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City's attorney discloses he's switching law firms

LOCKPORT -- The city's attorney disclosed Thursday that he's switching law firms and taking some of his municipal work with him.

Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said as of Wednesday he's leaving the Harris Beach firm and joining Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola of Buffalo.

He said he will be the first municipal attorney in a 30-lawyer firm that specializes in insurance defense and corporate work. Harris Beach is 10 times larger and represents many municipalities.

Ottaviano said his duties as the city's salaried attorney are independent of his ties to Harris Beach, but his work for the Greater Lockport Development Corp. and the Niagara Falls Water Board came through contracts bid by Harris Beach.

He said he will take those with him to Rupp Baase and continue representing them as well as the City of Lockport.

Ottaviano said he will keep his private law office at the same Lockport location.


Free entrepreneurial classes will be offered by city

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city will offer free entrepreneurial training classes for current or future business owners.

In cooperation with D'Youville College, the city will conduct the training classes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday from Feb. 15 to April 18 in the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

Business owners are required to complete the training program to become eligible for funds available through the city's micro-enterprise loan or grant program.

Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should contact Clara Dunn in the Niagara Falls Economic Development Department, Room 17, City Hall; phone 286-4481.

Enrollment is limited.


Niagara Hospice offering paid summer internship

Niagara Hospice is accepting applications for a paid summer internship opportunity for college students living in eastern Niagara County.

Students interested in the position must be college students returning to their studies in the fall or high school graduates who have been accepted at an accredited college for the fall semester.

The student in this position will play an integral part in the marketing and public relations of Niagara Hospice throughout the summer.

The intern will help develop promotional and educational materials, participate in marketing and PR activities for Niagara Hospice that will include research and data compilation, and assist with community outreach initiatives and special events to help increase awareness and dollars for Niagara Hospice.

Applicants for these positions need not attend college in Niagara County.

To apply, applicants are asked to visit the Careers page at www.Niagara for more information and application instructions.

The internship, made available through the Grigg Lewis Foundation's Workership Program, is now in its 11th year.