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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
FILE PHOTO BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER - City workers lay down some "cold
patch" on Main Street on Feb. 12. Mayor Anne McCaffrey wants to fix city streets
sooner rather than later.
Lockport's new mayor, Anne McCaffrey, doesn't want to wait long to fill the holes in city government — or city streets.

Monday — McCaffrey's first day on the job — McCaffrey filled the position of Common Council president, giving the post to longtime Alderman at Large Joe Kibler. The post became vacant when she was promoted from council president herself to mayor.

Also vacated was her 2nd Ward alderman's seat, which McCaffrey says she hopes to fill that post by the next council meeting, March 5 — at which time the city will have a ceremonial swearing in for McCaffrey as well.

Mayor McCaffrey said she will accept résumés until Friday at her office from anyone interested in succeeding her in the 2nd Ward seat. Applicants are required to live in the ward. They must also be of the same political affiliation as McCaffrey: Republican.

Next up for the new mayor to fill? Potholes.

Getting from any point A to any point B in the city of Lockport involves avoiding potholes. McCaffrey aims to make pothole avoidance easier sooner rather than later. She said the city is looking into whether it can get pothole-filling "hot patch" earlier than usual. City streets crews have been out almost daily filling holes with "cold patch," but the holes don't stay filled long.

Filling the holes sooner than later would likely cost the city extra, McCaffrey said, but costs aren't known yet.

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