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Giambra will present State of the County address

Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra will give his 2006 State of the County address next Thursday in the Buffalo Convention Center.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo again will sponsor the event, which includes lunch. For tickets, which cost $30, call 854-3397.

The luncheon begins at noon, and Giambra will speak at 12:45 p.m.


Swanick surprised that panel rejected him for ECMC board

Former County Legislator Charles M. Swanick thought his appearance before the Legislature's Health Committee two weeks ago went well. That's why he was surprised to learn the panel Tuesday voted, 3-2, against his appointment to the Erie County Medical Center board of directors.

"I thought I made it very clear," Swanick said, "that my view has always been, and will remain, to be extremely independent and not be in a position where you are representing anyone."

Committee Chairwoman Cynthia Locklear, D-West Seneca, and Minority Leader Barry A. Weinstein, R-Amherst, voted against Swanick's appointment because they feared he would bring too much political influence, and Majority Leader Maria R. Whyte, D-Buffalo, said the board needs more diversity.

Late in his Legislature career, Swanick emerged as an ally of County Executive Joel A. Giambra, who nominated him this year to the nonpaid post on the ECMC board. Cheektowaga Democrat Thomas Mazur voted for Swanick, as did Lynn M. Marinelli, exercising her right as Legislature chairwoman to sit in on any committee.

The matter now goes to the full Legislature, which does not have to accept the committee's vote.


High school jazz band to host Japanese group

The Hamburg High School Jazz Ensemble will host a group from Kanazawa, Buffalo's sister city in Japan, this summer.

Band director Larry Dubill told the School Board on Tuesday that the jazz ensemble, accompanied by teachers and city officials from Kanazawa, will visit in July. Performances by the group are tentatively planned for the park concert series in Hamburg, Slee Hall at the University at Buffalo North Campus and downtown Buffalo.

Dubill said he invited the high school music ensemble to Western New York to reciprocate an 11-day excursion in Kanazawa by the Hamburg jazz ensemble last June.

Day trips to Niagara Falls and Six Flags Darien Lake are among possible stops for the group, he said.


New county comptroller to start 'listening tour'

Erie County Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz will meet with residents at 10 a.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Town Hall on South Buffalo Street.

Poloncarz, who says he's starting a "listening tour" around the county, will discuss the county's financial situation and the four-year financial plan, then take questions.

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