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STANISZEWSKI TO SEEK RE-ELECTION AS LACKAWANNA MAYOR

Citing a record of accomplishment and restoration of lost city pride, Lackawanna Mayor Kathleen M. Staniszewski announced Thursday that she is seeking a second term.

The announcement, which had been expected, came during a fund-raising dinner in the Knights of Columbus hall.

Ms. Staniszewski, a Democrat who upset two-term incumbent Thomas Radich in 1991, recalled that one of the first pieces of advice she received was it would be enough to run a clean administration and stay out of trouble.

"But instead of watching our back, we looked forward" and accomplished much, she said.

There are more police officers, better streets equipment, new playground equipment, sidewalks accessible to the handicapped, infrastructure improvements to allow for industrial expansion and new housing with more on the way, she said.

Ms. Staniszewski said she has streamlined operations in City Hall and instituted cost savings by employing sound business management techniques.

She told supporters: "Together we are turning our city around, restoring our civic pride and making Lackawanna a truly great place to live. And we don't want to stop now."

Richard J. Powers, a registered Republican, is the only other announced candidate to date, but several others are expected to join the field.

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