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WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency voted Wednesday to transfer the seven years left on a property tax break for a renal dialysis clinic in the Woodlands Corporate Center off Shawnee Road in Wheatfield.Calamar, the original developer, has sold the building to Riester Clarksville USA of Brentwood, Tenn., for $2.15 million, according to IDA document…

PORTER – A section of the Robert Moses Parkway near Four Mile Creek State Park will be closed for about the next four weeks because of bridge maintenance work.The section that’s closed is between State Route 18 and the entrance to Four Mile Creek State Park, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. A detour will be posted.The work will be delayed by any …

LOCKPORT – The Bonadio Group of Pittsford is to receive a new contract to continue auditing providers of Medicaid services in Niagara County, looking for fraud.Two County Legislature committees approved the contract renewal this week for Bonadio, an auditing firm that has handled the job since the county joined a state Medicaid fraud demonstration project in 2009. No other…

LOCKPORT – The Common Council began its work on the 2014 city budget in a closed session Wednesday, with no data released.Mayor Michael W. Tucker said the budget materials contain sensitive information regarding positions and union contract provisions, which are currently under negotiation. All five city unions are working under terms of expired contracts.Deputy Corporatio…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A five-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to Women and Children’s Hospital after he was bitten by an aggressive 85-pound pit bull/labrador retriever mix named Buttercup at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in an apartment building in the 6500 block of Dysinger Road.The boy’s grandmother, Louise Daugherty, 41, said she was with her grandson, Randall Pietkiewicz when h…

NIAGARA FALLS – State Parks Police and North Tonawanda Police continued to search areas above the falls this morning for Douglas Vaillancourt of North Tonawanda, 23, after he was reported missing around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Niagara River.Details of the search are preliminary and police would not confirm whether he was suspected of going into the water.

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board voted Wednesday to grant the new owners of a Niagara Falls power plant a tax break on a $3 million warehouse they plan to erect to store their wood fuel.The IDA last month allowed Sterling Energy Group of Gary, Ind., which recently purchased the Niagara Generation plant on Frontier Avenue, to assume the 14…

HARTLAND – The Neighborhood Watch block club in Hartland, Gasport and Middleport will hold a National Night Out event from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Hartland Fire Company hall on Ridge Road. James Solomon, who founded the group, said there will be children’s activities, safety identification information and live music.

NORTH TONAWANDA – The city’s rich heritage as an industrial hub is on display in the North Tonawanda’s History Museum’s industrial and business exhibit, 54 Webster St.The exhibit focuses on Erie Avenue, Walck Road and Zimmerman Street businesses. Part of the display features Durez and the plastic it was known for making before many people even knew what plastic was.The dis…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Brooklyn company has withdrawn its proposal to turn an apartment building at Pine Avenue and Eighth Street into a 140-room boardinghouse. A representative of Tzemach Tzedek C LLC called the city’s Code Enforcement Department on Tuesday to withdraw its application for zoning variances and a special-use permit, said Dennis Virtuoso, the department’s directo…

WHEATFIELD – The Republicans who enlisted the aid of Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nicholas J. Forster to try to win offices in Wheatfield took it on the chin Tuesday.Primary voters in both major parties rejected the Town Board ticket of Karen McKernan and Michael E. Kislack, while Thomas J. Larson, a Republican who was granted the Democratic nomination for supervisor…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A two-term city lawmaker at the center of a political firestorm involving an anonymous campaign flier that attacked a downtown developer lost his bid Tuesday for a major party line in November.Incumbent Samuel F. Fruscione received the fewest votes in a four-way race for three spots on the Democratic line in the general election for City Council, according …

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LOCKPORT – The Steven L. Reiter era in Lewiston Town Hall will end Dec. 31, as the embattled supervisor was soundly defeated by Councilman Ernest C. Palmer in a Republican primary Tuesday.Palmer's win over Reiter, who has said he is under criminal investigation by the state Attorney General's Office for alleged misuse of town gasoline in personal vehicles during his tenure…

LOCKPORT – The new building at Yahoo’s Lockport data center will be constructed to be able to accommodate more than 300 employees, the facility’s manager told the Town of Lockport Planning Board on Tuesday.That’s far more than the 115 new jobs the Internet company promised when it obtained its second package of tax breaks and low-cost power in April.The capacity of the new…

The Aquarium of Niagara is getting $1.75 million in funding for its $5 million renovation project from the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board.The funding, which comes from money raised through the sale of unallocated hydropower generated at the Niagara Power Project, will help finance the construction of a new exhibit at the aquarium, which is launching a six…