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The Lackawanna City Council has overridden the mayor's veto of the pay raise it gave itself.

The $2,500 pay increase is the first in 16 years, but Mayor Kathleen M. Staniszewski objected that it was too large an increase.

The Council Monday voted 5-0 to override the veto. Fourth Ward Councilman Ronald R. Spadone voted "present" but was counted as a yes vote.

The Council president's raise will go into effect Jan. 1 and boost his salary to $16,500. The four ward council members will be paid $13,500, but not until Jan. 1, 2002.

The meeting was the last for Council President Edward D. Tokarz, who after 12 years is believed to be the longest-serving Council president in city history. He was defeated in a re-election bid by Norman Polanski.

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