Law enforcement veteran named new police chief
LEWISTON -- Christopher P. Salada, a longtime Lewiston police officer and current part-time chief of the Village of Youngstown Police Department, will take on the new job as Lewiston's full-time police chief.
Salada was unanimously appointed by both the town and village boards Monday to take on the role as chief.
Salada has served in Lewiston's Police Department since 1990 and in the Youngstown department since 1999. He has been part-time Youngstown chief since 2004.
He will be asked to start immediately, replacing Sgt. Frank J. Previte III, who had been serving as acting chief since Ronald Winkley retired at the end of June after 26 years of service.
"This is no slap to Previte," who also was a candidate. "He is extremely well-qualified, but we were looking for the best fit, and Salada's personality was a better fit for the community of Lewiston," said Town Councilman Ernest Palmer, a Niagara Falls police officer who had been the former part-time chief in Youngstown prior to Salada.
Several board members called this decision the hardest one they ever made.
"We haven't had to do this in over 25 years, and this is the first time we've had to do this as a joint board," Town Supervisor Fred Newlin said.
Mayor Richard F. Soluri agreed.
"We all revered Chief Winkley, and there will never be another Ron, but we looked for the best fit," Soluri said. [Salada's] background will most appeal to the community as a friend to residents."
Renewal agency plows money into streets, computer plan
NIAGARA FALLS -- The Urban Renewal Agency on Monday voted to use $542,000 of its casino money for projects meant to address quality of life in the city.
The agency approved using $500,000 of its casino revenue to repave streets, reconstruct sidewalks and demolish vacant buildings.
The agency's directors also voted to give $42,000 to a proposal by Zion Lutheran Church to purchase a former funeral home on Michigan Avenue and turn it into a community computer lab and resource building. The city's Community Development Department has also designated $50,000 of its federal community development block grant money to the project.
House passes bill to help passport processing
WASHINGTON -- Those long waits for passports may be getting shorter. The House passed a bill Monday to make it easier for the State Department to bring back retired staffers to process them.
The House bill makes slight changes to the Senate version. The Senate could take up the House measure soon, sending it to the president for his signature, said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., sponsor of the Senate version.
Passport applications were expected to approach 18 million this year in the wake of the new law aimed at tightening border controls and blocking those trying to enter the country illegally. About 12 million applications were received last year. The time needed to process applications doubled from the usual six weeks to 12 weeks. It's now down to about 10 weeks.