believes his legal background will come in handy if elected to the Senate.
"Being a lawyer provides me with one of the biggest advantages that I have: it's a legislative position. Who better to help write and craft new laws than an attorney who has to comply with them? Destino said.
"I want to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment that has hurt our children and bring the benefits from low cost hydropower back to Western New York," Destino said.
Destino commends Gabryszak's accusers for speaking out. "They're very courageous in coming forward," he said.
I haven't been elevated above my abilities," Destino said. "This gives me a perspective that people who have only have a public job wouldn't necessarily have."
One common knock on Destino: he has been on both sides of the political fence. Once a Republican, he changed his party to Democrat in 2012. At the time, the Niagara Falls Reporter said his own future and the future of his hometown "best lay with finding allies among other people":
Destino twice ran for public office, once for mayor against Paul Dyster in 2011 and again in 2012 against State Sen.
Destino did surprisingly well against Democrat Dyster, who narrowly edged him out by 724 votes in the general election.
"My values and positions haven't changed," Destino said. "Democrats care about people. They don't want to cut jobs without creating them."
Destino grew up in Western New York and has seen his family and friends leave to find jobs. His main motivation for his campaign is his family - he wants to ensure they have a future in the place they call home.
"I want my children to have as many opportunities as I had growing up. I'm fearful that we will lose that chance," Destino said. "I don't want my kids to have to leave to find a job."
The first thing Destino would do if elected?
"I would move to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment immediately," Destino said.
Johnny Destino, a Niagara ..., 29 May 2015 [cached]
Johnny Destino, a Niagara Falls school board member and state senate candidate, shares a moment with Todd Hathaway, the political action committee coordinator for the 600,000 member New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) at the union's Champions of Education Night on Monday at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo.
NYSUT endorsed a slate of candidates for the November election that includes Destino, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 62nd District State Senate seat, and Assemblyman John Ceretto of Lewiston, a Republican who is unopposed for re-election.
Destino was singled out for his strong support of public education and Ceretto was named one of three champions of education.
Monday's event was attended by more than 400 teachers from across Western New York including Phil Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Niagara Wheatfield's Kevin Rustowicz who introduced Destino as a former student.
Brian Higgins (D - 26th District) ..., 23 Sept 2014 [cached]
Brian Higgins (D - 26th District) are expected to be the major headliners at an endorsement press conference for State Senate candidate Johnny Destino on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6 p. m. at the American Legion Post, 752 E. Market St. (City Market) in Niagara Falls.
Destino, a Niagara Falls attorney, is the Democratic candidate for the 62nd District seat currently held by Republican George Maziarz of Newfane who decided not to seek re-election in the face of a federal investigation into his use of campaign funds.
Higgins, and many other prominent elected officials are expected to take the time on Thursday to come to the Legion Post and endorse my candidacy for this important office," said Destino.
"I have been reaching out to voters across the entire district to let them know that I stand for change, for a new brand of inclusion where everybody has a voice," said Destino.
"As an example, last week I spoke to members of the Niagara County chapter of the Shooters Committee on Education (SCOPE) to let them know I stand with them in the defense of our constitutional rights," said Destino.
Destino also told the SCOPE members on hand that he intends to put an end to the politics of corruption carried out by career politicians with an agenda of rewarding the fat cats at the expense of the everyday folks.
Destino believes the nearly 20 years of iron-fisted rule by one party, the GOP, has done great damage to many communities across the sprawling district.
Board of Education / Board Members, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
Johnny Destino Johnny Destino was elected to the Board in 2010. He is a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield, the University at Buffalo , and UB Law School. He has worked in that school's Affordable Housing Clinic, with the West Side of Buffalo's "People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH)", in the General Counsel's office at M&T Bank, was an editor for the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal, served as President of the SUNY-Buffalo Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society, and is a regional director for Young Americans for Freedom. Mr. Destino believes the revitalization of our City starts by ensuring that our children are given every opportunity to succeed in school. He believes in supporting parents and in the importance of strong parental involvement in education. Johnny Destino 284-6616 (h)
Parent Handbook / Overview, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
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