>Legislature clerk gets deputy treasurer's post
LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Treasurer David S. Broderick announced Tuesday that he has chosen County Legislature Clerk Michael P. Carney of North Tonawanda as his new deputy treasurer.
The move was disclosed by The Buffalo News Saturday. Carney, who was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for North Tonawanda mayor last year, will start his new job Monday. He is to be replaced at the Legislature by James M. Sobczyk of Pendleton, chairman of the Niagara County Conservative Party.
"I'm excited to bring someone with the experience and background of Mike Carney into the treasurer's office," said Broderick. "He is very familiar with local government finance, having served both city and county government. There will be a very short learning curve for Mike to get up to speed in our office, and considering the amount of work we have, that is very important to me."
The job pays $52,070 a year. Carney replaces Michael E. White, who is taking over as Lockport city treasurer Monday.
>Electronic monitoring sought for accused killer
LOCKPORT -- African-American activists from Buffalo urged Niagara County District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III Tuesday to seek electronic monitoring for a white Niagara Falls man who has confessed to killing a black teenager.
Marc L. Fuller, president of the Stop the Violence Coalition, and Rudolphus Boans Jr., a member, made the request during a one-hour private meeting with Murphy Tuesday.
Murphy said, "I told them it's not an unreasonable request." He told them to write a letter making the ankle bracelet request, and he'd forward it to County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Broderick freed Christopher M. Faieta on $20,000 bail in line with a deal between prosecution and defense lawyers to get him to confess to the Dec. 10 killing of Michael K. Banks, 19, in Faieta's home.
Faieta's attorneys are expected to argue at a trial set for July 5 that he killed Banks in self-defense while under the influence of crack cocaine. Broderick placed Faieta under virtual house arrest, but without monitoring.
Fuller downplayed the racial angle. "We want this guy to get 25 [years] to life [in prison]. We wouldn't care if he's green or purple. This guy needs to get off the street. He's a murderer," Fuller said.
>City loses bid to ease tax on water supply line
LOCKPORT -- Another effort to win property tax relief for the City of Lockport's water supply line from the Niagara River sank Tuesday.
The Niagara County Legislature's Administration Committee voted, 4-3, against a resolution by Legislator Harry J. Apolito, D-Lockport, to have the county forgo its taxes on land above the 13-mile pipe from North Tonawanda to Lockport. Apolito's proposal, which would have cost the county about $62,000 in revenue, suffered the same fate as a similar proposal from Glenn S. Aronow, R-Lockport, which was defeated last fall.
In all, the city paid $230,921 in taxes on the line this year to the various municipalities and school districts along the route. Apolito is not giving up, saying that he intends to seek partial relief instead of a full exemption.