LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Eleven days after Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker announced his resignation, a new face is taking charge in the city.
Wednesday night, Ann McCaffrey took the oath of office before a packed house at the historic Palace Theatre.
“No mayor in recent history has started their term under these extraordinary circumstances,” she said.
With about 200 residents looking on, McCaffery was sworn in as Lockport’s 57th mayor. She came into office after the sudden resignation of Michael Tucker, who says he’s searching for a job in the private sector.
McCaffery is a mother of three with a career in mental health. She was the City Council President and in her first days as mayor she’s handed in the keys to the mayoral car.
“Given the budget situation that we’re facing, I feel like it’s an unnecessary expense so I’ve decided to auction that off and put the money back into the city budget. In addition, I’ve decided to eliminate and cut up the city credit cards,” she said.
There is still an investigation into why the city’s youth director charged over $9,000 on the mayoral credit card for a golf tournament.
McCaffrey said, “I’m going to wait until the investigation comes back on that and then we’ll make a determination on that but I feel like it’s best for the city not to have those.”
Tucker told News 4 the results of that investigation should be known in a few weeks, and that his resignation had nothing to do with his job search.
Some residents, like Donna Santarsiero, are happy about the changing of the guard.
“It says that she’s aware of the problems that exist and she’s doing her best to try to fix them,” she said.
But others are skeptical.
Shirley Nicholas said, “Time will tell. You know where were they two years ago, everybody, he’d say jump and they all said how high. I give her a chance but my hopes aren’t that great.”
Wednesday night, McCaffrey said she’s open to suggestions.
“We will work together because answers don’t always come from the top down but rather from listening to all of our stakeholders, and that includes every one of you,” she said.