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Monroe County DA picked for judgeship in Rochester

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Wednesday nominated Michael Green, the district attorney in Monroe County, to serve as a federal judge in the Western District of New York, based in Rochester.

Green has served as DA since 2004. Previously, he was a prosecutor in the DA's Office, serving in several positions.

The White House said in a statement that Green has tried more than 100 felony cases, including 40 homicide cases. A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, he received his law degree in 1986 from Western New England College School of Law.

The Western District has courthouses and judges in both Rochester and Buffalo.

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Mayor appoints Williams to Common Council vacancy

OLEAN -- Renee Williams has been appointed by Mayor Linda Witte to fill the vacancy on the Common Council in Ward 4, effective Tuesday.

The Democrat is a longtime city resident, attended local colleges and lives with her husband, Tim, and two children on Fifth Street.

Witte said eight candidates were interviewed. "We liked her energy, and she's eager to help," the mayor said. Williams replaced Linda Edstrom, a Republican, who was elected to the Cattaraugus County Legislature on Jan. 1.

Witte said Williams was appointed to the Public Safety, Youth & Recreation, City Operations and Finance committees.

She will serve until Dec. 31 and must seek election to a two-year term in November, if she so chooses.

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Election of officers slated for Planning Board meeting

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Planning Board will meet today in the County Center to elect new officers and hear a report on the 2010 census.

The session will include information on a proposed wind project in South Valley and several special use permits.

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Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to appear in Quick Center

OLEAN -- The Moscow-based Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 in St. Bonaventure University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

It is the fifth concert in this season's "Friends of Good Music" annual concert series.

Founded in 1991, the orchestra consists of some of Russia's finest young string players, under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky, its founder and music director.

"Concertgoers are in for a special treat," said Ludwig Brunner, program director for the Quick Center.

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $20 at full cost, $16 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center box office at 375-2494.

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