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>Negotiations under way with Lockport Cave owner

LOCKPORT -- The city's development agency is bargaining with Lockport Cave owner Thomas Callahan, who is interested in acquiring a vacant building at the east end of Canal Street.

But Mayor Michael W. Tucker said late last week that Callahan hasn't told the Greater Lockport Development Corp. what his plans are for 79-81 Canal St. "He's going to have to give us some type of narrative," Tucker said. Callahan could not be reached to comment.

"There were some lookers for the other two [Canal Street] buildings, but no firm offers," Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said. He said the development corporation board instructed the real estate agent seeking tenants for the properties to keep bargaining.

The board also heard a proposal from a company that once had space in the city-controlled Harrison Place complex and wants to return, but there was no vote. Tucker said the city would pay for a "build-out" to accommodate the company.

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>Bianchi and Kane named to key leadership roles

BATAVIA -- Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. will have two longtime associates in key leadership roles.

Ralph D. Bianchi, Monroe County's representative on the 17-member board, for the past eight years, is the new chairman. He succeeds Genesee County's Richard E. Siebert, who declined to seek a second term.

Richard D. Kane, vice president of operations and racing, is the new president and chief operating officer. On March 1, he succeeds Martin C. Basinait who is retiring after leading WROTB for many years.

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>10th Street reconstruction will close off intersection

NIAGARA FALLS -- The intersection of 10th Street and Niagara Street will be closed from Monday through Saturdaybecause of reconstruction on 10th Street, according to the city Engineering Department.

The closing will affect 10th Street between Niagara Street and Ferry Avenue. The Engineering Department said the Saturday reopening date could be changed, depending on the construction schedule.

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>Town of Aurora, state agree on park maintenance plan

Cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts can continue to enjoy the winter wonder of the 633-acre Knox Farm State Park in Aurora.

The town and state reached agreement last week on a basic maintenance arrangement, including plowing to keep the park's main entrance and exit open and the parking lot plowed.

The state officially closed the park at the end of last year, amid a fiscal crisis, but has allowed the public to use the park for walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Aurora Supervisor Jolene M. Jeffe said the town will handle daily plowing, sharing responsibility with the village, through April 30. Proper insurance coverage is in place, she added.