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Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker resigns

BY: Rikki Cason | February 21, 2014

After serving the City of Lockport for 11 years, Mayor Michael Tucker resigned from office Friday.

“It is with both a heavy heart and great anticipation of what the future holds that I am announcing my immediate resignation from the office of Mayor of the City of Lockport,” Tucker said. “In recent weeks, several exciting private sector employment opportunities have been presented to me. My pursuit of these opportunities necessitates that I vacate my public office position at this time. I will also be resigning my position with the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency effective immediately.”

During his time in office, Tucker helped to transform Canal Street and made the rehabilitation of the Flight of Five a reality. Hundreds of thousands of visitors came into Lockport every Friday night for the concert series. Tucker also helped to privatize garbage pickup.

“As my time comes to a close, I have nothing but fond memories of my time in office, and the strides that we’ve made,” he said. “For the past 10 years, I have been honored to serve as the mayor of this great city. I am forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by those who’ve shared my vision for the city. Now, the time for me to move on has come and for the next generation to take the reins of the city.”

Common Council President Anne McCaffrey will now step in as mayor. In a statement Friday, she said, like all Lockport residents, she was surprised by Tucker’s decision to resign.

“Mayor Tucker has the distinction of being Lockport’s longest serving mayor and has accomplished some significant things during his tenure,” said McCaffrey. “On behalf of the City of Lockport, I thank him for his dedicated service and wish him and his family the very best as he moves on to new endeavors.

She said Lockport is faced with “tremendous challenges right now.”

“I am fully prepared to step into the mayor’s office immediately and begin working to address these issues,” she said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the city I love and honored to have been the longest serving mayor in the city’s history,” said Tucker. “Tomorrow will be a day unlike any other over the past 10 years — I will wake up tomorrow, not as the mayor, but as Mike Tucker, former Mayor of Lockport. That being said, I know that I am leaving the city in good hands and I am ecstatic at the prospect of spending more time with my family and thrilled at what lies ahead both personally and professionally.”

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