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>New board formed for power applications

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Legislature Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster last week chose the five members of the board that will consider private-sector applications for chunks of the county's electricity from Niagara Power Project relicensing.

The board of Empower Niagara, as the power distribution agency will be known, includes Legislature Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport, and Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls; Economic Development Commissioner Samuel M. Ferraro; Fluent Energy consultant David Koplas of Fluent Energy; and Dennis Elsenbeck, a vice president of National Grid.

The Legislature will have the final say on the board's recommendations. The county is marketing its nine megawatts of power to new or expanding companies.


>Petitions challenged in Falls, Newfane races

LOCKPORT -- Three more challenges to candidates in Niagara Falls races were filed Monday at the Niagara County Board of Elections.
Supporters of mayoral hopeful Paul A. Dyster are trying to boot rival Norton J. Douglas off the ballot by contesting 330 of the signatures on his Democratic nominating petition. Douglas filed 1,077 signatures and the minimum required for a citywide Democratic race is 791, so if all the challenges are upheld, the Douglas campaign will be over.
Niagara Falls Democratic Chairman Michael W. Rimmen continued his challenges to unendorsed Democrats with specifications against City Council hopeful Walter F. Kendzia, who filed 1,064 signatures. Rimmen challenged almost 300 of them, which, if upheld by the Board of Elections, would drop him below the 791 threshold.
County Legislator Rebecca E. Cuddahee, who is running for District 1 coroner in Niagara Falls against incumbent James M. Joyce, will have to withstand a challenge from Rimmen of 316 of her 1,024 Democratic signatures to stay in the primary, although she has the Republican line for November.
Also Monday, Newfane Republican Nancy Riccio filed challenges against the Independence Party petitions of town justice candidate Victor E. Couturier and the Republican petitions of Town Board contender Richard Hickman.

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