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Monday, April 6, 2015
By +Scott Leffler

Roger Sherrie
Lockport has another candidate for mayor in the 2015 election.

The third announced candidate for mayor, Roger Sherrie said in his announcement that "There have been many trying times and important elections in our city’s history but perhaps none as important as this coming November."

Sherrie, who will face fellow Democrat Mike Pillot in a primary, linked incumbent mayor Anne McCaffrey to her predecessor, Mike Tucker. McCaffrey took office early last year when Tucker resigned suddenly.

“I did not see myself entering elective politics at this stage in my life,” he added “but I could not sit back and watch all the questionable actions being taken by the Tucker/McCaffrey administration.”

Sherrie retired in January after a 28 year career with one of the state’s largest unions saying his “experience analyzing municipal budgets and finding common ground solutions through collective bargaining" would serve him well as mayor.

Besides being a former president of the city’s Parks Board under long-time superintendent Larry Martin, Sherrie served as chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee under 3 term mayor Tom Rotondo and authored a study of the city’s governmental structures which eventually led to the council’s downsizing.

“It’s important that voters understand the Tucker/McCaffrey administration is systematically changing our governmental structure without telling voters or giving them input through referendum. That is just plain wrong,” he said.

“Too often, as with the council’s vote to put off release and adoption of the budget until after city elections, this mayor prefers to keep residents in the dark putting party politics ahead of sound public policy. Lockport should be embracing transparency and accountability instead of operating in secrecy as this administration has; and every alderman, with the exception of newly elected Anita Mullane, must be held accountable for the deplorable condition of our city,” said Sherrie. “Any honest assessment by city residents will tell them they are far worse off now because of the failures and shortcomings of the Tucker/McCaffrey administration.”

“The city is more than just the area above High Street. We are a city where 20 percent of our population lives in poverty and one-half of all city households live on less than $40,000 a year. Lockport’s middle class is struggling and no amount of political spin can change that fact,” he said.

“The quality of life we enjoy in this city is directly connected to the public structures we have invested in over many decades. We cannot afford to treat our economic challenges as simply a subtraction problem,” Sherrie said. “A more balanced approach is the responsible way to go” stating details will be forthcoming as his campaign gets underway.

Sherrie is a Western New York native having resided in Lockport nearly 40 years. He is a graduate of Adrian College with a BA degree in Political Science. Sherrie resides on Davison Road and was married to
the late Mollie (nee Shearer). They raised three children, Alec, Lydia and Emma.

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