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March 6, 2014

A new start

McCaffrey ceremonially takes mayoral oath, cites vision of stability and prosperity for city

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The 57th mayor in the City of Lockport’s history is vowing to restore the city’s finances as well as the citizenry’s faith in One Locks Plaza. 

That’s what Anne E. McCaffrey said Wednesday night as she formally took the oath of office before roughly 200 spectators at the Historic Palace Theatre.

“Some of you may even have doubts about our government,” McCaffrey said during an inaugural address that lasted just under five minutes. “We intend to show you, not merely by words but by action, that there is a reason to believe in your city again.”

Surrounded by her family, McCaffrey, 46, was sworn-in by City Judge William J. Watson during a ceremonial meeting of the Common Council. McCaffrey, as the former Council president, rose to the city’s top post last month when Michael W. Tucker resigned Feb. 21.

Greeting McCaffrey is a host of challenges, including another audit by the state Comptroller’s Office a year after the city was deemed “fiscally stressed.” An alleged misuse of Tucker’s city credit card by Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke is currently being investigated. There’s an incredibly tight budget, an excessive amount of potholes on city streets and four unions working without a contract.

On the job for less than two weeks, McCaffrey, a Republican, hit the ground running.

She ordered both city credit cards cut up and replaced with closely monitored purchase cards. She also asked the Council to put up for auction the mayoral vehicle, a 2009 Dodge Charger known by its license plate number of LP1. The Council did that Wednesday night during the formal business portion of the evening.

“We are faced with a budget crisis and your faith in your hometown’s government has been tested,” McCaffrey said. “I will make resolving that problem and restoring your faith my administration’s top priority.”

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