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CHAMBER PLANS 4 LAYOFFS IN EFFORT TO RESTRUCTURE

The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will lay off four employees as part of a major restructuring.

"The bottom line is that to improve the business climate in Niagara County we need to be an organization that focuses on legislative and business advocacy," board Chairman Kelly Brannen said in a news release. "Our actions today reflect an organization both in size and budget dedicated to this mission."

The business group's board appointed David Greenfield, former community relations manager for New York State Electric & Gas Corp., as interim president.

Departing President Robert Newman, who had announced that he would leave in 2005, will be leaving in several weeks after Greenfield takes over, the Chamber said.

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