The City of Lockport is going to lose it's two building inspectors within the next few months, beginning with the retirement of Senior Building Inspector Harry Apolito next month. Mayor Michael Tucker would like to privatize the function, stating that "When Harry leaves, we're in a jam".
In a jam when Harry leaves? What jam is that going to put the city in? No one to read the paper seven hours a day? No one to campaign on city hours? No one to sit upstairs and let the laws of society go unenforced to the point of serious decay of city housing stock? What a joke - get the hell out and let someone who cares about the community do the job.
Of course, there's good ol' Phyllis Green chiming in on the issue. When asked about privatizing the building inspection functions, Green said " I'm totally against it". How the hell is that possible? Look around your ward, it's a shit hole. I would think that Green, if she is serious about addressing blight in her ward (she wants to address blight in her ward after, what, 14 years in office?) she should be willing to try anything to right the ship.
Green stated that she is unhappy with the Building Inspection Department because she believes they are understaffed. You are on the Common Council. If a department is understaffed, you are the person who can increase staffing.
I'm tired of the rhetoric and excuses. Take a proactive position on the blight that has been, and is continuing to occur in the city, or you can get the hell out too.