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>Marriott reappointed to town Planning Board

John Marriott has been reappointed to the Cheektowaga Planning Board.

His seven-year term ends Dec. 31, 2013. Planning Board members receive a stipend of $3,397 a year.


>Maziarz appointed to two more committees

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, has been named to two additional Senate committees -- Finance and Judiciary -- for the 2007 Legislative session, his office announced Wednesday.

The Senate Finance Committee plays a critical role in reviewing and negotiating the state budget, and the Judiciary Committee screens nominations to the State Court of Appeals and oversees legislation affecting the judicial system.

Maziarz is chairman of the Labor Committee and is a member of committees on Aging; Corporations, Authorities & Commissions; Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections; and Energy & Telecommunications.


>Heart Center chosen for CT angiography study

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Heart Center of Niagara has been chosen by two of Western New York's largest health insurers for a pilot study on the use of non-invasive cardiac CT angiography.
Independent Health and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, along with BlueShield of Northeastern New York and National Imaging Associates, will launch a program next month to investigate the role of CT angiography in evaluating patients who might have coronary artery disease.

"The Heart Center of Niagara's selection for this program is a tribute to our specially trained radiologists, Dr. Mark D. Perry and Dr. David Ludwig, and confirms our position as a leading provider of cardiac care and non-invasive diagnostic services," Dr. Vijay Bojedla, vice president and chief medical officer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, said in a prepared statement.
The study will seek to define the role of the technology, identify appropriate patients, assess benefits and potential risks, and analyze costs.
Patients with certain Blue Cross and Independent Health coverage, as well as Medicare, are candidates for cardiac CT angiography. Eligible patients will only be covered for testing at the Heart Center of Niagara and three designated sites in Erie County. Testing must be ordered by a physician.

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