Pres­i­dent of Palace The­atre board run­ning for Coun­cil

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS -

Ellen M. Schratz, who has served as pres­i­dent of the board of Lockport’s His­toric Palace The­atre since the not-for-profit en­tity’s in­cep­tion in 2003, late last week an­nounced her can­di­dacy for Lockport alder­woman at large.

Schratz, 62, a Repub­li­can, has not run for elec­tive of­fice be­fore but she has been prom­i­nent in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said GOP As­sem­bly­man Michael J. Nor­ris asked her to run after Lawrence M. Eg­gert, the for­mer po­lice chief, de­cided not to seek re-elec­tion. “I thought about it for awhile and I thought it would be in­ter­est­ing and a good op­por­tu­nity to serve the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Schratz played a key role in push­ing the Dio­cese of Buf­falo to re­open DeSales Catholic School in 1994, and headed the DeSales Home School As­so­ci­a­tion for 15 years.

– Thomas J. Pro­haska

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