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Calling it a milestone year, Tonawanda Town Supervisor Carl J. Calabrese on Friday said 1997 marked both the first concrete step toward hauling nuclear waste away from the waterfront and a time of stability and even prosperity for the industrial sector.

"Entering 1998, the Town of Tonawanda continues to be a first-rate suburb," Calabrese told the Chamber of Commerce in his annual State of the Town address.

Calabrese noted that, after years of battling, the federal government recently agreed to haul the waste away, instead of storing it in the town. Meanwhile, the town's private sector did well, with General Motors continuing to install a production line for the 2.2-liter "world engine."

The supervisor also pointed out the town kept the tax increase to zero yet managed, through such practices as consolidation of departments, to keep services intact.

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