Residents: Keep new map simple
As the Niagara County legislative district map is redrawn, it’s understood the three cities are most at risk of seeing reduced representation on the Legislature — and that parts of cities and towns could end up oddly paired in the new, bigger districts.
Residents who spoke to the citizen panel that’s drawing up the new map Thursday urged it to keep natural fits in mind as it’s dividing 3 cities, 12 towns and 5 villages into 15 legislative districts.
The map has to be redrawn every 10 years based on results of the U.S. Census, to keep the population count in each district roughly equal. The task is more complex this time, since voters decided in 2009 that they want the legislature reduced to 15 districts/seats from 19.
Panther power punch
In order to help raise money, Newfane High School’s freshmen have gone to the community for a little punch.
Like all high school classes, the ninth graders were in need to raise money for their senior prom and yearbooks. But the graduating class of 2014 wanted to do something different, said class adviser Joe Najuch, which led to the creation of the “Panther Punch Card.” There are 159 kids in the freshman class this year.
Larger than life
Every few minutes, passers-by stop or slowdown in front of the Bailey family’s Lockport-Olcott Road home to gaze at a snowman that locals said is the largest they have ever seen.
The more than 18 foot snowman is an annual creation by Newfane High School students Brittany Bailey, 18, and Jeremy Bailey, 16, and their parents Robert and Kathy.
“My son came up with the idea to make snowmen that stand out a few years ago,” Robert Bailey said. “Sometimes we make a big one, other times we build a whole bunch of smaller ones, but we do it every year ... It’s a family affair.”
Reorganization chart shows subtle change in city leadership structure
Shifting the city budget director’s duties to the treasurer is among the recommendations of a consultant advising the Common Council on City Hall “reorganization.”
Consultant Richard Rising, an associate of the Harris Beach law firm and a former Geneva, N.Y., city manager, presented a proposed (re)organization chart to the Council on Wednesday.
The chart, which Council President Richelle Pasceri said last week the aldermen wanted to see before acting on any more job-related 2011 budget cuts and additions, shows a changed-up chain of command for 10 city departments. It does not show elimination of any department, nor does it anticipate any additional job cuts beyond the 25 that were effected since November by employee retirement or layoff.
Layoff opponents blast Council
The position of the city superintendent of streets, parks and refuse will be abolished Feb. 2, so long as the Common Council votes to amend the city charter.
By a 5-1 vote in the packed chamber Wednesday, the Council called a public hearing date of Feb. 2 on a proposed local law “amending” the city charter by striking all references to the superintendent of streets.
Alderman at Large Joseph Kibler cast the lone “no,” repeating what he said last week after Mayor Michael Tucker laid off streets superintendent Michael Hoffman and handed off his supervisory duties to Director of Engineering Norman Allen.
“I’ve been against (the layoff and elimination of the superintendent’s post) from the beginning. I haven’t changed my mind,” Kibler said.
Before the vote, the Council faced a crowd that at one point was large enough to be called standing-room-only — and was overwhelmingly opposed to Hoffman’s layoff. Audience members’ comments about the charter change resolution consumed nearly an hour and 20 minutes. Among 14 public speakers, only one voiced support for moves the Council is making to cut city employee numbers and reorganize remaining staff.
Verizon lawsuit appeal up in the air
No decision has been made regarding an of the appeal of the Rizzo v. Verizon suit, Art Giacalone, the lawyer for Mary Ann Rizzo, said Wednesday.
Rizzo, who brought suit against the proposed $4.5 billion Verizon data center in Somerset, has 30 days to file her Notice of Appeal.
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- SCHOOLS: Starpoint Invent-A-Thon encourages ingenuity Starpoint Intermediate School’s annual Invent-A-Thon encourages ingenuity while helping students find solutions to real world problems.
- COMMUNITIES: United Way prepares for next chapter The Eastern Niagara United Way is looking to the future after taking a moment Thursday to remember the past, included recognizing individuals for their contributions in 200
- LOCAL WEATHER: Folks break out, enjoy advance of spring Lockportians got the jump on spring Wednesday, walking, biking, jogging and taking a picnic break as the afternoon temperature pushed towards 50 degrees.
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