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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
By +Scott Leffler

Mayor Anne McCaffrey's veto of a pair of Common Council resolutions passed on Jan. 20 will officially be delivered to the Council on Wednesday as part of the governing body's weekly agenda. Also on the agenda is a resolution to over-ride that veto.

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey discusses the city assessor's
position in a pre-recorded "On the Record" interview to air at 8 p.m.
on East Niagara Radio. (SCOTT LEFFLER / ENP STAFF)
McCaffrey stated in a letter to the press on Jan. 21 that the Council's resolutions -- resolutions 01 2016.6 and 012016.8 -- are "a step backwards financially and ethically." She went on to explain that the combined measures would cost the city "in excess of $77,000 which includes pension and health care costs."

Alderman at Large Joe O'Shaughnessy stated in a subsequent letter that the measures would actually save the city money. He further explained a week ago on East Niagara Radio's "On the Record" that the Council plan would save the city approximately $12,000 by combining the to-be assessor's position with that of the real property appraiser and nixing the contract with Niagara Falls to cover the role of city assessor.

McCaffrey, in a pre-recorded interview to air on East Niagara Radio's "On the Record" at 8 p.m. said the Common Council does not have the ability to combine the position of assessor and appraiser. "They cannot merge positions. It's Civil Service law."

The Council is slated to hold a work session on the matter this afternoon, but that meeting was called into question last week by Common Council President David Wohleben. As of Monday afternoon, the status of that meeting was unknown, although at least three aldermen said it would take place as planned at 4:45 p.m. in room M24 of City Hall.

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