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South Transit Street opens after sinkhole incident

LOCKPORT -- All four lanes of South Transit Street reopened to traffic Wednesday, 22 days after a sinkhole caused by a sewer cave-in forced the closing of the road.

Norman D. Allen, city director of engineering and public works, said repairs to the sewer line, a water line that was above it and the street will cost about $400,000.

"We still need to do landscaping, sidewalks, and [New York State Electric & Gas] wants to replace a gas line under the sidewalk," Allen said.

Two lanes of the street had reopened June 13.



Alderman changes course, will run for Legislature

LOCKPORT -- Alderman Andrew D. Chapman said Tuesday he is running for Niagara County legislator this fall instead of alderman at large.

Chapman, R-4th Ward, will be challenging incumbent GOP Legislator W. Keith McNall in the redrawn 13th District, which covers most of the City of Lockport. He dropped the idea of running against Alderman at Large Joseph C. Kibler, another fellow Republican.

Chapman said he is seeking the Democratic endorsement in addition to challenging McNall in a Republican primary.

"I would be able to be a city advocate at the county," Chapman said. "There is a huge disconnect between the county and the city without any doubt."



Planning group honors Dyster for leadership

NIAGARA FALLS -- Mayor Paul A. Dyster was honored Wednesday with a leadership award from a national planning organization.

Dyster, at an awards dinner in Buffalo, was presented the American Planning Association's "Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official" award.

Dyster was cited by the organization for the implementation of the city's strategic plan and multimodal transportation plan.

"Mayor Dyster has managed to find funding and create partnerships and have something actually be implemented from those plans," said Jeff Lebsack, chairman of the awards committee.



Bill transfers site to Town of Newfane

OLCOTT -- Both houses of the State Legislature have passed a bill allowing Niagara County to give Krull Park Beach and the terraces above it to the Town of Newfane, State Sen. George D. Maziarz and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto announced Tuesday.

The bill, which awaits Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's signature, allows the transfer of the parkland and puts the town in control of beach operations, meaning the town must hire and pay lifeguards.

The County Legislature and the Town Board have approved a one-year lease on the property, which is in effect until Cuomo signs the bill.

The county agreed to a three-year extension of its no-layoff promise to its parks workers in exchange for their union not filing a grievance over the transfer of the property.

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