7/14/2011Posted by MJ
Michael E. Hoffman, former Lockport streets and parks superintendent, is entitled to 90 days’ back pay, lifetime health insurance and a hearing on whether he should get his job back...
...Hoffman’s lawyer, Thomas H. Brandt, argued successfully that the local law the Council passed Feb. 2 erasing Hoffman’s job title from the City Charter didn’t take effect until 90 days after that.
Ottaviano said the key sentence— “This ordinance shall take effect 90 days after its enactment into law” — shouldn’t have been there
He said the format of the charter amendment was cut and pasted on a computer from another law that had the 90-day waiting period. “The sentence at the bottom of the local law was an error,” he said.
Error or not, Brandt told the judge, “When a law says it’s effective 90 days after it’s passed, the parties are bound by that.”...Copy and paste, while being a time saver, can also come back to bite.And can someone please remove lifetime health insurance from the city's benefit package?