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ACLU will handle voters' complaints

The Western Regional Office of the New York Civil Liberties Union has announced that its lawyers, staff and volunteers will be available today to field questions and complaints at its voters' rights telephone hotline.

The regional number is 332-4658.

The hotline is aimed at answering questions and complaints from voters about broken voting machines, requests that voters provide personal identification that is not legally required and errors that are contained in lists of registered voters.

The American Civil Liberties Union also fields complaints from physically disabled voters who allege a lack of assistance in getting access to voting booths.

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Comerford to head hospital security

Former Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services Kevin J. Comerford has been appointed to head security operations at Erie County Medical Center.

Comerford was selected to serve as the hospital's director of security and safety management following a national search by Erie County Medical Center Corp. officials.

He will oversee all security operations and security staff at the 65-acre medical campus.

Comerford, 65, served as commissioner of Erie County central police services since 1999. Before that, he was a Buffalo police officer, having served in the Patrol Division as a lieutenant, captain and inspector.

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Public discussion slated on Olmsted Parks plan

The final public meeting to discuss the Olmsted Parks Conservancy's 20-year management plan will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Buffalo Museum of Science.

There will be a presentation and discussion of plans for the 1,200-acre park and parkway system, including designs for the restoration of each park. Comments and suggestions from the public session will be used to sharpen the plan before a final version is unveiled in early 2008. For more information, call 838-1249, Ext. 17.

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