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MASIELLO SEEKS APPROVAL OF CAPITAL BUDGET

Mayor Anthony M. Masiello is asking the Common Council and state control board to approve a capital budget that includes nearly $16 million in new projects.

Masiello's plan made few changes to a capital budget recommended by the city's Citizens Planning Council. Included in a proposed $27.5 million bond sale next year are funds to build new firehouses, buy new fire equipment and make repairs in many schools.

The mayor's capital budget would also earmark $3.4 million for emergency repairs to the exterior of City Hall and $1.5 million for improvements in neighborhoods around the Peace Bridge.

Officials said the only major changes Masiello made to the recommendations from the citizens' panel involve the elimination of $500,000 for bridge and viaduct projects, and the addition of $750,000 for improvements in city buildings. The mayor's budget also provides more funding for firehouse construction than the panel's recommendation.

The capital budget would also rescind millions of dollars in unissued debt for projects that are not likely to begin in the foreseeable future.

The Common Council plans to review Masiello's capital recommendations later this month.

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