BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former member of the Buffalo Common Council has passed away.
Michael LoCurto represented the Delaware District while serving on the council.
It is not clear what led to his death.
On Friday morning, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen released a statement on LoCurto’s death:
“Former Councilmember Mike LoCurto has passed. It was Mike who one day told me that he thought I would be a good president to bring the Common Council together and that I had his vote. I have been elected twice unanimously by my colleagues and have tried my best to do just that bring us together for the common good of ALL Buffalonians. Thank you Mike for the push. My friend, never be surprised that the suggestion of one person can propel you into the next steps of your destiny.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also released a statement:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael LoCurto. Mike served honorably and with great skill and integrity as deputy commissioner of Erie County’s Department of Environment and Planning until he could no longer do so due to his illness. An urban planner by training, Mike brought to the position the eye of a highly educated professional, but also the understanding of the public’s needs due to his decade of service on the Buffalo Common Council representing the city’s Delaware District.
Mike was passionate about public service and brought that passion to work every day he served in my administration. However, Mike LoCurto was more than a member of my administration, he was also a friend. While he could be very serious and cared deeply for our community, he had a great sense of humor and could put any person at ease. It is that seriousness mixed with humor that made him the great leader he was for Buffalo and Erie County.
My thoughts and deepest condolences are extended to Mike’s parents, Dennis and Joan, his sister Tina, the rest of his family as well as his many friends. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues in Erie County government and our community is worse off today due to his passing.”