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LOCKPORT – Michael E. Benedict, a law partner of former Niagara County Republican Chairman Michael J. Norris, has been selected by Mayor Michael W. Tucker to replace Norris as third deputy corporation counsel, a part-time city legal job. Norris quit the party chairmanship and the city job Wednesday, when he was chosen as Town of Lockport attorney.

Benedict, who also is an assistant public defender for Niagara County, takes over the $18,000-a-year city post immediately.