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North Tonawanda mayor: City can't aid History Museum

North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas said Wednesday that the city is not financially able to bail out the North Tonawanda History Museum, which has begun a last-ditch fund-raising effort to avoid foreclosure and eviction from its building at 54 Webster St.

Pappas said city officials haven't discussed aid to the museum, which is trying to raise $289,000. Its mortgage holder, Regent Properties, plans to go to court Aug. 10 to ask a judge to appoint a referee to conduct a foreclosure auction.

"We're not even looking at it at this time. We can't. There's litigation going on. I'm not even sure what the city could do," Pappas said. "It's not a case of the city not caring about it."

He said the city isn't in a position to bail out nonprofit organizations.

"The building itself needs a lot of work to be brought up to code," Pappas added.

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