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July 20, 2017

Starting Friday, fire dept. likely to aid Twin City in advanced life support

You’d be forgiven for not knowing Lockport won’t be getting back into providing ambulance service for its residents.

Quietly buried in the Union-Sun & Journal article about Lockport firefighters reaching an 11-year contract with the city — which included a clause requiring the LFD to drop its ambulance lawsuit — was the pronouncement by Mayor Anne McCaffrey that the “conversation” was over. (The Buffalo News didn’t publish anything about it.)

So gone is the opportunity for the city to generate revenue (as the tax base shrinks) but instead the city’s finances are working within a more predictable framework with less [...]

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July 12, 2017

Out of Outwater: 4th of July fireworks moving downtown?

After the success of the July 8th Albany Symphony/fireworks event at the Flight of Five as well as reports of aggressive behavior at Outwater Park during the July 4th fireworks, the mayor and city council are considering moving the Independence Day display downtown.

The estimated crowd was about 4,000 during Saturday’s orchestra and fireworks event with about 5,000 to 6,000 on July 4th.

Moving the event downtown would have the added benefit of providing an economic jolt to downtown. Bars, restaurants and other venues saw steady business after the event.

Parking was less problematic than at Outwater [...]

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July 6, 2017

Albany Symphony concert at Flight of Five is Lockport’s ‘Event of the Summer’

The Albany Symphony concludes its week-long tour and homage to communities along the Erie Canal with an 8 p.m. concert at the Flight of Five locks in Lockport.

The free concert is part of a 200-year anniversary celebration of the historic waterway that built America.

Since the orchestra will be performing on a barge in the locks more-than-usual civic coordination was required, and Mayor Anne McCaffrey recently delivered some information regarding event logistics.

Two members of the Albany Symphony who are taking part in the orchestra’s week-long tour of canal communities to [...]

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April 26, 2017

Lockport’s Shirley Nicholas is an “Environmental Champion”; E.P.A. bestows award, mayor will honor June 7th

In her battle to tear down and remediate the heavily contaminated site at the Flinkote plant on Mill Street in Lockport, Shirley Nicholas has encountered push-back from politicians and frustration from their inaction.

“Chris Collins. I’d like to call him a dirty name,” said Nicholas, who rarely minces words.

The incident she’s referring to occurred when residents from Water Street — who were suffering in the shadow and watershed of the dangerous abandoned industrial site — went to the congressman’s office in Buffalo to seek his help and support.

“We needed to get these people moved,” she said. “But he [...]

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