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Hearing set on revision of AES tax break

SOMERSET -- A public hearing on a revised property tax break plan for the AES Corp. power plant on Lake Road will be held at 5 p.m. today in Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road.

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency will host the hearing on the AES plan, on which the IDA board is expected to vote Feb. 9.

It reduces the total of AES' payments to the town, county and Barker School District from the current $15.8 million to $14.3 million next year and $12.8 million each of the ensuing three years.

The payments are expected to be pegged to the wholesale price of electricity and could be increased or decreased depending on market fluctuations.

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Meckler takes position at Jaeckle Fleischmann

Lawrence M. Meckler, who recently retired as the executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, began a new job Monday as an "of counsel" attorney for the Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel law firm.

Meckler, 58, retired from the NFTA on Dec. 31 after a 34-year career that included a stint as general counsel before assuming the top post in 1996.

Meckler said he expects to specialize in land development, labor relations, human resources and contracts for the firm, as well as lobbying in Washington and Albany.

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Willow Lake residents to air drainage issues

WHEATFIELD -- Residents of Willow Lake and a few other areas will be able to bring their drainage concerns to town officials Thursday.

Supervisor Robert Cliffe has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. in the Community Center at 2800 Church Road during which officials and members of the town drainage committee will discuss drainage improvement plans for 2011.

Drainage issues for Willow Lake will be first on the agenda. At 8 p.m., plans for David Drive, Kenneth Court and Joanne Circle will be discussed.

Following the presentations, Cliffe said residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns.

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Meal on Wheels selling Valentine's chocolate

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Chocolate Valentine Hearts are being sold by North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels.

The Platters' hearts are available in either milk chocolate or orange chocolate, at a cost of $3.75 each. They may be purchased from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays at the Meals on Wheels office, 100 Ridge Road, or at KeyBank in Mid-City Plaza on Payne Avenue.

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Hoyt will participate in online chat Friday

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, will participate in a live and online chat on buffalonews.com at 3 p.m. Friday.

Readers will have the chance to ask questions of the veteran lawmaker, who was first elected to the Assembly in 1992.

His district covers Grand Island and a section of northwest Buffalo.

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