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Salamanca gets $35 million in casino funds

SALAMANCA – The Salamanca City Council on Wednesday learned that the city has received $35 million, its share of casino revenue.

Approximately $6 million of that is expected to go to the Salamanca School District.

Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella said the district has not yet determined how the funds will be used.

The Council voted unanimously to create a new budget line for attorney fees. For some time, outside attorneys have been paid though a budget line entitled judgments and claims. The line is supposed to be used for deductibles on insurance claims and other unforeseen court judgements, according to City Clerk April Vecchiarella.

“Our former city attorney is finishing up some of the cases she was working on when she left,” Mayor Vecchiarella said. “I have been directed by the city comptroller that we should not be using that line to pay for her and for other attorneys when we have labor negotiations.”

The new line, called outside legal, will receive $10,000 in funding from the general contingency budget, Vecchiarella said. The judgments and claims line traditionally has received $5,000 annually.

The Common Council also voted unanimously to set the annual trick-or-treat hours on Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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