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Library Board suing city again over delayed funds

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Public Library Board is heading back to court against City Hall.

The city was sued by the Library Board last year when it underfunded the library by $1 million. In September, State Supreme Court Justice Vincent E. Doyle ordered the municipality to pay the library the balance of a $2 million appropriation in the 2005 city budget, as well as attorneys' fees.

Library leaders say the city still has not paid all the money it allocated to the library in 2005, or any legal fees related to the lawsuit.

Library Board attorney Edward P. Perlman filed a request for summary judgment with State Supreme Court on Thursday, stating that the city has never paid $93,891 still owed to the library at the end of 2005, or attorneys' fees of $5,670.

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Firefighters, city fail to agree on new contract

LOCKPORT -- A bargaining session Thursday produced no settlement between the city and its firefighters union on a new scheduling and staffing agreement.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said city staffers will hold a strategy session Tuesday before meeting with the Lockport Professional Firefighters Association Thursday.

Tucker said Charles Leonard, a mediator from the state Public Employment Relations Board, will be asked to attend that meeting.

That means the Common Council will be unable to vote on the deal Wednesday, as Tucker had hoped. Union President Thomas Lupo did not return a call seeking comment.

Thursday's session was the first between the sides since Fire Chief Thomas J. Passuite unveiled a plan March 8 to have the city hire five new firefighters in an effort to reduce overtime costs, which approached $400,000 last year.

The new hires would come aboard at a lower salary than currently called for in the union contract.

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Historical Association receives software grant

LEWISTON -- The Historical Association of Lewiston recently has received a grant of $500 from the Niagara Area Foundation for the purchase of software for use at the association's museum.

The program allows the association to catalog artifacts, photographs, books and archives, as well as create a database of members and donors, said Pamela Hauth, executive director.

The Historical Association of Lewiston Museum was established in 1974 to house artifacts of historic and scenic Lewiston.

It is housed in the former St. Paul's Episcopal Church, which was built in 1835 and has historic significance of its own.

The Niagara Area Foundation is a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and is dedicated to providing an option for donors to make long-term gifts that will benefit nonprofit organizations in Niagara County.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community.

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