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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lockport's Corporation Counsel, John Ottaviano also serves as the chairman of Lockport Ice Arena & Sports Center, Inc.

The Ice Arena board served the city with a notice of claim on Sept. 16, over cost overruns — reportedly more than $200,000 — and continued delays to the arena, caused by a leak in city water pipes near the arena. The leak has reportedly slowed, but has not yet ceased.

This afternoon, Ottaviano sent a letter to Lockport's Democratic Party Chairman Ed Tracey over the matter. The letter states that the city's new Ethics Committee had received a letter from Tracey suggesting a conflict of interest on Ottaviano's part for serving on a group that is suing the city, for which he serves as primary attorney.

Ottaviano's letter to Tracey states the he abstained from any and all decisions by the Ice Arena Board on whether to sue the city, and has recused himself from any involvement in the claim, instead letting the city's insurance carrier handle it.

Ottaviano's letter in full is below:

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