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Lockport finance director resigns, citing diminished influence

Scott A. Schrader resigned Thursday from his $95,000-a-year post as City of Lockport finance director, effective Dec. 31.

Schrader, 50, was hired in 2015 by then-Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey to deal with the city's financial crisis. His letter of resignation pointed out that the State Comptroller's Office no longer rates Lockport a fiscally stressed city. Schrader's letter thanked McCaffrey but indicated he's been frozen out by recently re-elected Mayor Michelle M. Roman.

"The philosophies of the current administration and my philosophies on good government do not and cannot mesh," Schrader wrote. "My role in effectuating change or even in participating in discussions regarding the direction this city is to head has been eliminated. My counsel is no longer sought. It is disheartening to see this happening to the other department heads as well. It would be a disservice to the city and, most importantly, to myself to continue to work in this environment."

Roman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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