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The Niagara County Legislature will vote April 7 on setting up a design contest for a new county seal.

The artist who submits the chosen design will win a $200 cash prize, Legislature Clerk Jeffrey D. Williams said.

If the contest is approved April 7, the deadline for submissions will be June 5, Williams said. All entrants must be Niagara County residents.

The seals must be 8 1/2 inches in diameter, and submitted in matching color and black-and-white renderings.

A committee comprising one legislator of each party, County Historian Dorothy Rolling, and Mary Sharon Murphy, a graphic artist in the county tourism office, will screen the submissions down to five finalists. Williams, County Attorney Edward P. Perlman, and Legislator James W. Ward, R-Newfane, will serve as advisers to that committee.

The five finalists will be submitted to the Legislature's Administration Committee, chaired by Ward. That panel will submit its favorite to the full
Legislature for a vote.

There is no record of the county ever having adopted an official seal; various offices use differing designs.

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