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>DEC providing grant to decontaminate site

DUNKIRK -- The state will provide Dunkirk with a $132,356 grant toward the cleanup of the former Edgewood Warehouse site on South Roberts Road.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis this week announced that the funds were being made available through the department's Environmental Restoration Program.

The seven-acre site is part of a larger, inactive industrial park containing a 165,000-square-foot warehouse and a second, smaller vacant building. Heavy industrial and commercial use of the site began in 1909 with manufacturing of locomotives, military equipment, stainless steel and wood products.

Edgewater Investments began using the main building as a warehouse in 1982 and has since abandoned the property. A preliminary assessment of environmental conditions at the site have identified a number of contamination problems, including asbestos and possible PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

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>Election matchups set for Council, GOP races

BATAVIA -- Contests for four City Council seats and a Republican primary are set as the Genesee County Board of Elections Friday released names of candidates who had filed petitions by the deadline.

The Sept. 18 primary will pit challenger William E. Cox, a registered Republican who has the backing of the city's Democratic committee, against James C. Holvey Jr. for the Council's 1st Ward seat, won by Holvey four years ago. This is Cox's first run for office.

Democrats have fielded candidates for the four Council ward seats not held by their party. Kathleen Briggs from Ward 5 and Rose Mary Christian, Ward 6, are running unopposed.

The 2nd Ward's Marianne Clattenburg, appointed to the Council three months ago, is opposed by Bryan Odachowski, who holds the Conservative line. In the 3rd Ward, Samuel M. Barone is opposing incumbent Daniel P. Snyder, also completing his first term.

F. Robert Bialkowski has the GOP nod for the 4th Ward to succeed two-term member James R. Russell. He is opposed by Timothy Paine.

The Republicans currently hold a 5-4 majority on the Council.

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