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A recently laid-off member of the Lockport Fire Department is being brought back after a veteran member of the department retired last week.

The city's Fire Board voted Thursday to bring firefighter Timothy Loucks back to the department after longtime firefighter Kevin Ryan announced his retirement.

The fire department laid off seven firefighters in January after contract negotiations between the city and the department stalled. The firefighters' union continues to work under a contract that expired in 2012. Because a new contract has not been agreed to, the expired one remains in effect.

In related news
, the city's negotiator in contract talks with the city's unions — including the firefighters' union — resigned his post.

Samuel Iraci said the reason for his resignation is a busy work schedule, however Mayor Anne McCaffrey acknowledged that the decision for him to leave the post was mutual.

Iraci, the former deputy mayor of Buffalo, had been working on Lockport's behalf for union negotiations since August of 2012. In that time, the city's police union — the Hickory Club Police Benevolent Association — came to terms on an agreement with the city, but the other four unions have not.

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