State of Emergency Declared; City Clerk to Offer Limited Hours/Services

Mayor Michelle Roman has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Lockport, N.Y., effective at 4 p.m. March 17, 2020.

The State of Emergency has been declared to allow the city to respond effectively to the outbreak of COVID-19, a virus that threatens the public safety of the citizens of the City of Lockport.

This State of Emergency will remain in effect until March 31, 2020, at which time it may be extended by the Mayor.

As mayor of the City of Lockport, Mayor Roman has exercised this authority granted to her under New York State Executive Law Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety, and hereby render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being and health of Lockport’s citizens.

In addition, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also announced an executive order to reduce staffing in the city’s offices by 50 percent through April 1. As a result, city hall will be closed to the public, though someone will be in the office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closing for lunch) to answer calls and emails. The depository will also remain available from outside the building (by the Main Street parking lot access) to drop off correspondence, payments, applications or other business with the city clerk’s office. Hours will be reduced for all city clerk staff members, with full-time staff reduced to 2 1/2 days each work week.

Due to the closure of City Hall, the public will also not be allowed to attend the Common Council meeting on Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be available through live streaming on the city website and directly through www.lctv.net. Following the March 18 meeting, all additional city meetings will be canceled through March 31.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 716.439.6776.