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Entrepreneurial program fields class of 50 graduates

NIAGARA FALLS -- Graduation certificates will be presented to 50 potential business leaders during a public ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 745 Main St.

The recipients are graduates of the city Economic Development Department's 12-week intensive Entrepreneurial Training Program. The program brings those who are interested in starting a business into a classroom setting where the basics of business operation are taught.

Some of the graduates plan to open businesses soon, and others are earning their certificates with eyes toward future ventures.

Denise Cotto of D'Youville College will address the graduates, and Mayor Paul A. Dyster will present the certificates.


Minimum wage hike proposal to be discussed in City Hall

The third in a series of three statewide public hearings on increasing New York State's minimum wage will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Harlem, have introduced a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour and index it to inflation.


With contracts set to expire, consultant services sought

LOCKPORT -- The deadline is May 18 for collective bargaining consultants to offer their services to the City of Lockport, City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri said.

The Common Council voted Wednesday to seek proposals for public sector collective bargaining services. All five of the city's union contracts expire at the end of this year.

Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said that using an outside pro at the bargaining table might help move things along. He said he didn't have any firm idea of what it would cost.

Pasceri said the Council could award a contract as soon as its June 6 meeting.


May 18 application deadline set for coroner candidates

LOCKPORT -- A May 18 application deadline has been set for Niagara County residents interested in succeeding Russell Jackman II as District 4 coroner for the rest of the year.

Jackman resigned this week and pleaded guilty to obstructing governmental administration for mishandling the body of a man killed in a car crash last month.

Current county employees are not eligible to apply for the position, which pays $17,500 a year. District 4 covers Cambria, Lewiston, Newfane, the Town of Niagara, Porter and Wilson, but applicants need not live in those towns.

A County Legislature committee will hold interviews before recommending a nominee. Legislator Paul B. Wojtaszek, chairman of the Community Safety and Security Committee, said Thursday he may choose a subcommittee of that group to perform the interviews.

Resumes should be sent to Legislature Clerk Mary Jo Tamburlin, 175 Hawley St., Lockport, NY 14094.