When Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, was sworn-in on Jan. 1, he paid homage to the late Gregory J. Pope, a former assemblyman and the father of Richard P. Pope, director of the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District. Ceretto wore Assemblyman Pope's cuff links.
"(Gregory) Pope was a superb public official who worked with members from both sides of the aisle in order to pass legislation that benefited our area," Ceretto said. "I hope to carry on his legacy by working with like-minded legislators, regardless of their party affiliation, to draft legislation and enact policies that will bring long overdue tax relief and jobs to Western New York."
Ceretto wore the cuff links to pay tribute to Pope's naval service during World War II, as well as his service to the state and the local community.
"My family is greatly honored that Assemblyman Ceretto has chosen to honor my father's service to both his country, the New York State Assembly and Niagara County," Richard Pope said.
Gregory Pope was born in Medina and lived in Lockport with his wife, Joanne. He was a member of the Assembly from 1965-70. During that time, he represented both the 138th and 152nd districts. In addition to his public service, Pope was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Shown in photo No. 1 members of the Pope family alongside Ceretto. Pictured, from left, are Timothy Webster, Amanda Webster, Paula Pope Webster, Ceretto, Susan Pope and Richard Pope. Photo No. 2 is a look at one of the cuff links. (photos by Kevin and Dawn Cobello, K&D Action Photo)
Pictured in photo No. 3 are Gregory and Joanne Pope.