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USA Chamber approves new president and CEO

The Niagara USA Chamber announced Friday it has hired Deanna Alterio Brennan of Lewiston as its new president and CEO, effective Aug. 1.

Brennan is the associate director of economic development and international trade for the Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College. She holds a bachelor's degree in business commerce from Niagara University and has owned and operated several small businesses.

"We are ready to increase our emphasis with the small business community that is the backbone of the organization," said board of directors Chairman John Benoit. "Deanna is uniquely well-suited for this role. She brings with her a stellar reputation in the Niagara business community."

The board unanimously approved her appointment, and she will replace interim CEO David Greenfield, who will continue to work for the chamber in membership relations and development areas.

Thomas J. Kraus, the former president of the chamber, recently left his post to be president of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce in New Hampshire.

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No trash collection on Independence Day

LOCKPORT -- There will be no garbage collection in the city Wednesday because of the Independence Day holiday, City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney announced.

There will be a double pickup Thursday, serving regular Wednesday customers as well as those whose normal trash day is Thursday.

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Agency to interview 2 possible plant buyers

LOCKPORT -- The city's development agency will hold interviews with two manufacturers who have expressed interest in acquiring Commerce Square, the former Harrison Radiator plant at Walnut and Washburn streets.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Thursday that the board of the Greater Lockport Development Corp. will meet soon with the prospective purchasers, who have not been publicly identified.

One is described as an Erie County business owner, while the other is a Lockport resident who has a partnership with a downstate businessman in a New Jersey factory.

The development board foreclosed on Commerce Square last year after the former owner defaulted on about $1 million in loans from the corporation.

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