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THOMAS J. PROHASKA AND ROBERT J. MCCARTHY


The new owners of the AES Corp. power plant in Somerset will seek a reduction of 40 percent to 60 percent in the plant's payments in lieu of taxes.That appears to be part of an effort by the new owners, a group of major domestic and foreign banks that held bonds issued by AES, to revive the fortunes of the currently dormant plant.After a meeting Wednesday with AES …

The man whose future home was obliterated in a natural gas explosion caused by copper thieves urged "long-term drug rehabilitation" Wednesday for a woman who took part in the burglary.Joseph Nicosia Jr. of Niagara Falls said that until the burglars confessed, his family feared the blast might have had something to do with the 1992 shooting death of his brother.Cr…

A federal magistrate judge has recommended the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the City of Lockport by the developers of a failing condominium project.Lockport Condominium Associates sued the city for $5 million in 2009, charging that the city undermined the project through the slowdown tactics of the Building Inspection Department.The city's attorneys at the …

Contract talks at Odd Fellow and Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Center have stalled over management's proposal to tie pay raises to employee attendance.Jim Crampton, chief negotiator for Local 1199, Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers East, has called a membership meeting for Thursday for the more than 100 nurses, aides and ho…

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released cleanup plans late last week for two Niagara Falls hazardous waste sites: Frontier Chemical at 47th Street and Royal Avenue, and Tract II on Highland Avenue.In both cases, the plans are similar to those proposed at recent public meetings, except for the discovery of radioactive contamination at Tract II,…

Being married for 50 years is something worth celebrating, and that's what Thomas and Catherine Rotondo did.What makes their golden anniversary a little more special is the additional 30 years of marriage they have celebrated.The Rotondos, lifelong Lockport residents who are believed to be the longest-married couple in Niagara County, will mark their 80th wedding a…

Trace levels of radioactive uranium attributed to the former Guterl Steel plant in Lockport have been found in water seeping through the walls of the Erie Canal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.The December sampling was the first time seeping ground water at the Ohio Street plant was tested, according to Natalie Watson, outreach program specialist…

Trace levels of radioactive uranium attributed to the former Guterl Steel plant in Lockport have been found in water seeping through the walls of the Erie Canal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.The December sampling was the first time seeping ground water at the Ohio Street plant was tested, according to Natalie Watson, outreach program specialist…

The United Way of Greater Niagara welcomed a new board chairman and five new board members at its annual meeting Friday.Jerald I. Wolfgang of Lewiston, who had been vice chairman of the board, moved up to the chairmanship as Robert J. Hagen of Lockport stepped aside."I've been chairman of the new United Way for two years. I decided it was time to give up the gavel,…

A judge said at the close of a hearing this week that he will issue a decision soon on the state's renewed effort to have a sex offender living in Buffalo committed to a mental institution.State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. has turned down previous opportunities to commit Michael W. Matter, 46, who has come under the state's civil confinement program …

A man with a long history of domestic violence was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for three felonies, including knifing a man the defendant found with his ex-girlfriend.Stephan A. Wroblewski, 43, of Church Street, Lockport, had pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to attempted first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree criminal contempt of court.Ten ye…

Niagara County leaders met Wednesday to discuss an expected request for a deeper tax break for a bankrupt power plant.Their plan is to let the new owners of the AES Corp. coal-fired power plant on Lake Road propose a figure."There hasn't been any discussion by the taxing jurisdictions about approaching this in terms of making offers," Somerset Supervisor Daniel M. …

Niagara County has more than $7 million in unspent Niagara River Greenway funds, an audit disclosed Tuesday.The annual audit of the Niagara Power Coalition showed that even though 39 projects have been approved by county leaders since 2008, much of the $3 million per year provided by the New York Power Authority is being tucked away in an interest-earning account.T…

A new generation will try to make one of the area's oldest farms more commercial without alienating the neighbors.The city Zoning Board of Appeals approved variances Tuesday for Richard and Bree Woodbridge to install parking, walking trails and numerous signs for McCollum Orchards, as the business will continue to be known.The 100-acre property in the city's Lowert…

Niagara River Greenway funds were requested Monday for enclosures for kiddie rides at a North Tonawanda museum and a book about the villages on both sides of the river.The Niagara County Legislature committee that decides whether to sponsor Greenway applications sought more information before taking action. The Host Communities Standing Committee actually distrib…