A former Lockport city administrator who was let go just 18 days before he qualified for lifelong health benefits won a victory in court on Wednesday.
A state supreme court justice said the city owes former superintendent of streets Michael Hoffman about three months worth of back pay after his position was consolidated.
The city council voted to eliminate the position on Feb.2 and he was taken off the city's payroll two days later, but a piece of the law says it would take 90 days to go into effect.
Hoffman has also said the elimination was retribution from mayor Michael Tucker, with whom he's had disagreements in the past. That claim will he heard in a later hearing.
The city has 30 days to appeal the decision.