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November 3, 2013

Election races to be settled Tuesday

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Here is a listing of contested races in the 2013 general election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

City of Lockport Common Council

Fifth Ward alderman: Kenneth M. Genewick, R, C, I; or Phyllis J. Green, D.

Genewick, the two-term incumbent, squares off again with Green, who served as the city’s 2nd Ward alderman for 16 years in the 1990s and 2000s. Genewick beat Green in the September Republican primary.

Genewick has centered his campaign around the strides Lockport has made while he has been on the Common Council, in terms of development downtown, acquiring private refuse collection with unlimited recycling, implementing an “Impact Zone” in the central city and reducing the city tax rate.

Green questions the price at which the progress comes, objecting specifically to city borrowing for investment in tourism development. Since the state comptroller added Lockport to his list of fiscally “stressed” municipalities, she’s been questioning the Council’s spending and borrowing habits generally. The city’s infrastructure is not well maintained and needs attention, she has said.

Town of Lockport

Supervisor: Marc R. Smith, R, I; or David J. Mongielo, C.

Mongielo is challenging the incumbent Smith, who defeated Mongielo in the 2009 supervisor election. Mongielo narrowly beat Smith in the Conservative primary election this year.

Smith touts the progress that Lockport has made with him on the town board, including 10 years of balanced budgets, recruitment of 85 new businesses including Yahoo, 323 new jobs and development of three town parks. The average town tax bill has decreased by $117 over the past decade, he says.

Mongielo has issues with both the town’s surplus, which he says should be returned to taxpayers, and the number of new businesses in town. Some of them have benefited from town Industrial Development Agency-granted tax breaks, which Mongielo refers to as “corporate welfare.”

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