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The Niagara County Courthouse.
Thomas J. Prohaska / Buffalo News
John J. Ottaviano, who served as the Lockport City management consultant for 25 years, announced his candidacy for Niagara County Judge Tuesday.
Ottaviano, a Republican who is now the first assistant district attorney, will run against Michael E. Benedict, a Lockport Democrat who announced his candidacy last week.
“My critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving skills in a wide variety of legal areas make me best and uniquely prepared to perform these important roles,” said Ottaviano.
At the beginning of his legal career, which began in 1986, Ottaviano worked in the public prosecutor’s office and worked as a public prosecutor at the family court for four years.
Ottaviano became a city attorney in 1993 and served for five mayors through 2018. His proudest accomplishment, however, was the decade he spent serving as the founder and president of the nonprofit that raised $ 15 million to build the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport. Rink.
Ottaviano graduated from Niagara University and Western Michigan University Law School.
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