On or about August 4th, Niagara Times learned that Lockport 4th Ward Alderman Pat Schrader was involved in an auto accident that sent a nine year-old Lockport girl to the hospital. The accident required a Mercy Flight of the girl. Fortunately, the injuries she sustained were not life threatening.
From what we have learned, a police report was filed with the Lockport Police Department(LPD), and all city policies and procedures were followed.
What we are unable to comprehend, once again, is where is the mainstream media? In a column earlier today, someone referenced the lack of "investigative journalists" in our market. Does the local media only follow stories that are spoon-fed to them?
Worse yet, did the local media know about the story and bury it? Should this be the case, every one of us should be very concerned with this self-imposed censorship of stories of interest.
The release of this story by Niagara Times a month after it occurred is by no means an attempt to impugn Mr. Schrader. He is a dedicated representative who works hard for the city. He is unopposed for re-election this year. Accidents happen and again, the girl was not very seriously hurt.
But where is the responsibility? Do the people of this community not have the right to all of the news, not just the news that the local media deems us worthy of knowing? Or do we not deserve some sort of statement from Schrader, or did he think it wasn't necessary or that we didn't deserve one?
Either way, when you are an elected official, you live your life at a different standard. There are multiple parties at fault here. We can only hope that someone comes clean.