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County poised to renew fishing promotion deal

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County is poised to renew its sportfishing promotion agreement with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. for another three years.

The deal, approved this week by the Legislature's Economic Development Committee, continues an arrangement that would have expired Dec. 31.

It calls for a $75,000 fishing promotion budget -- $50,000 from the county and $25,000 from the tourism agency. In addition, the NTCC will provide office space and equipment for fishing program coordinator Bill Hilts Jr., while the county will pay his salary and benefits, totaling about $52,000. The county also will provide a trade show display for Hilts and a van for him to drive to fishing-related events.

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County IDA sets hearings for review of 4 projects

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency announced public hearing dates Thursday for four project applications accepted Wednesday by the IDA's Project Review Committee.

A hearing on tax breaks for a construction training center for Laborers Local 91 at the IDA's industrial park here will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 13 in the IDA office, 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive. A hearing on a 10-year property tax break for a new Motel 6 in Niagara Falls will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 in Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St.

A hearing on a 10-year tax abatement for Ridge Road Express' new driver training center on Junction Road in Lockport will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. And a hearing on First Niagara Bank's request for an exemption from having to pay sales tax of $2.1 million in new computer equipment for its corporate headquarters is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in Pendleton Town Hall, 6570 Campbell Blvd.

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Village Board names Marra deputy mayor

LEWISTON -- The Village Board this week appointed Trustee Michael Marra as deputy mayor. Marra, who has been on the board for three years, said he was looking forward to the job.

Marra follows in the footsteps of Trustees Terry Collesano and William Geiben.

Mayor Richard F. Soluri said the new appointment gives each board member a chance to alternate in the position.

The deputy mayor is responsible for conducting the board meeting when the mayor is absent.

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