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Niagara Falls Water Board Democrats fire back at GOP critics

The Democratic majority on the Niagara Falls Water Board fired back Wednesday at the Republicans who attacked them last week over the July 29 discharge of black water into the lower Niagara River.

Water Board Chairman Daniel T. O'Callaghan, county Democratic Party chairman Nicholas J. Forster and former Legislator Renae Kimble accused the Republicans of "bad timing, ill-will, misunderstanding of the facts and blatant political opportunism."

"Since March, our majority at the NFWB has solved dozens of lingering and neglected problems, recruited competent staff and adopted cost saving and efficiency-oriented initiatives," the Democrats said.

The GOP-controlled County Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on a demand for a criminal investigation of the discharge. Niagara Falls police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are probing the release, which the board attributed to a worker's error.

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