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LAWMAKERS ASK STATE TO EXTEND POWER POOL

The Niagara County Legislature passed a resolution Tuesday urging the Assembly to pass a bill extending the life of "replacement power," a pool of discount electricity from the Niagara Power Project that is sold to local industries. The State Senate has already passed it.

The current law is to expire Dec. 31. Michael A. Casale, the county's deputy commissioner for business development, said companies using the power within a 30-mile radius of the power plant provide 30,000 to 40,000 jobs.

"If they don't get the reallocation of this power, it's going to be too expensive for them to do business here, and we could lose those jobs," said Legislator Clyde L. Burmaster, R- Ransomville.

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