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Lackawanna and CanFibre have reached an agreement that cuts the fiberboard manufacturer's assessment on its new plant to $11 million from $35 million.

The Canadian owners built a factory on 29.5 of the 55 acres in the North Steelawanna Avenue industrial park.

"We feel it's fair for both parties," said city Treasurer Charles Katra.

Katra said the original assessment reflects estimates of costs on permits that preceded construction and that included the cost of equipment, not taxable as real property.

Full tax payments are years away. The settlement runs for five years, but the financing agreement with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency requires payment of only 20 percent of tax this year and next, 30 percent for each of the following two years and 40 percent in the fifth and final year. If the company expands during the five-year period, taxes will go up.

Taxes for this year and next are: City of Lackawanna, $55,987; Lackawanna School District, $49,785; and Erie County, $9,246.

CanFibre will pay retroactive to Aug. 31.

The IDA issued $87 million in tax-exempt bonds to fund the development, and CanFibre promised 75 full-time jobs, paying $30,000 to $50,000 a year.

UB seeks minority law students

Minority high school juniors and seniors interested in becoming lawyers are invited to a daylong program Feb. 16 sponsored by the University at Buffalo Law School.

The program, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus, will feature a keynote luncheon address by Buffalo City Judge Robert T. Russell.

Lillie Wiley, assistant director of admissions and director of recruitment for the Law School, will give a morning presentation on "Preparing for Law School."

A mock class on "Law and Public Education" will be conducted by UB Law School Professor Wade Newhouse and law student Rashondra Jackson.

There will also be panel discussions, and presentations by student groups, including the Black, Latino and Asian law student associations.

The Feb. 16 program will mark National Minority Law Recruitment Month at UB Law School. Minority students who want to attend are asked to call Wiley at the school.

State grant to aid youthful offenders

A $38,200 state grant aimed at taking steps to prevent troubled youths from returning to criminal behavior has been received by Buffalo and Erie County.

"In light of the recent string of violent acts by young people against young people, I can think of no better time to initiate a program like Code of Conduct," said Mayor Anthony M. Masiello.

Funds from the grant will be used by the Buffalo Police Department and the Erie County Probation Office to work with youngsters from 7 to 15 years old who have been identified as potential repeat offenders.

The program, which will serve 120 youthful offenders annually, starts April 1 in the Police Community Services Center, 635 Elk St.

State of the County address nears

Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra will deliver his first State of the County address Feb. 27, an event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Buffalo in cooperation with the 20 Rotary Clubs throughout the county.

The event will take place in the Buffalo Convention Center beginning at 11 a.m. A video showcase of Erie County events and accomplishments will be first on the agenda, followed by lunch at noon. At 12:45 p.m., Giambra will deliver his speech.

A limited number of reserved tickets, at $25 each, are available. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the Buffalo Rotary Club office at 854-3397.

28 to learn about law enforcement

Twenty-eight juniors and seniors in Buffalo public high schools have been selected to take part in a 14-week course to introduce them to careers in law enforcement. The students will spend three hours each week making field trips and attending presentations by representatives of police and court agencies.

The program, announced Tuesday at City Hall, is coordinated by the state's Office of Children and Family Services.

New Council member sets reception

Masten District residents will have an opportunity to meet Antoine M. Thompson, their new Common Council representative, during a meet-and-greet reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the community room of C District Police Station, 693 E. Ferry Ave.

Thompson, a first-time officeholder, was sworn in Jan. 4. The Democratic Committee appointed him to the Common Council seat after former Masten Council Member Byron W. Brown was elected to the State Senate.

For information, call 851-5145.

Party to raise funds for parade

A fund-raising party to benefit the "original" St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Valley Community Center, South Park Avenue and Elk Street.

It will feature the Celtic band Jackdaw. Tickets will be available at the door and can be bought in advance by calling 823-4707, Ext. 12.

The fund-raiser will benefit the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 17. The parade traces the original 1913 route through the historic streets of the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods of South Buffalo.

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