LOCKPORT – As expected, Lockport Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey on Thursday vetoed the Common Council resolutions that created a full-time assessor position and scrubbed a $30,000-a-year contract with Niagara Falls to use that city’s assessor one day a week.
“I did so because these actions are clearly a step backwards financially and ethically for the City of Lockport,” the mayor wrote. The Council decided to pay the new assessor $68,000 a year and made it clear it wanted McCaffrey to appoint Lena D. Villella, the city’s longtime real property appraiser. She is the sister of Alderwoman Anita Mullane, D-2nd Ward, who abstained on the 4-1 vote Wednesday. The mayor accused the Council majority of “nepotism and fiscal irresponsibility.”
She added, “Isn’t this the type of behavior that gripped City Hall for decades and needs to stop?”
The Council will have an opportunity to override the veto at its next meeting on Feb. 3. As long as the four aldermen who voted for the resolutions don’t change their minds, it will be overridden. McCaffrey urged residents who agree with her to call their aldermen and try to change their minds.