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A new three-year wage contract has been negotiated for city firefighters giving them up to $4,500 raises over three years.

The City Council on Wednesday approved the new agreement retroactive to April 1 through March 31, 2007.

Mayor Jeffrey L. Pond, who took part in negotiations, said the workers also will receive other step increases that bring salaries in line with other Southern Tier cities that have professional firefighters.

Currently the city has nine firefighters, two more being trained, and is hiring one more. The additional staff was required to meet growing demand as a result of the new Seneca casino.

In other business, the county hired Ross Peters of Ellicottville as city attorney effective April 25 to Dec. 31. His annual salary will be $37,500.

Peters replaces Jeremiah J. Moriarty III of Franklinville, who resigned to accept a state court appointment. Peters also worked as city attorney several years ago.

Pond said the city is expected to receive word today regarding receipt of around $750,000 from the state as its share of slot machine revenues from the Seneca Allegany Casino.

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