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Riley is again elected City Council president

The City Council, in reorganizing for 2011, has again elected Edward J. Riley as Council president.

Riley, a Democrat from Ward 5, has held the post at least five times and fills in for Mayor Jeff Pond when he is not available.

The Council set meetings for 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the courtroom of the Municipal Center.

The Council also approved a $10,000 budget for the Joint Leasing Commission, which oversees the land-lease payments between the city and Seneca Nation of Indians for parcels on the Allegany Reservation, which lies within the city.

The budget is split, with the city and the tribe each paying $5,000. The commission meets once a year to certify the tax rolls, which this year total $654,073.

The commission was formed after the Senecas and city leaseholders signed 40-year leases in 1990. Through property transfers to Native Americans -- who are exempt from property taxes -- some leases no longer require payment. If all the leases were still in effect, the total amount the Senecas would receive would be $907,434.

Serving on the commission are: President Robert O. Porter and Rovena Abrams for the Senecas; William T. Hunt and Jeffrey Peterson for the city; and local attorney Thomas Rickert, as the fifth appointee. The chairman is paid $2,500 annually, and the secretary-treasurer receives $1,000. Others are paid $150 per meeting.

Also, the Council approved the transfer of $71,000 in the budget to cover unemployment expenses. The city was forced to lay off nearly 50 workers last fall after the Senecas terminated casino revenue payments due to a stalemate with the state.

Also, a renewal contract was approved with American Appraisal Associates of New York City to update the city's fixed assets through March 31 at a fee of $1,025. The last inventory was conducted in 2005.

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