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>Committee OKs hearing on NCCC land deal

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County Legislature committee Tuesday approved a resolution to hold a public hearing on a deal giving 12 acres on the Niagara County Community College campus to a corporation the college is setting up to hold title to its planned student housing.

Administration Committee Chairman Jason J. Murgia, D-Niagara Falls, said if the measure is approved by the full Legislature Feb. 6, the hearing on the transfer would be held Feb. 20.

On another topic before the committee, Legislator Peter E. Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda, withdrew his resolution to ask departments to analyze whether they can accept credit cards for taxes and fees. County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said the plan needs more internal study before it can be acted upon, and it was officially tabled.


>State grant boosts training for nurses

LEWISTON -- Niagara University will expand its nursing program, thanks to a state grant of $119,825.

The grant was awarded by the state Department of Health, under its Health Workforce Retraining Initiative, and will be used to boost faculty and enrollment in Niagara's nursing department, said Frances Crosby, chairwoman of Niagara's Department of nursing.

Niagara -- which shut down its nursing school in 2002 because of declining enrollment and resources -- opened a nursing department last fall, in which registered nurses with an associate's degree can earn their bachelor's degree in nursing.

The grant will allow one part-time faculty member to become full-time, Crosby said.

Niagara also will use some of the grant as scholarship money for students, she said.

Niagara has about 16 students in its nursing program and hopes to boost enrollment to about 30 students, Crosby said.

Niagara applied for the grant with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Niagara County Department of Health to address training in an occupation where there's a shortage.

"Roswell Park has partnered with us to send a group of [its] associate-prepared nurses to our program to provide the opportunity for their nurses to advance in their education and their career," Crosby said.


>Town Republicans seeking November candidates

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Republican Committee is beginning the selection process for candidates for the November 2007 elections.

Residents are being canvassed in various forums to ensure those interested in government service are aware of the process.

Open this year are two Town Board seats, town supervisor, two town justices and the town clerk.

"We are continually looking for new faces and new ideas," Lewiston Republican Chairman Edward DeVantier said.

Interested people should contact DeVantier at 754-7146.

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