YOUNGSTOWN – Signs are popping up on front lawns throughout the community as a three way-race for two Youngstown Village Board seats heats up. Residents go to the polls from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Red Brick municipal building, 240 Lockport St.
Incumbent Timothy Lockhart faces challenges from Dotty Riordan and Steven Zastrow. Trustee Steven Suitor is not running for re-election.
Lockhart, a Republican, is running for his second four-year term. He is the retired administer and chief operator of the Lewiston Water Pollution Control Center.
He said his goal as a trustee is to “maintain services while following the tax cap requirements.”
Lockhart said the village is trying to be diligent in replacing antiquated water lines, with the next half-mile project slated for Route 93 as it enters the village. In addition, the board is working to pave or replace sidewalks to make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations in order to qualify for grant funds.
Discussing a safety concern dating back many years, Lockhart also said, “I’m looking into putting a walkway in on Water Street as it heads back up to Main Street,” south of the Youngstown Yacht Club.
In addition to serving as deputy mayor, Lockhart serves on the board of directors for the Youngstown Lions Club and Water Environment Association, and is vice chairman of the Niagara County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Riordan, a Democrat and Youngstown native, is no stranger to politics. She is the widow of the late Mayor Neil Riordan and joined him on many projects throughout the community while he served as a longtime trustee, then mayor. She lost a bid to fill out her husband’s mayoral term by 10 votes in 2012.
She is president of the Town of Porter Historical Society, serves on the board of directors of both the Youngstown Business and Professional Association and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Youngstown Tourism and Tours Committee. She continues to organize the Falkner Park summer concert series and was a point person in the renovation of the village’s Veterans Memorial.
She said that as a trustee she would be interested in making improvements in communication between the Village Board and those living and working in the village, as well coming up with a better way of handling the “influx of tourists” in the community.
“We also need to look at infrastructure,” Riordan said. “Things need to be planned out for the future.”
“I hope to help, that’s why I’m running for the board,” added Riordan, who also carries the Communications Party line. “I have the history, information and connections.”
Zastrow, a Democrat, also has the Communications Party line. It’s his first time running for the Village Board.
The Youngstown native spent years as a journalist in Ohio and Texas after graduating from local schools, then college in Ohio.
He later graduated from law school and started a second career as an attorney, practicing law in Florida and Texas. Zastrow returned to this area more than a decade ago and established a private law practice. He also works for a U.S. customs brokerage.
Zastrow is a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company, is treasurer of the Youngstown Business and Professional Association, a member of the Youngstown Lions Club, and a trustee at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
“I think we need to be more proactive,” he said of the board. “I think we need to look at things that might become problems so that we can address them now.
“With the water line replacements, I think we need a dedicated program to assess the situation and put things on a schedule for an extended number of years, so that we will know how to pay for it,” he said.