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>Special elections today will fill two vacant seats

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for two Western New York special elections to fill vacancies in the State Legislature.

Voters in parts of Buffalo and the Tonawandas, Grand Island and Niagara Falls will select a new state senator to replace Democrat Byron W. Brown, who was elected mayor of Buffalo in November. Marc A. Coppola, the Delaware Council member, is the Democratic-Independence candidate; at-large Board of Education member Christopher L. Jacobs is his Republican-Conservative opponent.

In parts of Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Monroe counties, two men are vying to replace Republican Charles H. Nesbitt, who resigned from the Assembly last year to head the state Tax Appeals Tribunal. Stephen M. Hawley, on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, faces Democrat Gary F. Kent.


>Pest Management Board to receive state honor

The city's Pest Management Board today received a commendation from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. The local pest panel's push for Buffalo's big blue trash totes, which have helped control the city's rat population, is one of the reasons it will receive the Excellence in Integrated Pest Management award.


>Volunteers wanted for rebuilding efforts

Stephen A. Tybor Jr., the Porter resident whose efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims resulted in recruiting several hundred volunteers, is planning a return trip to the stricken area May 28.

He is seeking volunteers and donations to assist in the rebuilding of homes in Waveland, Bay St. Louis and Picayune, Miss.

After word spread of his last trip, in December, more than 600 volunteers from 37 states and three countries joined Tybor and his son, Stephen A. III, who lives in Belden, Miss., a couple of hours from the hurricane-damaged area.

Contact Tybor Jr. at 622-4415.

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