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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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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 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 information, call 838-1249, Ext. 17.

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Old library will be site of small-business incubator

Buffalo is opening a new small-business incubator on the city's East Side.

Mayor Byron W. Brown announced plans Monday to convert the former East Utica Library on East Utica Street near Jefferson Avenue into a business incubator for eight growing companies.

The $1.2 million project is being financed with $500,000 from the city, $410,000 in federal funds and $300,000 from the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp.

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