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Friday, May 29, 2015

Mike White
Lockport City Treasurer Mike White is seeking a fourth term in office, he announced this afternoon.

The incumbent said in a press release that it has never been more crucial that the Treasurer's Office "maintains the municipal experience necessary to navigate in these temporary rough waters."

White faces opposition from Alderman John Lombardi, a fellow Republican who announced recently that he would be seeking the elected post.

White said he takes "a no-nonsense approach to following up when potential violations as the relate to people's money arise," in the release, which follows in its entirety:

At this time I would like to announce my candidacy for the Office of the Lockport City Treasurer. This will be my fourth campaign and I am asking for the voters continued trust to allow me to serve them. As part of remarks I recently made to the public (Available at East Niagara Post) is is important for the voters to understand that this "Independent Office's make (Design) and custodian (Treasurer) that was originally set up by our founding fathers and mothers, can only be changed by you, the people.

In these financially challenging times, which are not exclusive to this city alone, it is more important now than ever that this office maintains the municipal experience necessary to navigate in these temporary rough waters. Rest assured that they will be calmed. With the devastating cutbacks, like other departments in the City have experienced, and the limited remaining staff available to perform the daily business of the Treasury there is simply no room or time to go through a "learning curve." I believe voters will make some changes in November and hopefully the elected officials will take advantage of how much and invaluable resource this office can be on how city government should run financially before big spending decisions are made.

Those that know me or have dealt with this office understand that they can put their trust in me and the great professional staff that I have the pleasure of working with. These days ou continually hear the expression, "Do more with less." My staff and the many employees throughout the city that work with us on a daily basis are the epitome of that statement. We communicate extremely well. This office is much more than the recently applied public perception that it is nothing more than a collection agency. Nothing could be further from the truth. For others dealing with sensitive issues such as water, sewer, refuse, people in jeopardy of losing their home, home closings, and legal matters just to name a few, the public feels comfortable knowing we will go above and beyond the call of duty while protecting their integrity.

With ethics, as it related to finance, I take a no nonsense approach to following up when potential violations as they relate to the people's money arise. As the public has seen in the past, this independent office will not tolerate any improper activity of this nature from employees or elected officials period.

White is a recent Past President, Chairman of Audit and Director of the New York State Municipal Finance Officers Association. This organization is instrumental in training and keeping the membership of over five hundred current municipal Chief Financial Officers across the state abreast on all matters of financial substance as it relates to their cities and villages. He is a "Certified Credentialed Municipal Finance Officer" and served as a former staff accountant in the private sector. He also serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer and is currently Operations Committee Chairman as well as Audit Committee member of the recently completed Lockport Ice Arena & Sports Center, Inc.

The support I have received has just been amazing especially with the challenges we face. I am up for the task. I have over fifteen years of combined municipal experience between Niagara County (Deputy Treasurer) and the City of Lockport (Treasurer). I feel I am the most qualified person for the job and without question the most qualified in the area of municipal finance.

White will be running in a Republican Primary in September. 

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