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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Joe O'Shaughnessy
Local business owner and former school board member Joe O'Shaughnessy has announced his candidacy for Lockport Common Council Alderman at Large.

O'Shaughnessy, a Democrat, said Mayor Anne McCaffrey and the current Common Council — with the exception of fellow Democrat Anita Mullane — are guilty of reckless spending and depriving the community of a professional ambulance service at the Lockport Fire Dept.

O'Shaughnessy's announcement of candidacy follows below in its entirety.
R. Joseph O’Shaughnessy, local businessman and owner of Oak Run Golf Club in Lockport has announced his candidacy for Alderman at Large in the city of Lockport. O’Shaughnessy, a former School Board Trustee is a Democrat and lifelong resident of Lockport. He holds a BA in Public Relations from Bowling Green State University. He is a past President of the WNY PGA of America and an inductee to the PGA Hall of Fame. He also served on the National PGA Board of Directors as chair of the Employment committee.

“We have been nailed with a ten percent increase in property taxes. We are paying more and getting less. With the exception of newly elected Alderwoman Anita Mullane, the current council and Mayor are the same people who recklessly spent our money.

Taxpayers in Lockport paid to train one of the most competent emergency response units in the state. The current administration destroyed this unit and has deprived this community of their services.  We need to bring back the professional ambulance service. When asked about other concerns he stated “the need for term limits for elected officials, leading to more competitive races, which will force candidates to be more responsive to the needs of voters.”

O’Shaughnessy believes the city needs a five-year financial projection, not the need for more accountants and accounting committees. “Most importantly, the morale of our city employees is at an all-time low.  It is time to open the lines of communication and work together to restore this community to its past dignity. As voters and taxpayers, we deserve better.”

The city is celebrating its 150th Birthday. “My grandfather, Timothy J. O’Shaughnessy was an alderman during Lockport’s early years, he cared about this fine city and served with distinction,” said O’Shaughnessy.

From 1870 to present, the O’Shaughnessy family has been committed to making Lockport a better place. With your support, I will do the same.

Joe and his wife Brenda of 38 years have two daughters and two grandsons.

The current alderman at large is Republican Joe Kibler. He has not publicly declared his candidacy for re-election.

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