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>Byrne to head board for fifth straight term

FREDONIA -- Edith Byrne was re-elected president of the Fredonia School Board for a fifth consecutive one-year term during Tuesday night's reorganization meeting. She has been on the board for eight years.

Kelly Crise, also a member of the board for the past eight years, was elected vice president, the first time she has held the office.

Wendy Heslink, secretary to the superintendent, was elected district clerk. Board members Michael Bobseine and Rosie Joy were appointed co-liaisons for legislative issues, and board member Dan Ihasz was named BOCES liaison. The board welcomed new board members Bobseine and David Giambrone.

The board next meets at 6 p.m. July 24 in the high school library. There will only be one meeting next month, at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library.


>Clinton bill to push access to green space

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that she will introduce a bill that aims to restore public access to green space around Buffalo's historic lighthouse.

The bill would push the U.S. Coast Guard to evaluate the feasibility of consolidating and relocating its Buffalo facilities, which currently occupy 31 acres of the city's outer harbor. The base's current design prevents public access to a significant portion of the city's waterfront, including the Buffalo Lighthouse.

The Coast Guard has indicated the site is too large and is difficult to maintain and secure.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, recently included the legislation as an amendment to the Coast Guard Authorization Act that passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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