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>Appeal considered on order to rebid ECC parking

The Erie County government is considering an appeal of the court-ordered rebidding of Erie Community College's parking lot operations, the county's chief attorney said Thursday.

Meanwhile, students at ECC's downtown campus have interim use of a parking lot at Sheehan Memorial Hospital, on Michigan Avenue near Clinton Street.

During a sometimes-acrimonious public information session of the Erie County Legislature's Community Enrichment Committee, County Attorney Laurence K. Rubin said a decision on whether to challenge State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek's October ruling is imminent.

Rubin threatened to walk out of the meeting called by committee Chairwoman Michele M. Ianello as James T. Sandoro, the downtown parking lot owner who won the court ruling last month, complained about a political "fix" he believes improperly ended his 12-year parking deal with the college.

Rubin warned Ianello that the parking lot dispute "is a matter that is still in litigation" as he urged the Democratic legislator to exercise "caution" on the issue.

Sandoro complained of having been blocked from this year's bidding, and ECC interim President William D. Reuter confirmed that the college's board of trustees on Oct. 24 voted to pay Sheehan $55 a month per space for 108 spaces on its lot until a contract is accepted.

Reuter said the college's board plans to have the county control board review a proposed three-year lease for parking five blocks away at the hospital, which he said is about a three-minute walk from the downtown campus.


>Gay and lesbian group will honor two women

Local educators and activists Elizabeth "Babs" Conant and Camille Cox will be honored at Gay & Lesbian Youth Services 24th anniversary celebration Nov. 15 at The Church, 341 Delaware Ave.

Conant and Cox, longtime members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, have represented the local gay and lesbian community at numerous events and educational workshops they established.

There also will be presentation of community and youth awards. Honorary chairman is Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. Tickets are $60. For information, call 855-0221.

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