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>Chemical dependency is subject of meeting

The Western New York Chemical Dependency Consortium will hold a breakfast meeting Friday in the Millennium Airport Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

John Coppola, executive director of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State, will be the keynote speaker. Sharon Townsend, administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District, will also be honored.

Also, a panel of graduates from Renaissance House, an inpatient adolescent alcohol- and drug-treatment facility, will share their experiences, and there will be a discussion of new drug trends and how particular drugs affect adolescent brains.
Registration and a breakfast buffet will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the main program at 8 a.m.

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>Republican caucus backs control board

Erie County's state-appointed control board has some friends in the Legislature's Republican caucus.

The three Republicans on Wednesday said they support the control board in its current "control period" and will ask the state appointees to cap county spending and to align the county's salaries and benefits with those in the private sector.

Republican Minority Leader John J. Mills of Orchard Park and Legislators Michael H. Ranzenhofer and Barry A. Weinstein, both of Amherst, also urged creation of a nonpartisan redistricting commission to shrink the number of legislative districts from 15 to nine.

The three also forwarded these recommendations:

* End the agreement by which Erie County maintains City of Buffalo parks since it costs money for taxpayers outside the city.

* Force all lawmakers convicted of a felony or misdemeanor to resign, a law the Republicans recently proposed.

* Increase the amount of money credited to Erie County taxpayers under the state's property tax relief program to recognize that Erie also shares sales tax income with public school districts.

* Change the post of deputy county executive to that of a professional county manager.

* Dedicate money to improve county roads.

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