Nick Piccolo has been endorsed by the Republican Party to run for mayor in Silver Creek. He has been a Silver Creek resident for most of his life, and a property owner since 1970.
In 1967, he married Connie Waugh and together they have three children: Nicolette (Steve) Riczker of Falconer, Scott (Margie) Piccolo of Forestville, and Gina Piccolo of Silver Creek. They also have four grandchildren, Taylor Piccolo, Lucas Riczker, Andrew Piccolo and Aiden Piccolo.
Piccolo was employed in the steel industry for over 45 years. He retired from AL Tech in 1997 and then went to work at Special Metals, until his retirement in 2011. For over 25 years during his career, he was active in the local unions at both plants. He served as Steward, Department Grievance Man, Unit Griever and Unit Chairman. He also served as Recording Secretary and Financial Secretary for the United Steel Workers Local Union. Piccolo was an integral member and lead negotiator of the Union Negoti-ating Team, negotiating contracts in 2003, while his employer was under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings, and in 2008, after the company was out of Chapter 11.
He played softball in a number of leagues throughout the area, and was elected into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in the class of 1996 as a catcher. He was also honored as a member of the Grape Belt Players and Coaches Association in the class of 2005. During his career he played on a number of championship teams in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda, Brocton, Ripley, Jamestown and Hamburg. He compiled a lifetime batting average of .336 and hit over 120 home runs.
Piccolo has also been very active in local high school sports. He took over as coach of the Girls' Varsity Softball Program at Silver Creek Central High School in 1984. During his tenure, the program produced four division titles and compiled over 250 wins. He had a number of girls elected to WNY Honors, both academically and athletically. There were also a number of girls he coached who went on to very successful softball careers in college.
Today, Piccolo is enjoying his retirement and works part-time as a driver for the Meals on Wheels program, serves as a deacon at Gage Chapel Community Church, he is an avid reader, and he especially enjoys spending time with his family.
Piccolo was a trustee for the village in the late 1990s until job demands and schedule changes made him unavailable to attend board meetings and continue to do the job for the taxpayers and homeowners in the village that he committed himself to when elected to office. While on the Board, Nick had the pleasure of working with a number of talented and respected trustees, including Dorothy Mangano, Betty Turzillo, Frieda Barnes, Norbert Czarnecki, Jerry Zoladz and Tom Quigley. He served under mayors Vince Tampio and Tim Heavern. He was the liaison to the village court, the police department, the fire department, listened to complaints, and served on appointed committees for the water shed, reservoir and lumber sales.
After his re-election to the board in March of last year as village trustee, he has worked under Mayor Kurt Lindstrom and served with trustees Amy Romanik (deputy mayor), Thomas Harmon and Benjamin Peters. They had a great working relationship where politics was not an issue as they all worked hard for the betterment of the residents and taxpayers of the village of Silver Creek. Under Lindstrom he served as liaison for the Hanover Town Board, department of public works, co-liaison for the food pantry, departments of water and sewer, as well as being in charge of surplus sales, village sidewalk policies and procedures, village sidewalk reimbursements, along with zoning and code enforcement in the village.
Now that he is fully retired, Piccolo has the ability to devote his full energies to fulfilling the position of mayor. If elected, he looks forward to working cooperatively with members of the board to reduce tax rates and improve the quality and costs of water lines. Most importantly, he looks forward to promoting the growth and development of the community and making the village an affordable and satisfying place to live or raise a family.
Piccolo's primary concern, which he shares with the residents of Silver Creek, is addressing the issue of the tax burden and the continuing rising costs necessary to run the village and its operations. He believes that his fellow citizens have worked too long and too hard to have to worry about whether or not they can afford to pay for the necessities of everyday living, once they have paid their taxes or other expenses associated with living in the village. There is some exciting news on the horizon regarding the Main Street School that will help to provide the village with a needed facelift and Piccolo looks forward to finally bringing this project to fruition.
He believes that there are some good people that are running for the board and they share the same concerns that he does. After the election, he looks forward to working with them to once again make Silver Creek a wonderful and affordable place to live.
"No matter how you plan to vote, please get out and use your privilege as a voter to elect the candidates of your choice. On March 19, it is my sincere hope that you will give all of us the consideration and opportunity to work for you," Piccolo said.
Don't forget to vote on March 19 between noon and 9 p.m. Those who need a ride, call 934-4408 or 673-5641.