The Lockport City Democratic Committee says it will part ways with 5th Ward Alderman Rick Abbott, also a Democrat, for opposing restoring to union firefighters the job of providing city ambulance service.
Prior to 2014, the Lockport Fire Department (LPD) provided ambulance service to city residents for 40 years. The city outsources to a private company which has saved taxpayers $1 million per year.
Lockport City Democratic Committee Chairman Roger Sherrie said, “Rick Abbott duped voters in the 5th ward into thinking he was a principled Democrat when he is not. Abbott should be ashamed for deceiving the public into thinking he is more than just a rubber stamp for [Republican Lockport Mayor] Anne McCaffrey.”
Abbott voted with Republicans this week with a “no” vote to a Lockport Common Council resolution which could potentially streamline the return of the ambulance service to the union-run Lockport Fire Department (LFD.)