Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A trustee with the Lockport board of education has announced plans to challenge the majority leader in the Niagara County Legislature in this year’s race for the 12th district legislative seat.
Anthony Molinaro, who works as a vocational teacher, plans to take on incumbent 12th District lawmaker Richard Updegrove, who serves as majority leader in the Republican-controlled legislature.
In announcing his candidacy, Molinaro said he believes it is time for a change and new direction in county government.
“The Republican super majority is consumed with power politics, serving special interests, driving up taxes and hurting the working families in my district in Lockport and across Niagara County,” Molinaro said in a statement accompanying his campaign announcement.
Molinaro works as a vocational building trades instructor at Orleans-Niagara BOCES-NCTEC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s degree in education from Buffalo State College. He is married and he and his wife, Kristen, have three sons with another child expected in September.
The candidate’s family owns Molinaro’s Ristorante and Holy Cannoli Caffe. Anthony and others in his family are active in Lockport’s Italian Festival.
His parents are originally from Calabria, Italy and met in Lockport.
“My parents taught me the importance of hard work and giving back to our community,” Molinaro said. “I want to continue serving the people of Lockport and much can be done on the county level to help working class families have better opportunities.”
Molinaro supports local unions and wants county industrial development projects to require local hiring provisions.
“County taxpayers should not be subsidizing businesses that hire out-of-state construction workers,” he argues.
He also worked at GM/Delphi for 11 years as a member of UAW Local 686. He is advocating for more political transparency in the county legislature, a lowering of the local tax burden, regionalizing services and better health care programs for seniors.
Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nick Forster said: “Anthony Molinaro is an outstanding candidate. He’s served well on the school board, he knows business and he’s dedicated to Lockport. He’s the kind of legislator we need to help turn county government in a new direction and end the self-serving one-party rule we now have.”