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Newest city council member is sworn in

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Lock Haven City Mayor Joel Long swears in Alexander “Alex” Di Costanzo in council chambers at City Hall on Wednesday morning. Di Costanzo was appointed on Monday to take the seat of former member William “Bill” Mincer who resigned in May.

LOCK HAVEN — After being appointed on Monday night, Lock Haven City Council’s newest member has been sworn in.

Mayor Joel Long conducted the swearing in for Alexander “Alex” Di Costanzo in council chambers on Wednesday morning. Di Costanzo replaces William “Bill” Mincer who resigned from his position in May, citing growing responsibilities at his job.

Di Costanzo, a Democrat, is running for a 4-year term on city council in the November election. He is currently running unopposed. If elected to the position in November, he will shift into the 4-year position and the remaining seat will be filled.

Following the swearing in, Di Costanzo said he’s excited to take on his new role.

“I’ve never been involved in local politics before. But I heard there were seats opening up and someone I know on council said I should take a look at running,” Di Costanzo said. “When he mentioned it I said that sounds like a really good idea.”

Di Costanzo, a business owner, operates SA Piper Logistics with his wife and another business partner. They’ve lived in the area since opening the business in 2019.

He noted they’d spent a year in Lock Haven previously when they helped bring Lootcrate to the area.

“I’d like to get more involved in the community. My wife and I really enjoy this smaller town because I’m from New York and she’s lived in California and bigger cities,” Di Costanzo said. “When I drive down the street I see people I know on the street. That to me is what I really like.”

One of Di Costanzo’s main focuses and reasons behind his run, is helping those in the community who need it most.

He explained that his company often hires and works with individuals who are currently on probation.

“What I’ve seen (and) talking to the people involved in this and all their struggles to get back on their feet. That really hit home to me,” he said. “We need these people to have a functioning business and they need help to get back on their feet.”

During the interview process with city council on Monday, Di Costanzo said he’d like to encourage other business to follow SA Piper and help those who need it in the community.

With this being his first step into local government, Di Costanzo said he’s eager to learn and see what more he can offer.

“I’m trying to absorb as much information as I can. I want to learn and I’ve got a lot to learn about city council in general and our town,” he said.

Di Costanzo said he hopes to help with the continued growth in Lock Haven.

“I care very deeply for people and the people of this town. I live here and I want this town to grow and succeed, and as a business owner in town, I want to bring more business here to grow our community and bring more money here,” he said. “That’s what I want to do. We’re here and we’re here to stay.”

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