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Proposal would up the ante on money for localities

Two state lawmakers who represent Niagara Falls have introduced legislation that would send more money generated at Seneca Nation gambling casinos to the localities where they are situated.

The proposal would amend the gaming compact between the Senecas and New York State to give localities in the Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca half the government share of casino slots revenue, instead of 25 percent.

Under terms of the compact, the Senecas keep three-quarters of casino revenue, and state and local governments split one-quarter. The state keeps three-quarters of the government share, meaning Albany gets 18.75 percent of overall casino revenue, and localities most directly impacted by the casinos receive 6.25 percent.



GOP chief's wife named secretary to the supervisor

LOCKPORT -- The Town Board appointed Sharon Jablonski, wife of town Republican Party Chairman Donald J. Jablonski, as Supervisor Marc R. Smith's new part-time secretary.

Smith said Jablonski will work 17 hours a week and be paid $10.35 per hour. She replaces Kate Carter, who is now the town's budget officer since Robert J. Lipp retired this spring.

The board also approved a new law giving the town the power to conduct criminal background checks on anyone who applies for a peddler's permit, and it passed a law setting a $250 fine for failing to control one's dog.



Board of Elections OKs nominating petitions for two

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections on Wednesday unanimously upheld the nominating petitions of two Democratic candidates for county legislator in Niagara Falls' 4th District.

The elections commissioners rejected a challenge filed against the petitions of Duane Thomas Jr. by Shirley A. Hamilton, a friend and ally of retiring Legislator Renae Kimble. They also shot down a challenge to the petitions filed by Owen T. Steed by Bobby L. Belton, who claimed Steed was registered to vote at a nonexistent address on 15th Street.

However, a more detailed challenge that Hamilton filed against Steed's petitions still awaits a ruling from the election commissioners. Kristian Green, who is supported by Kimble, also is running in the 4th District, setting up a potential three-way Democratic primary.



Mount St. Mary's slates blood collection Friday

LEWISTON -- Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center will host an Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) Community Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in Room 249 or in the mobile bus located on the hospital campus, 5300 Military Road.

All presenting donors will be entered into 10 drawings for a four-pack of Buffalo Bison's Flex Pass Tickets and a limited-edition Bisons cap, and five drawings for hospital gift bags. They also will receive a coupon for a free Wendy's Frosty and enjoy a free Sahlen's hot dog. For an appointment, call Karen Mahoney at 298-2144. Walk-ins are welcome. Photo identification is required.