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Legislation splits wine trail into two parts

NIAGARA FALLS -- Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte announced Friday that Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer has signed legislation splitting the Niagara Wine Trail in two.

The original name will stay with wineries along Routes 18, 425 and 62. The new Niagara Escarpment Wine Trail will run along Route 104 from Niagara Falls to Jeddo and then north on County Line Road to Route 18.

Niagara County has 10 active wineries and at least that many are in development, officials said.

Spitzer also signed another DelMonte-sponsored bill requiring swimming pool retailers to tell buyers that fences at least 4 feet high are mandatory in New York around pools more than 2 feet deep.

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Public hearings set by IDA on tax breaks

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency has scheduled public hearings on tax breaks for two projects here.

Residents will be able to voice their views at 4 p.m. Aug. 8 in City Hall, 216 Payne Ave., on Kissling Interests' request for a 15-year property tax exemption on the former Remington Rand plant, 184 Sweeney St. Kissling plans to convert it into 51 loft spaces, which will combine apartments with work space for young entrepreneurs.

Another IDA hearing is set for 4 p.m. July 31 in City Hall on the request of Ascension Industries for a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes arrangement on its acquisition of the former American Rubber Products plant at 795 Wurlitzer Drive.

It would become Ascension's fourth North Tonawanda location.

The IDA board may act on the projects as soon as its Aug. 16 meeting.

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