Constituents invited to session with Reynolds
Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, invites constituents to come to the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, to discuss federal issues and other concerns from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The session is part of the congressman's "Reynolds Rounds -- Satellite Office Hours" series.
County wants to sue drugmakers on its own
Erie County is fighting efforts by national drug companies to prevent the county from pursuing its own lawsuit alleging they fraudulently overbilled the county's Medicaid program.
Erie County filed suit last March 8 in Buffalo against the drug companies, seeking at least $50 million for alleged fraudulent wholesale pricing and other tactics resulting in overcharging since 1992.
However, the drugmakers want the county's claims included in a federal suit being heard in Boston, Mass., because "all the issues are the same," said Richard T. Sullivan, a Buffalo lawyer hired by the pharmaceutical firms.
Erie County Attorney Laurence K. Rubin disputes that.
Rubin said the county is making arguments not made by other localities.
"The harm was done here and the case should be tried here," he said.
Erie County is the only one of 45 counties statewide, along with the City of New York, not involved in the Boston litigation.
The drugmakers' request follows a ruling by federal District Judge Patti B. Saris of Boston that released Erie County from the four-year-old federal class action suit against the industry.
On Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Eugene M. Fahey will be asked by the drug companies to return Erie County to the federal case.
Health Network getting $250,000 state grant
JAMESTOWN -- The Chautauqua County Health Network is receiving a $250,000 grant from the state Department of Health through the Rural Health Network Development Program.
Network Director Stan Lundine said the network is "delighted" to be getting more money this year for local health and wellness coalitions.
The grant will also be used to boost the number of health care professionals trained and practicing locally, as well as to help to people without health insurance.
Those who have no insurance, or who do not have enough, can call the toll-free help line at (888) 753-7315.
McBride gives shelter mementos of visit
Country music artist Martina McBride visited Child & Family Services Haven House before her Friday evening concert in HSBC Arena.
A national spokeswoman for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, McBride was presented with some artwork done by two children living in the shelter.
She gave the shelter a keepsake that included her photo and lyrics to such songs as "Independence Day" and "Broken Wing," which deal with domestic violence.