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July 31, 2013

Nearly $2 million in projects approved

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Tonawanda News — The council also held a public hearing for a plan to offer tax incentives for those who “deconvert” multiple unit dwelling into single-family homes, which has received unanimous support among lawmakers.

The sparsely-attended hearing did have one detractor, Debbie Fishel, who said she purchased and converted three properties on Ganson and Schenck streets and said she did not like the tone of the proposal that would offer $1,000 a year for 10 years to property owners who underwent the transition. 

“I just feel like they’re discouraging landlords,” said Fishel, who moved to North Tonawanda several years ago and relies on her properties for income. 

Yet council members and Mayor Rob Ortt said the measure would likely receive approval in the next few weeks as a means to combat a 33 percent rental rate in the city. 

In other council news: 

• Alderman-At-Large Mal Needler made a brief appearance near the end of a work session meeting Tuesday to a round of applause by the rest of the council and the mayor. Needler suffered a serious heart attack in late June and attended the meeting to participate in interviews to replace outgoing Alderwoman Nancy Donovan, who will retire next week before her term ends. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

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