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Globe benefits from rejection of bid for duty-free silicon

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday a Commerce Department ruling against Dow Corning's request to avoid paying duty on imported silicon is good news for a Niagara Falls company.

Dow Corning had asked for a special foreign trade subzone to exempt it from paying a tariff on Chinese and Russian silicon. Two months ago, Schumer wrote to the Commerce Department to oppose that request, asserting that duty-free silicon for Dow Corning would hurt Globe Specialty Metals of Niagara Falls, which recently reopened a silicon plant and employs about 100 people.

The Chinese and Russian silicon is required to be taxed under an anti-dumping law that calls for special U.S. tariffs on imports being sold here below their price in the originating country or below the cost of production. Dow Corning sought to avoid the anti-dumping tariff.

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New judge to hear suit aimed at stopping Somerset Verizon

LOCKPORT -- Arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping Verizon Communications' $4 billion data center in Somerset will be heard today by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III after another judge pulled out of the case.

State Supreme Court Justice Ralph A. Boniello III issued a letter Monday recusing himself from the case. Boniello said he thought he could handle it impartially, but he had informed the attorneys late last week that before he became a judge, he served stints as Niagara County attorney and counsel to the county's Industrial Development Agency, which are defendants in the lawsuit.

Arthur J. Giacalone, attorney for Mary Ann Rizzo of Amherst, the plaintiff in the case, had replied to that notice Monday by asking Boniello to recuse himself. The judge did so. "I prefer to err on the side of caution," Boniello wrote.

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City Hall to close at noon on Thursday for holiday

LOCKPORT -- City Hall will close at noon Thursday for Christmas weekend. It won't reopen until Monday.

City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said garbage collection crews will work only a half-day Thursday. Garbage should be at the curb by 7 a.m.

There will be no garbage collection Friday. Friday customers will have to wait until Monday for service.

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City announces schedule for holiday closings

NIAGARA FALLS -- Because Christmas falls on Saturday, there will be no change in this week's garbage collection schedule in Niagara Falls.

Modern Disposal Services, which collects garbage and recyclables in the city, said material should be placed in alleyways or at curbside by 7 a.m. on the regular collection day.

City Hall will be closed all day Friday. The Human Resources Department said Friday would be observed as a holiday by all city departments except for the police and fire department uniformed services, which are covered by a separate holiday schedule.

The Earl Brydges Public Library building at 1425 Main St. and the LaSalle Branch at 8728 Buffalo Ave. will be closed Friday and Saturday.

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