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Supervisors of Erie County departments, utilities and banks will get together Sept. 27 to report on preparations to avoid Y2K computer problems.

"People want to be assured their money will still be in the bank, that their power will still be on, and that the police or fire department will come if needed," County Executive Gorski said.

The open meeting will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Studio Arena Theater.

Gorski and Robert Wilmers, chief executive officer of M&T Bank, will be hosts, with administrators responsible for Y2K preparations as presenters.

M&T is sponsoring the forum.

Wilmers said that banks in general, and his own in particular, are fully prepared technologically for the Y2K transition. But he said people want to know that their money is safe, the telephone is working and the government is ready.

"That's why the public forum is important, not just for bank customers but for all Western New Yorkers," he said.

Les Hoffman, chief of county information services, began preparations six years ago. For two years, people responsible for county Y2K preparations have shared information with the Y2K Users Group.

A cadre of county supervisors will be on the alert to deal with any glitches during a five-day period starting Thursday, Dec. 30 and continuing until Monday, Jan. 3.

County departments participating in the forum will include emergency services, E-911, Sheriff's Department and Water Authority. Private presenters will include M&T, Kaleida Health, Bell Atlantic, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., National Fuel Gas Co. and New York State Electric and Gas Corp. Several will set up information tables in the theater's restaurant and lobby.

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