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Former sewer attorney loses appeal over claim

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled Friday that former Niagara County Sewer District Attorney Robert J. Roberson is not entitled to more than $17,000 he claimed the district owed him when he was removed as its lawyer in January 2006.

In a unanimous ruling, the five-judge Rochester-based appeals panel also said State Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso was right when he ruled in November 2008 that the sewer district is merely an administrative unit of county government, not an independent entity.

The six town supervisors who have traditionally run the sewer district voted to pay Roberson $17,751 for work he did before his removal, but the county auditor's office refused to issue the check.
This is the second lawsuit Roberson has lost over that issue.


Recount set for Monday in village trustee race

WILSON -- Ballots in Tuesday's village trustee election will be recounted at 1 p.m. Monday in the Niagara County Board of Elections offices, officials said Friday.

Keith Douglas, the Republican who lost to Bernard Leiker, a Democrat, requested the recount.

Tuesday's count showed Leiker won, 142-132, but election officials had deemed 24 ballots invalid because of mismarkings or blank spaces. Nancy Smith, Democratic election commissioner, said all ballots would be re-examined.

"The candidates may attend Monday or have representatives attend to observe," she said, adding that elections officials would complete the recount by the close of the business day at its offices at 111 Main St., Lockport.

The trustee race was the sole contest Tuesday in Wilson and drew nearly five times the usual turnout for an election, according to local officials.

Election officers recorded 298 votes cast that day.

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