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Former prosecutor succeeds assemblyman-elect as Lockport town attorney

LOCKPORT - Brian D. Seaman, a former Niagara County assistant district attorney, will become Town of Lockport attorney in 2017, Supervisor Mark C. Crocker announced Wednesday.

Seaman is a law partner of the current town attorney, Michael J. Norris, who was elected 144th District state assemblyman last week. Norris, the town attorney for almost four years, will remain on the job until Dec. 31.

Crocker said Seaman will be paid $121,367, the same salary Norris was receiving.

Seaman has been a full-time assistant county attorney since leaving the District Attorney's Office in February 2013.  The Town of Lockport position will be considered full time, and Seaman said arrangements are being made to reduce his work as an assistant county attorney to part time.

In other matters Wednesday:

  • The Town Board passed a package of zoning code amendments, which included lifting the height restriction on buildings in business zones.  Up until now, buildings were limited to 35 feet in some business zones and 40 feet in others. The new limit will be 60 feet.
  • Crocker also announced that the town's new recycling totes should be delivered to town residents by the second week in December. The town is switching to a biweekly recycling program after Jan. 1, replacing the 18-gallon bins with 64- or 96-gallon wheeled totes.
  • The board set a Dec. 7 public hearing on a one-year extension of its moratorium on allowing the spreading of biosolids on land in the town. The ban, which is to expire Dec. 17, was passed in September 2015 and extended for nine months in March. It was triggered by the controversy over the use by local farmers of byproducts from an energy-from-waste plant in Wheatfield. The plant owner, Quasar Energy Group, took the Town of Wheatfield to court, challenging that town's ban on the use of biosolids. The law was upheld in State Supreme Court in May, but Quasar filed an appeal. Norris said Lockport should keep its temporary moratorium in effect until the case is settled.

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