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>Medical Center granted bonding authority

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday granted up to $6.3 million in bonding authority to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to help finance the planned expansion and renovation of its psychiatric units.

The measure, previously approved by the county Industrial Development Agency, allows the medical center to issue bonds that will be the center's debts and whose interest payments will be exempt from federal income taxes for the investors who buy them.

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>City Hall to be closed Friday; no trash pickup

LOCKPORT -- City Hall will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday, City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said.

There will be no garbage collection in the city Friday, so a double pickup will be held Thursday to service those whose normal trash days are Thursday and Friday.

Niagara County offices and courts also will be closed Friday.

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>Legislature awards pacts to rebuild two bridges

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature awarded two contracts Tuesday, totaling more than $1.2 million, to Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls to rebuild two bridges this year.

Yarussi is to be paid $659,614 for the Quaker Road bridge over Fish Creek in Somerset and $544,993 for the Wheeler Road bridge over the east branch of Eighteenmile Creek in Hartland.

Also Tuesday, the Legislature awarded National Fuel Resources of Amherst a $115,536 contract to supply natural gas to county buildings in the Lockport area.

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>Thomason to enter the race for mayor

NIAGARA FALLS -- Former City Councilwoman Candra Thomason has joined the mayoral race in this year's election.

The registered Republican will make a formal announcement at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bada Bean Coffeehouse and Cafe on Main Street.

Thomason, 50, served one term on the City Council but lost a re-election bid last year.

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