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Niagara County will sell no more land to the company that made a deal for a housing project for recovering substance abusers in Lockport, County Legislator William J. Collins said Tuesday. Collins' statement has no impact on Cazenovia Recovery Systems' plans to construct housing for its clients, said Charles D. Grieco, the agency's attorney. In 2018, the county sold …

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The Lockport Police Department's deteriorating 911 system has been repaired, moving a controversy over police dispatching onto the back burner. Police Chief Steven K. Abbott said Tuesday that all three terminals in the city's dispatching center were restored to full functionality last week. He personally installed the new parts. Abbott, who used to maintain the 911 c…

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As the son of a former Lockport policeman, Mark S. Wallace said, "I spent my whole life wanting to be a police officer." But he won't be able to follow his father's career path. Injuries that Wallace said he suffered at the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy ended any chance of a police career and are the crux of his lawsuits against the City of Lockport for medi…

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For the past three years, the Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals meeting agendas have been dominated by dozens of requests from residential property owners seeking to rent rooms in their homes. Now, all five members of the City Council are co-sponsoring a 90-day moratorium on allowing the creation of short-term rentals such as Airbnb in the city. The Council is expec…

Courts

David V. Maziarz Jr., the operator of a North Tonawanda tattoo business, was placed on six years' probation Friday for a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching, even though he admitted biting his adult female victim. Maziarz, 32, of Mead Street, received the sentence from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon, who made a probation promise when Maziarz pleaded guilty Nov. 8…

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Kendra DiTullio, who has been a Lockport police officer for nearly 17 years, has been promoted from lieutenant to captain, making her the first woman ever to attain a captain's rank in the department. Police Chief Steven K. Abbott said Thursday that DiTullio takes the place of Douglas E. Haak Jr., a captain who retired this month and joined the Lockport City School Dist…

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Last July, hotelier Michael DiCienzo unveiled plans for a $15 million development at his Sheraton at the Falls Hotel on Third Street, to be called the Niagara Beach and Surf Club.  However, nothing seems to have happened since to move the project forward. The Cataract Tourism Fund, controlled by the Niagara County Development Agency, granted the project $2 million in…

Crime

A Niagara County judge said Friday that she will decide within two weeks whether to allow Joseph Belstadt's defense team to offer up another suspect in the death of Mandy Steingasser – her former boyfriend. DNA from the former boyfriend was found in the underwear of the 17-year-old North Tonawanda girl who was killed in 1993. Defense attorney Michele G. Bergevin reve…

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At the request of Randy R. Bradt, the Niagara County Legislature's Republican leader, District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Wednesday her office will look into the robocalls that criticized Republican legislators, including chairwoman Rebecca J. Wydysh, for allegedly protecting sexual harassers. Bradt's letter said such anonymous calls may violate state and feder…

Business

When the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency holds its next meeting Feb. 12, four of the nine members will be newcomers. "We're looking for some fresh faces, new ideas," said County Legislature Chairwoman Rebecca J. Wydysh, who made the appointments Tuesday. She chose former Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe, Niagara Falls Housing Authority Executive Di…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the International Joint Commission, both familiar targets for Niagara County officials, were criticized again Tuesday night during County Legislature Chairwoman Rebecca J. Wydysh's first State of the County address. Wydysh, R-Lewiston, criticized Cuomo because the state budget might throw more Medicaid costs onto counties. About two-thirds of…

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Dale W. Marshall, North Tonawanda's city engineer since June 1991, will retire Jan. 30. "It was a dream job for me as a civil engineer and I can't believe how quickly the nearly 29 years have passed," Marshall wrote in his retirement letter to Mayor Arthur G. Pappas and the Common Council. Marshall was paid $121,698 last year, according to seethroughny.net. Pa…

Crime

A Lockport man who was drunk when his vehicle struck and seriously injured a pedestrian two years ago was placed on probation for five years on Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Robert E. Adams Jr., 26, of Beattie Avenue, had successfully completed a year on interim probation. Kloch said it was "almost a miracle" that defense attorney Anthony J…

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A Niagara Falls man who was shot in the leg last summer admitted Wednesday that he used an unregistered handgun to fire back at his assailant. Charles J. Scott, 43, of Walnut Avenue, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing March 25 for the gun …