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The City of Niagara Falls has been ordered to pay more than $150,000 in vacation buybacks to 111 city workers who have demanded the money in lieu of vacation time they did not use.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Mintz issued the order Monday in a brief court session during which Deputy City Attorney Richard J. Rotella offered little or no objection.

"It's a contractual obligation that has to be satisfied," Rotella said after the Mintz ruling.

The suit was filed on behalf of the workers by three members of the United Steelworkers of America, who had represented the city workers during contract negotiations.

According to Rotella, there has been "no amount appropriated to cover" the buybacks.

As a result, he said, the city administration refused to make the payments. Rotella said the City Council will have to find the money to make the payments.

William E. Grande, attorney for the Steelworkers, said that a judgment will be entered against the city "and they will be ordered to pay."

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