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Is North Tonawanda's police headquarters an unsafe, unhealthy place to work? Some officers think so and so does the New York State Department of Labor.

The Labor Department has ordered the city to fix up and clean up the police station located at the north end of City Hall at 216 Payne Ave. Alderman Scott P. Kiedrowski, a member of the Common Council's Police Committee, said after a quick tour of the building that the station needs work and directed City Hall maintenance employees to do what they can to remedy the situation by the end of this month.

At that time, Kiedrowski said he will take another tour. The Fifth Ward Republican alderman said he will confer with City Engineer Dale W. Marshall on more costly repairs that are needed, including crumbling steps to the station's main entrance at Payne and Thompson Street. Repair of the steps could cost as much as $20,000, Kiedrowski said.

The question of conditions at police headquarters arose with a complaint by two police officers, Karen Clontz and Michael DeMart. Police Lt. Randy Szukala also wrote a letter to Kiedrowski outlining problems at the station house.

Among the complaints: dirty floors, loose wiring, broken light fixtures, broken plumbing, loose handrails and stair treads.

Thomas H. Rath, an inspector for the Labor Department, found a number of health and safety violations in police headquarters, and has ordered them corrected.

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