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Low-income people with disabilities living in Lackawanna will be eligible for some property tax relief under legislation given preliminary approval by the City Council Monday night.

The Council directed the city attorney to prepare the necessary legislation that would permit partial tax exemptions for those earning up to $27,900 a year.

Exemptions range from 5 percent to 50 percent depending on income. Senior citizens already receiving exemptions would not be eligible for an additional one.

The Council heard from several First Ward residents on a variety of problems, ranging from poorly paved streets to drug dealing to uncollected garbage.

First Ward Councilman Ricardo Estrada said the city should get out of the paving business and contract the work to private concerns.

Estrada blamed the Lackawanna Housing Authority for uncollected garbage around Dumpsters and said Housing Authority Executive Director Charles Barone has not been cooperative in trying to solve the problem.

Contacted Monday night, Barone said it is the city's responsibility to collect garbage.

"This is political on Estrada's part and an attempt to sabotage the work being done there," he said. "Why doesn't he come around some time and see the good work that's being done?"

Barone was appointed by a board controlled by Mayor Kathleen M. Staniszewski, who faces a tough re-election fight.

After a 20-minute executive session, the Council voted to sell three vacant lots on Willet Avenue for $7,500 each to Lewis Abad, David Beres, and Michael and Melissa Zuchowski.

It rejected an offer of $2,000 from Ali Alabanna for a boarded-up four-unit apartment building at 17 Fowler Ave. and decided to demolish the building instead.

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