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Lockport GOP endorses McNall re-election bid

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Wed, Mar 1st 2017 09:25 am

VanDeMark: Legislature chairman putting Lockport first

City of Lockport Republicans moved swiftly to endorse the re-election bid of one local official Monday night.

Following a unanimous vote to endorse Niagara County Legislature Chairman Wm. Keith McNall, GOP leader Adam VanDeMark praised the veteran lawmaker, who represents the entirety of the city's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th wards, as well as much of the 1st Ward, in county government.

VanDeMark called the endorsement "both obvious and smart." He added, "Keith McNall is pushing our county government in a new, more fiscally conservative direction, and obviously, we're pleased by that. At the same time, he remains a fierce champion for Lockport. The Lockport GOP subscribes to the old adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

VanDeMark said McNall has directed county funds to assist in city projects ranging from renovations at the Historic Palace Theatre to improvements at both the Outwater and AnJo baseball fields. McNall, he said, has also ensured a steady stream of funding for the popular Lockport Community Market, with county government covering half the costs of the weekly farmers' and artisans' market through Seneca Niagara Casino revenues.

"Keith McNall always ensures the taxpayers of Lockport get their fair share," VanDeMark said. "He also helped make Flight of Five restoration and the Cornerstone Ice Arena a reality."

McNall, in addition to chairing the Niagara County Legislature, also sits on the board of directors of the Cornerstone Community Credit Union and is a trustee of the Supreme Court Law Library.

VanDeMark said, in the 14 months since McNall became chairman of the legislature, the county government has passed its first budget in years that actually cuts spending, and that brought tax rates to their lowest level this century.

"Under Chairman Keith McNall, county government's price tag has been cut. That alone earns him our endorsement," VanDeMark said.

The Lockport Republican Committee will issue additional endorsements as they occur.

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