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Power Authority quizzed on dividing electricity

The Niagara Power Coalition had more questions than answers Monday on how it will purchase and sell 25 megawatts of low-cost electricity, set to arrive in 2007 under the New York Power Authority's relicensing settlement for the Lewiston Power Project.

Officials from Niagara County, the City of Niagara Falls, the Town of Niagara and the school districts of Lewiston-Porter, Niagara Falls and Niagara-Wheatfield questioned a power authority attorney on how the electricity can be divided.

Municipalities envision using it for residents, public buildings and economic development.

Niagara County could form the sole municipal distribution agency, or each municipality could form its own agency.

Acting city judge resigns without explanation

LOCKPORT -- Acting City Judge David R. Wendt resigned from his part-time office last week, but he didn't say why, according to Justice Sharon S. Townsend, administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District.

Townsend said Monday that she received a letter of resignation from Wendt that was effective last Tuesday but no reason was given. Wendt did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

The post is a mayoral appointment that carries a six-year term and a salary of $13,600 a year. The salary is paid by the state, and a recent state law reduces the pay to $5,800 as of Jan. 1. Wendt, who also has a private practice, was handling primarily traffic and small claims cases.

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