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Lawmaker to revise hiring preference proposal

With some of his colleagues raising objections, Niagara County Legislator Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport, said this week he will revise his proposal to require the county to obtain professional services from local businesses whenever possible.

The proposal would create a preference for hiring firms from Niagara County or any county bordering Niagara and require the county manager to compile lists of such companies and inform them whenever the county has a contract to offer.

"I don't think the county manager has to baby-sit these business entities," said Legislator Renae Kimble, D-Niagara Falls.

Legislator Harry J. Apolito, D-Lockport, said the county has to watch for price gouging.

"This resolution does not require the county manager to retain firms that don't compete on price," said Updegrove. He said he will push for a vote at the April 11 meeting of the Administration Committee.

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