Even door locks can be political in Troy
City Clerk Bill McInerney said on Wednesday that it didn't matter whether a new, digital combination lock on the door to his office had been replaced in the current, soon-to-be-demolished City Hall because the door, along with several others used by city government, would be moving with city employees when they eventually make the transition into the Verizon building on Sixth Avenue.
On Black Friday, Mayor Harry Tutunjian had questioned why the lock had been installed on the door to the City Clerk's office in the building when, according to information he'd received, the original lock had not been broken.
Tutunjian was under the impression that the lock cost $900, based on a copy an estimate from a local locksmith who had examined the mechanism, and criticised the council for spending money to purchase new office supplies only days after they shifted funds in the 2009 budget from city departments into the city's contingency fund in an effort to save taxpayers money.
Further information on Tutunjian's criticism of the purchase can be found here.
According to Campana and McInerney, the lock had only cost $400 and was needed because the original indeed had been broken and it was necessary to protect the vital documents stored within the office.
McInerney also noted that final installation of the lock was done by Greg Mangione, the owner of Magione Mobile Locksmith.