Lockport – City of Lockport Fifth Ward Alderman Richard E. Abbott has announced his candidacy for the 13th Niagara County Legislative District seat. 

Abbott was first elected as Fifth Ward Alderman in 2016. At that time, the City of Lockport was on the verge of bankruptcy.  Under his leadership, the city has returned from near fiscal insolvency to financial stability. 

“During my tenure on the City Council, I have made it a priority to reign in government spending and hold the line on taxes,” said Abbott.  “As a result of responsible budgeting, the city has a healthy surplus. This allowed us to prevent a 2020 property tax increase despite deep cuts from New York State.  Responsible budgeting and eliminating wasteful spending are the same values and priorities that I will bring to the Niagara County Legislature.” 

The implementation of shared services between various levels of government is a priority that Abbott will bring to the legislature. 

“Redundant bureaucracy inevitably leads to higher taxes for city residents,” said Abbott.  “As a Niagara County Legislator, I will implement shared services agreements between the city and county to increase government efficiency and decrease government spending.  I will push for consolidated 911 services, which will deliver immediate cost savings to city residents while increasing the effectiveness of emergency services.”

During his tenure on the city council, Abbott has been at the forefront of improving quality of life issues in the city, along with attracting tourists to the area.  He coordinated the effort to make the City of Lockport “Tree City USA” and brought the national “Great Race” event to the city in 2018. 

“Attracting visitors to the city is of utmost importance so that our business community can capitalize on tourism,” said Abbott.  “As a Niagara County Legislator, I will prioritize and organize community events to drive visitors to our great city.”   

Abbott has dedicated his professional life to enhancing the quality of life for the elderly and the intellectually disabled, having worked as a Senior Sanitarian with the Niagara County Department of Health, as well as for the New York State Department of Health, New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, and as a Safety Coordinator for People Inc., until his retirement in 2020. 

Abbott is a life-long resident of the City of Lockport, where he has raised his four children, Heather, Corilyn, Devon, and Connor.