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Brown signs new law to streamline purchasing

Mayor Byron W. Brown is taking steps to streamline city purchasing policies, which some say could save millions of dollars a year.

Brown has signed a local law to establish a panel that helps steer purchasing policies for city departments, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, the Sewer Authority and the school district.

Advocates contend the Procurement Policy Board will encourage cooperative purchasing among city entities, improve bidding practices and assess whether the awarding of contracts is fair to minority- and women-owned businesses.


Police offer program to provide child ID cards

Buffalo Police are inviting the public to attend a free program on Monday that will provide parents with child identification cards -- a tool that provides law enforcement with vital information if your child is missing.

The program, called Operation Safe Child, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Buffalo Police Department headquarters at 74 Franklin St.

Buffalo Police say the ID cards provide law enforcement with the up-to-date information they need to immediately begin the search for a missing child. The program was developed by state Department of Criminal Justice Services and endorsed by Gov. George E. Pataki. A parent or legal guardian must be with any child who received a card.

Parents can authorize the information gathered be digitally recorded and stored in a state database or kept privately at home. For more information, call police officers Kimberly Beaty or Lisa Wilson at 851-4523.


Artpark auditioning for headliner spots

LEWISTON -- Artpark is welcoming top performers in Western New York and Southern Ontario to audition for headliner spots in an inaugural summer concert series, "Artpark Wednesdays."

The Wednesday series will showcase local bands, in contrast to the national acts featured at the "First Niagara Tuesday in the Park at Artpark" concert series.

The formation of the "Artpark Wednesdays" free concert series is due in large part to the success of "Tuesday in the Park," which brought in more than 90,000 concertgoers over the course of 13 weeks last year, Artpark officials said.

Interested artists and bands should submit all information -- including audio samples, published reviews, references and contact information -- to "Artpark Wednesdays," 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston, NY 14092. All inquiries must be received by April 1.


Presidents Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Friday by the Presidents Day holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Some open, some closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Regular

City garbage .... Regular

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