July 16, 2007

Lockport Building Inspection

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.

9 comments:

Sweaterman said...
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Sweaterman said...

Just out of curiousity...isn't she running again.....but in another ward?? Running for self preservation....Sounds like a local Hillary.

Cracker Jack said...

Has Phyllis Green taken a walk through her Ward lately? Has Phyllis Green done on a listening tour in the Ward she is seeking to represent? If not - maybe she should! Then she will see that our housing stock is crumbling right before our very eyes and nobody is doing anything about. The last thing we need are more civil service employees like Harry Apolito who will stand idle and completely fail in their job, but collect a city (and county) paycheck because they are protected. We need results. We need results now. I support this new idea to privatize the building inspection department. Hell if the private inspectors don't get results, we can fire them. But if we hire another set of civil service employees, they will still be there 25 years now and the City will look worse than it is now.

Scott Leffler said...

The building inspection department would have a lot more time if we didn't need a permit for every lightbulb we change ... and if Phyllis were actually around, she might hold more credibility ... but I'm sure her ward looks great from Myrtle Beach.

Pete said...

I think you're being a little harsh on Mrs. Green. She's been a faithful servant to the public for many years. I agree that more should be done to address in certain areas of the city, but she is just one person, she can't do it alone.

Scott Leffler said...

Phyllis is a very nice woman. But aside from refurbishing Willow (Altro) Park, what has she accomplished in 14 years?

Larry S said...

Pete, no family members may ome to the defense of Phyllis.

Mr. Pink said...

Maybe they are too busy banning firepits and doing other important work to worry about housing inspections.

Seriously, if local government officials spent more time dealing with issues that fell under the auspices of their office and which they could actually influence, we'd all be better off.

Take the County Leg....hey, enough moronic memorializing resolutions telling the state what you think...trust me they don't care.

But cleaning up the scandals at the water and sewer departments....why waste your time on something like that.

Cardinal said...

Speaking of scandals at the Sewer District, I must commend Clyde Burmaster and other members of the County Legislature who stood up and voted against a proposed raise for the Director of the Sewer District. The Buffalo News published a story on Tuesday where the Director is asking for a $1000 RAISE per month (being bumped up to $6500 per month) for doing the same job which he retired from over 4 years ago. Isn't this guy already receiving a very healthy pension and other related benefits from us, the county taxpayers? This guy has been riding the gravy train for too long and I am glad to see some people finally slowed it down. Something really stinks here and it must be disposed of immediately.