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>Town Board reorganizes, approves pay raises

The West Seneca Town Board's annual reorganization meeting produced little change Monday night, with many town officials and committee chairmen continuing for another year.

The board approved annual salaries for the town's elected officials. The pay increases were included in this year's budget.

The salaries are: Town Supervisor Paul Clark, $61,258; Town Board members Craig J. Hicks, Vincent J. Graber Jr., Christopher F. Osmanski and Christina Wleklinski Bove, $21,767 each; Town Clerk Patricia DePasquale, $50,827; Town Justices Richard B. Scott and Wallace C. Piotrowski, $35,984 each; and Receiver of Taxes Ruth Breidenstein, $49,145.

The current town attorney, Timothy Greenan, was reappointed at a salary of $54,406, and the deputy town attorney, Paul Notaro, also was reappointed, at $25,786 per year.

The town prosecutor also was reappointed at an annual salary of $25,786.

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>Computer center to go in town senior facility

The Town of Hamburg plans to install a computer center in its Senior Citizens Center.

At its year-end meeting Friday, the Town Board approved allocating $75,000 from its federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the project, as recommended by a citizens advisory committee.

Other allocations from the estimated $450,000 expected from the grant are similar to past years: $75,000 for administration and planning, $25,000 for the seniors' aquatic fitness center, $25,000 for the battered spouse/domestic violence program and $125,000 each to the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell for infrastructure improvements.

Also, Kesner announced that the town has been awarded a $90,000 state grant for new equipment in the emergency dispatch center.

However, the project is estimated to cost $300,000, so additional funding will be necessary.

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>Grant will help boost living liver donations

A University at Buffalo researcher has been awarded a $741,360 grant to help increase the number of living liver donations in New York.

Thomas H. Feeley, associate professor of communication and a research assistant professor of family medicine, will work with New York Center for Liver Transplantation on a three-year program aimed at educating patients awaiting liver transplants about their option for a living donation.

Because the liver can regenerate itself, it is possible a living donor can give part of his liver. Both the remaining part of the liver and the segment donated will grow to normal size in a brief period of time, according to the New York Center for Liver Transplantation.

"People awaiting a liver have limited knowledge about living liver donation," Feeley said.

The grant -- which will be used to provide one-on-one counseling, brochures, videos and a Web site -- was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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