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Ex-alderman will run for old seat

Former 4th Ward Alderman Patrick W. Schrader announced Wednesday he is running for his old seat in this fall's election.

Schrader, a Democrat, served 10 years on the Common Council before Republican Andrew D. Chapman defeated him in 2009.

Chapman said before Wednesday's Council meeting that he is not sure if he will run for re-election.

Schrader, 70, a close friend of Republican Mayor Michael W. Tucker, serves on the Fire Board and the Greater Lockport Development Corp. board of directors.

"We become more efficient and will build a larger tax base through the promotion of Lockport's historical and cultural heritage," Schrader said. "Our beautiful old homes need to be the focal point on which to help revitalize the whole City of Lockport."

Schrader, a retiree from Delphi, also pledged to work to better maintain the city's infrastructure and housing stock.

Chapman, who owns a security equipment business, said he has to decide if he has time to continue serving on the Council.

Meanwhile, Alderman Joseph C. Kibler, R-at large, said Wednesday he will run for one more two-year term.

Kibler, 77, who was hospitalized last fall and had a heart pacemaker implanted, said he promised his wife he would quit politics when she retires from her job at HSBC Bank in two years.

Council President Richelle J. Pasceri, R-1st Ward, said she wants to run for re-election but can't commit yet. She said she has to sort out some personal issues before throwing her hat into the ring.

Previously, Aldermen Jack L. Smith Jr., D-2nd Ward, and Kenneth M. Genewick, R-5th Ward, said they expected to run for re-election. Alderwoman Flora M. McKenzie, D-3rd Ward, said she would not run.

At Wednesday's meeting, a late resolution calling for the ouster of Gladys Carrion as state commissioner of children and family services failed to win the majority support needed to make the agenda.

McKenzie, Chapman and Smith refused to put it on the agenda. The 3-3 tie in the straw vote put the measure on hold until the April 6 meeting.

The resolution, sponsored by Pasceri, was similar to one that the County Legislature passed March 1. It demanded that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo fire Carrion because of an alleged lack of reform in youth detention programs following the June 2009 murder of Renee C. Greco, a youth counselor, in a Lockport group home.

Smith and Chapman said they weren't given enough opportunity to read the resolution and determine if the charges were factual. McKenzie opposed scapegoating Carrion; she blamed judges for not being tough enough in sentencing violent youths, especially whites.

"A lot of blacks get put in jail, and these kids got sent to these little homes," said McKenzie, the Council's only African-American.

The two teens convicted of killing Greco were white.

The Council scheduled public hearings April 6 on raising the income ceiling for senior citizen property tax exemptions and on an amended special-use permit for Lock City Metals, which seeks to add auto recycling to its array of services.

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