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Lackawanna

Lackawanna has been awarded $90,000 in state funding to plan for revitalizing the city’s waterfront, which has been privately owned and inaccessible to residents for more than 100 years.

The money is part of $60.8 million in awards for economic development projects in Western New York announced on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The city will get $30,000 from the Department of State and $60,000 from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority to update its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, which was adopted in 1989.

The amended LWRP will include a review of the existing waterfront area, inventory existing conditions, update program policies, identify appropriate proposed land and water uses and projects, and revise local laws to implement the program.

Also this week:

• Fourth Ward Councilman Keith E. Lewis has asked City Attorney Antonio Savaglio to write a legal opinion on whether former development director Ralph D. Miranda is entitled to sick time payment after he submitted his resignation letter.

The request is part of the agenda for the Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Council chambers in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.

Miranda resigned effective Dec. 2. At the previous Council meeting, Lewis questioned whether Miranda was eligible to cash in sick time.

Also on the agenda is a recommendation from consultant Ken Strell that the Council award a demolition contract for the razing of the former Friendship House building at 264 Ridge Road to Regional Environmental Demolition, which submitted a low bid of $127,222.