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September 26, 2013

Town adopts preliminary budget

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Lockport Town Board on Wednesday adopted a preliminary 2014 Town of Lockport budget, a spending plan that includes a small tax cut.

The $14.8 million budget features a $447,700 or 3.1 percent increase in spending from the current year. The amount taken from taxes would rise by .26 percent or $14,558 to just over $5.8 million.

However, that would reduce the total tax bill by $3.55 on a house assessed at $100,000, which is the average assessment in most of the town. The Carlisle Gardens subdivision’s average $110,000 home would see a $3.72 decrease in 2014 while the Lincoln Village subdivision would see a $2.48 drop on its average home, which is assessed at $70,000.

The budget includes 2.5 percent raises for most of the elected officials, except for Highway Superintendent David J. Miller, whose pay will jump from $61,379 to $77,913, which includes a new $10,000 stipend for drainage work, but even the base pay is rising 10.6 percent.

The other elected officials’ salaries will be: Supervisor Marc R. Smith, $51,501; Town Clerk Nancy Brooks, $51,058; the four councilmen receive $9,906 each, with double pay for the one chosen to serve as deputy supervisor next year; and $26,341 each for the two town justices.

Cox re-elected state GOP chairman 

ALBANY (AP) — New York state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox has been re-elected to his leadership post.

Cox was unanimously re-elected at a state party meeting Tuesday. The lawyer and longtime party activist was first sworn in as chairman of the state Republican Party in 2009.

Cox’s first task of his new term will be helping Republican Joe Lhota in the race for New York City mayor. Polls show Lhota trailing Democrat Bill de Blasio.

Army National Guard troops to deploy to Kuwait 

LATHAM (AP) — The New York Army National Guard is deploying troops and aircraft to Texas for training as part of final preparations for duty in the Middle East.

Sixty soldiers and 10 Blackhawk helicopters of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation based in suburban Albany depart Wednesday morning for Fort Hood. It’s the first wave of troops being sent to the Texas base over the next two weeks. In all, the deployment will include more than 450 soldiers and aircrews.

The brigade will train at Fort Hood before its eventual deployment to Kuwait at the end of the year.

The 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters last deployed in May of 2004 to Iraq and returned in November 2005. The unit supported flight operations across four provinces of north-central Iraq.