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Majority Leader Paul A. Tokasz, D-Cheektowaga, and other Assembly members called Thursday on the State Senate to pass a bill sponsored by Tokasz that would renew a contract to provide low-cost electricity to companies in Western New York.

"The Senate amended their bill to allow businesses outside our community to have access to this low-cost power," Tokasz said. "Today I am calling on the State Senate to pass the Assembly version and preserve this power for Western New York's businesses and workers."

A statute providing low-cost power to local businesses is set to expire at the end of 2005. Tokasz contends that failure to pass the measure will result in the loss of access to low-cost power to attract new businesses to the area.

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