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Nonresidents allowed to take police exam

LOCKPORT -- Noncity residents will be allowed to take the upcoming civil service examination for police officer, Police Board President John T. Pitrello said Monday.

Pitrello said the city Civil Service Commission has approved the change in qualifications. Previously, applicants for the police exam had to have lived in the city for at least a year, Pitrello said. Now, they merely have to move into the city within six months after being hired.

The deadline to apply for the exam is Nov. 3, and the test will be given Dec. 3.

Police Board member James P. Gugliuzza said efforts will be made through minority churches to recruit African-American applicants. Lockport has never had a black police officer. Starting pay is $39,791 a year.

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Panel OKs plan for Mercy Flight landing site

LOCKPORT -- A plan to allow Mercy Flight to land on county property on Davison Road was approved Monday by the Niagara County Legislature's Public Works Committee.

Allowing landing in a parking lot at the vacant Switzer Building was approved with one dissenting vote. Legislator John Syracuse, R-Newfane, voted no because the county's risk and insurance director, Jennifer R. Pitarresi, hasn't cleared the move.

Legislator Harry J. Apolito, D-Lockport, said Mercy Flight needs a place to land in Lockport because redevelopment work on Richmond Avenue has taken away access to its landing spot there. He said Mercy Flight already has a $20 million insurance policy covering landings anywhere in Niagara County.

However, the agreement still needs to pass another committee and the full Legislature, a process that will probably take another three weeks.

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Meeting of NCCC board, Legislature is canceled

LOCKPORT -- A meeting between the Niagara County Legislature and the Niagara County Community College board of trustees was canceled Tuesday.

"There's a problem with attendance by the board of trustees," said Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, who also serves on the NCCC board. "We're down to about three (out of 10) attending and of course, we can't accomplish what I was looking to accomplish, the discussion of problem areas and ways to solve them, with those numbers."

"Bill and I are going to meet to come up with some new dates," said Marvin Maziarz, chairman of the trustees. "There's always value in holding a meeting."

Ross said he'll try to reschedule the session for sometime in October. The meeting was expected to focus on legislators' complaints against NCCC President James P. Klyczek.

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Neighborhood meeting delayed a day by mayor

NIAGARA FALLS -- Mayor Vince Anello has delayed the first "In Your Neighborhood" meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. today in the Niagara Community Center at 15th Street and Centre Avenue.

The meeting will instead be held at the same time and location on Thursday. The series invites residents from the community to hold a dialogue with the mayor about issues they feel are important.

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