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Auto Bureau will close Thursday, Friday for move

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Auto Bureau will be closed Thursday and Friday as the county moves the Department of Motor Vehicles office to its new location at the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St.

Customers are asked to use the county's two other Auto Bureau locations during the temporary closing, and two staff members will remain at the current location at 750 Portage Road in the Haeberle Plaza to help direct customers.

The North Tonawanda Auto Bureau, 500 Wheatfield St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and the Lockport Auto Bureau, 111 Main St., will remain open until 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Niagara Falls project is a cooperative effort between the Niagara County offices of the clerk, public works and data Processing, the City of Niagara Falls and the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Niagara Falls office will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday and resume regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


Fishing pier at base of power plant reopens

LEWISTON -- The fishing pier at the base of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant has reopened after being closed for the winter, the New York Power Authority has announced.

The pier, open daily from dawn to dusk, is admission-free and handicapped-accessible.

Handicapped parking is available adjacent to the pier, and general parking is available at the top of the hill next to the roadway that provides access to the pier.

The Moses Plant, off Lewiston Road (Route 104) is the main generating facility at the Niagara Power Project.


Reynolds asks residents to share 'AMT nightmares'

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds on Monday stepped up his campaign to seek major revision of the nation's alternative minimum tax by inviting area residents to share their "AMT nightmares" on a new Web site.

For the past several months, the Clarence Republican has campaigned for a permanent solution to a tax that he says is proving more and more onerous to middle-class taxpayers.

"The AMT, or as I call it, the 'stealth tax,' has continued its creep into middle-class taxpayers' pockets this year, and it's time Congress fixes this broken and burdensome tax," Reynolds said during a morning news conference in Amherst.

"I invite Western New Yorkers to tell me about their run-ins with the AMT so all the unneeded heartbreak and hassle can be heard all the way to Washington."

Originally created by Congress to prevent 155 of the nation's wealthiest taxpayers from dodging their fair share, the AMT now hits approximately 3.5 million families.

Reynolds pointed out that because Congress failed to index the tax for inflation, each year the AMT will affect more and more middle-class taxpayers -- possibly 23.4 million families this year.

The congressman invited local taxpayers to comment about the tax on his Web site: www.

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