If you live in Lackawanna, you probably notice that the roads are not in the best of shape. This could be because for over 40 years trucks have traveled down the city roads making deliveries to Sorrento’s manufacturing plant.
Lackawanna Mayor Norman Polanski tried to combat this by putting a 5-ton weight limit on all city streets except the Hamburg Turnpike and Abbott Road. This means that any truck using these roads – to cut through Lackawanna to go to Sorrento Lactalis or any other business – will receive a ticket.
This would decrease the stress put on the Lackawanna roads but would also cause trucks to make timely detours, ultimately increasing the cost of shipping.
William Senay, Sorrento’s plant manager, argues that Polanski’s actions are illegal. He claims that Polanski made a political move to motivate New York State towards providing additional funding for road repair. Polanski did not even hold a public hearing on the matter. Attorneys for Sorrento Lactalis are now taking the matter before the State Supreme Court.
Senay said in a statement, “While we hoped the Mayor and the Council would withdraw this ordinance, their illegal actions left us no choice but to pursue a remedy in the State Supreme Court. The Court has granted Sorrento a temporary stay stopping enforcement of the ordinance and scheduled a hearing on our petition for August 6, 2009. As this is now a legal matter we will not have any further comment.”