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LOCKPORT – As winter winds howled outside, the Common Council looked ahead to summer by approving the dates for the 39th annual Optimist Club Arts and Crafts Festival.

The Council approved the closure of Main Street and East Avenue between Washburn and Saxton streets for the fest June 28 and 29.

The Council also approved the 43rd annual Y-10 Open Road Race, a winter 10-mile footrace set for Feb. 8. Market Street will be closed for the race, as will East Avenue between Washburn and Elm streets.

The actions came during the Council’s annual reorganizational meeting.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker reappointed Alderwoman Anne E. McCaffrey, R-2nd Ward, as Council president for the second consecutive year.

The city’s legal team also remains in place: John J. Ottaviano as corporation counsel, with David E. Blackley, Matthew E. Brooks and Michael E. Benedict as his deputies.

Alderman Joseph C. Kibler, R-at large, was reappointed to the Police Board along with former Alderman John T. Pitrello and Andrew Rosenberg. The latter two will serve through 2017, while Kibler will be on the board for the duration of his two-year Council term.

The same is true for Alderman Patrick W. Schrader, D-4th Ward, reappointed to the Fire Board. Thomas O’Shea will serve another four years on that board.

The Council ratified Tucker’s choices of McCaffrey and Edward E. Sandusky to represent the city on the Lockport Community Cable Commission, a body divided between members from the City and Town of Lockport.

City Judge William J. Watson administered oaths of office to the re-elected aldermen and the city attorneys.

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