Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The 10th District of the Niagara County Legislature, which includes Wilson, Cambria and part of Wheatfield, has two candidates vying for a two-year term as legislator: David Godfrey and Chris Srock.
Godfrey, a Marine veteran who is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties, is seeking his third term of office.
Srock calls himself a moderate Democrat who is socially progressive and has fiscally conservative views. He ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, in 2006, and has never held public office.
Godfrey, who serves on 11 county committees, frequently attends town board meetings to give updates on county issues. The primary issue on his agenda is the Niagara Falls Air Base.
”One of the greatest challenges is defending the airbase and airport,” he said. “Without the airbase, the airport would not survive because of the shared services that the military provides.”
The 1,000-acre base has 1,000 employees and a $200 million impact on the county, according to Godfrey. Local businesses supply it and the airport. The military shared with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority the cost of having the Niagara Falls International Airport runway redone.
Godfrey said that he is working closely with the Principi Group, a county-hired consultant, to identify more missions and more funding for the base, which houses the 914th Air Reserve Station and the 107th Airlift Wing medical group, the processing center for all branches of the armed forces. A rebranded base would be known as a Joint Operation Center.
“We want to give them as much work as we can on that base,” said Godfrey.
Godfrey also has been actively pursuing harbor dredging in Wilson and the fight to maintain Lake Ontario water levels. He’s been a leader of the county’s emergency radio system upgrading/narrowbanding project.
Born in Lockport, Godfrey moved to Wilson after service with the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969. He has more than 40 years of work experience in business-enabling Information Technology including biometrics, forensics and wireless infrastructures. He has served on the Eastern Niagara Hospital board of directors and with Wilson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.