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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rick Abbott
Former Lockport Streets Department employee Rick Abbott announced his candidacy for the 5th Ward seat of the Lockport Common Council today.

Abbott, a newcomer to politics, held numerous public service roles over a 35-year career, including with the Niagara County Dept. of Health, New York State Dept. of Health, and Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in addition to his time with the city Streets Department. While he was a state employee, he was a member of Public Employees Federation (PEF) and held elective office for 15 years.

He retired from public service in 2007 and has been employed by People Inc. for the past six years.

Abbott has been a resident of the City of Lockport for more than 60 years, living in what is now the 5th Ward for the majority of that time.

"I love Lockport and its community," the registered Democrat said. "I believe in Lockport. The city has to have a vision and we need to evolve and seek our identity for the future. Lockport is an older city that requires new ideas, so that it can once again be attractive to new residents and their families while maintaining our current residents.
We are paying a premium tax rate; so therefore, we need to provide quality services to our residents. Quality services is not a perk, it is an obligation."

"Lockport has many problems but we cannot dwell on the past, we need to move forward and improve our streets, our parks, our relationships with our employees and the way we do business," he continued. "We need for everyone to adopt a philosophy of cooperation."

Abbott has two daughters and two sons, all of whom are lifelong residents of the City of Lockport.

Former Lockport School Board member Allan Jack previously announced as a Republican candidate for the seat, which is currently held by fellow Republican Ken Genewick, who is not seeking re-election.


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