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LOCKPORT -- A power failure of unknown origin at City Hall on Wednesday resulted in the Common Council meeting being moved to the Youth and Recreation Department building at Altro Park.

Mayor Thomas C. Sullivan said the lights went out about 2:30 p.m. By 4:15, workers from Ferguson Electric Construction Co. of Niagara Falls were at the building to make emergency repairs.

The lights were back on by meeting time, but Sullivan said it would have taken two hours to heat the building. City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said he was told the restoration of electricity was "tentative."

He also said that after power was restored, the telephone system broke down.

It was the first formal Council meeting held away from City Hall since Mayor Kenneth D. Swan's 1998 inauguration at the Lockport Senior Citizens Center.

Murphy names new assistant DA

LOCKPORT -- Susan B. Bjornholm of Niagara Falls was appointed a Niagara County assistant district attorney this week, District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III announced.

He said Bjornholm will be assigned to the Special Victims Unit to work primarily on sex crimes and domestic violence cases. Her salary will be $36,196 a year.

Bjornholm earned her law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1999. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining the district attorney's staff, Bjornholm was an associate in the Lockport law firm of Earl, DeLange, May, Seaman, Jones and Hogan.

Falls Council shifts session to March 6

NIAGARA FALLS -- The City Council has rescheduled its next meeting for March 6 and set public hearings on the naming of two streets for that date.

The Council changed the regularly scheduled meeting, which was to be held March 12, to March 6 because three members will be out of town on the 12th.

The March 6 session of the Committee of the Whole will begin at 4 p.m. The legislative meeting will begin at 7 p.m. At that time, the Council will hold public hearings on naming the main entrance to the City Market at 18th Street "Via Tommy Tedesco" and changing the name of 15th Street between Centre and Beech avenues to "Aaron Griffin Way."

Tedesco, a native of Niagara Falls, was a well-known Hollywood recording guitarist who always made the City Market one of his first stops on visits home, according to friends. Griffin was a founder and first executive director of the Niagara Community Centre & Girls Club, which is located on that stretch of 15th Street. There are no other businesses or residents on the street that would be affected by the name change.

Business people on East Market Street two weeks ago opposed the original proposal to rename that stretch in honor of Tedesco because of the expense involved in changing their addresses on all of their paperwork and the confusion it would cause for customers and suppliers.

Medina nurses ratify first contract

MEDINA -- Registered nurses at Medina Memorial Hospital ratified a new contract Wednesday by a 46-11 vote.

The nurses joined the United Professional Nurses Association in December 1999, and this was their first contract. The hospital board is expected to vote on the four-year pact Monday.

The deal increases the amount the hospital will spend on wages by about 12 percent over the life of the contract. Individual wages are varied because the 74 nurses were earning 41 different salaries.

They were shoehorned into a salary scale for the first time. Some veteran nurses will be paid bonuses to keep from losing money, because they were earning more than the top step of the pay scale.

Starpoint sets public session on budget

PENDLETON -- Starpoint Central Schools will hold a community budget meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room, 4363 Mapleton Road. The entire Starpoint community is encouraged to attend.

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