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The Common Council Tuesday approved a city law that allows the Council to select Council members to fill vacancies in elected positions such as Council president or city comptroller.

The action could clear the way for the Council to name Niagara Council Member Joel A. Giambra to the vacant comptroller's job if he can gather enough support on the Council.

In other business, the Council voted to send a proposed settlement between the city and the Environmental Protection Agency to its Finance Committee for further review. The EPA has accused the city of disconnecting anti-pollution devices on 91 police vehicles in 1986.

The settlement calls for the city to pay $2,500 and have police officers help enforce state laws on tampering with pollution-control devices on vehicles.

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