After clocking 20 years at City Hall, city Councilor Frank Nicastro completed his last City Council session this week.
“I will miss it, but it’s time to move on,” said Nicastro, a former mayor.
Nicastro, a state representative for the 79th District, has racked up one of the most impressive political records in the city’s history, winning every race except for a primary the first time he sought office a quarter century ago.
Nicastro, a former truant officer, served as a city councilor for six years beginning in 1987, then put in five consecutive terms as mayor, from 1993 to 2003, before stepping down voluntarily. Two years later, he ran again for council to add four more years to his City Hall resume.
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He said that Nicastro didn’t always agree with him, but he always listened to other points of view.
“He always tried to do the best for everyone,” said longtime Finance Chairman Rich Miecznikowski. “He’s been fair to everyone.”
City Councilor Ken Cockayne, a first-term Republican, said that Nicastro “got me involved in politics” by selecting him to serve on the Roberts property committee years ago.
Mayor Art Ward, who served on the council during Nicastro’s mayoral terms, said that the pair “had some good times” over the years.
He thanked Nicastro “for setting me up to this” as the city’s leader and never hesitating to offer guidance.
City Councilor Kevin McCauley said Nicastro served as a mentor for him, “grooming me so I can take over if needed.”
Nicastro may be leaving the stage at City Hall, but he remains in the legislature and said he has no intention of giving up his seat there.
“We have tough times ahead of us and I’ve got to fight for our interests” in
Nicastro said he’s learned over the years that even though politicians are “quick to criticize” when a municipal official errs, the city’s been blessed with “some of the finest people on the staff.”
In addition, he said, the elected officials he’s served with, from both parties, have always had their hearts in the right place.
“There isn’t a councilor here who doesn’t love this city,” Nicastro said.
And with his typical understatement, Nicastro called for God’s blessing “on the greatest city in the state of
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