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Edwards taps Marshall as Medicaid overseer

Chautauqua County is about to get its first "Medicaid czar."

Heidi Marshall, most recently director of finance and human resources for the Town of Chautauqua, was named to the post of Medicaid specialist by County Executive Greg Edwards. In the job, Marshall will identify areas of waste, fraud and abuse in Medicaid.

A team of county employees and legislators worked to select Marshall. The full County Legislature will discuss whether to approve the appointment at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Marshall also previously worked for three local accounting firms and for Lutheran Social Services as a senior accountant.


Youth Bureau supports anti-smoking initiative

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau has signed a resolution supporting Reality Check's smoke-free movie initiative.

Copies will be sent to the state attorney general's office and to Motion Picture Association of America President Dan Glickman, showing support against the movie industry depicting the use of tobacco in youth-rated films.

Reality Check youngsters statewide have said they give Hollywood an "F" for failing to protect children from the No. 1 preventable cause of death -- smoking. The youngsters don't approve of Hollywood glamorizing and promoting tobacco in films rated G, PG and PG-13.

Reality Check is a teen-led movement that uses peer education to expose manipulative tobacco industry marketing tactics. There is a Reality Check chapter in all 62 counties in New York State, and each chapter works with youths ages 13 to 18.

For more information or to become a part of Reality Check, call Davis at Southern Tier Health Care System at 372-0614 or e-mail

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