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Pasceri challenging Green to represent 1st Ward

LOCKPORT -- A political newcomer has announced that she is running for 1st Ward alderwoman.

Richelle J. Pasceri, 30, a registered Republican, announced that she's challenging Alderwoman Phyllis J. Green, the party's endorsed candidate.

Green, who has represented the 2nd Ward on and off since the mid-1980s, is moving to the 1st Ward this year and plans to run there.

The seat currently is held by Thomas F. Grzebinski II, a Republican, who is not seeking re-election.

Pasceri said she majored in political science and American studies at the University at Buffalo and once interned in the office of Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo.

She called for increased efforts to obtain grant money for the city and said she wants "to be part of the revitalization of Lockport."

Pasceri, who works part time at Danny Sheehan's Steak House, tends to her daughter, born last year. Her husband, Nick, owns Niagara Fleetwash.

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City, town must approve sale of infirmary site

LOCKPORT -- The sale of the former Niagara County Infirmary and surrounding land will have to go through Planning Board red tape before the deal can close.

The County Legislature's Administration Committee earlier this week approved the $375,000 sale of 16.5 acres on Davison Road to Christian Academy of Western New York.

But Legislator Harry J. Apolito, a City of Lockport building inspector, pointed out that the deal involves subdividing a parcel of land and needs to be approved by the city and Town of Lockport planning boards.

The city-town border runs through the county property.

The county previously sold two strips of land to nearby homeowners, and Apolito said the planning boards should have been asked to approve those subdivisions, even though they weren't at the time.

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Jail guards, dispatchers ratify 3-year contract

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County's jail guards and Sheriff's Office dispatchers have ratified a new three-year contract, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006.

Deputy Sheriffs Association President Nicholas Converso said the deal was approved in voting Monday. The Buffalo News learned the vote was 77-5 in favor.

County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said the terms were similar to those approved in January by the Civil Service Employees Association: 2.5 percent annual raises, including retroactive raises for 2006, and acceptance of the county's request for a single health insurance provider.

The county granted the approximately 125 workers enhanced sick time buyouts, an increase in the uniform allowance from $100 to $500 a year and an extra paid holiday, Easter Sunday.

The County Legislature's Administration Committee approved the deal Tuesday, and the full Legislature will vote next Tuesday.

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