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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

City officials eliminated nine positions this evening from the city's budget in a special meeting of the Lockport Common Council.

In a 4-1 vote, the city's aldermen cut the positions of police department clerk, fire department adminstrative coordinator, treasurer's office clerk, third deputy corporation counsel, and five positions in the city's public works department. Mayor Anne McCaffrey declined to name the people who held the posts.

"It was very difficult," McCaffrey said after the vote. "We respect and value every employee of the city (but) we really felt like we had no choice."

The job cuts will save the city approximately $600,000 annually based on 2013 budget figures.

City officials had held several executive session meetings over the course of the past two weeks. McCaffrey confirmed tonight that the job cuts were the topic of conversation.

The mayor emphasized that the cuts were not performance based but done so as a means to reduce the city's overall budget.

"It puts us another step closer to having a more balanced budget," McCaffrey said.

Alderman John Lombardi was the sole dissenter in the Common Council vote.

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1 comment:

  1. Now would be the time to put a Public Safety Director position in place with the Fire Chief retiring and the Police Chief to that point soon. Would take a charter change but consolidate now!!!
    J R Reid


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