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School Board polling site upheld in judge's ruling

The City of Lackawanna can't prevent the Lackawanna City School District from using one of its municipal buildings as a polling site for School Board elections and a budget vote later this month, a State Supreme Court justice ruled Monday.

The district will move ahead with a plan to use the Bocce Court building in the Bethlehem Park section of the city as its 1st Ward polling site, despite opposition from some residents who say the site is too difficult for many 1st Ward voters to access.

The City Council on April 16 tabled the district's request to use the site for the May 15 elections. Some Council members subsequently attended School Board meetings, hoping to request two polling places for the 1st Ward.

But board members declined to discuss the issue further and instead pursued an Article 78 legal proceeding in State Supreme Court.

Justice Patrick NeMoyer heard the case Monday afternoon and sided with the school district, ruling that the city was obligated under state election law to provide the facility.


Billittier named dean of Health Professions School

Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, who served as Erie County health commissioner from 2000 until earlier this year, has been named dean of the School of Health Professions at D'Youville College, effective today.

Billittier, an emergency physician at Erie County Medical Center since 1991, will continue in that position on a part-time basis. A graduate of Geneseo State College, he earned his medical degree from the University at Buffalo and is an associate professor at the UB Medical School.

"D'Youville is indeed fortunate to have a gentleman of Dr. Billittier's capabilities and talents on staff," said Sister Denise A. Roche, D'Youville president.


State Senate approves 'Amanda Lynn's Law'

Efforts to conceal a death by moving or hiding a human corpse would become a felony offense punishable by a state prison term of up to seven years if "Amanda Lynn's Law," sponsored by State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, becomes law.

The State Senate passed the bill Monday. The Assembly and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have yet to consider the proposal, based on the continuing investigation over the January 2009 discovery of Amanda Lynn Wienckowski, of Lewiston, whose naked, frozen body was found in a tote outside a Buffalo church.

Grisanti's bill would make such a crime a misdemeanor criminal offense.


Drug drop-off yields 13,000 pounds of medication

Western New York residents turned in a record 13,000 pounds of prescription drugs to federal authorities Saturday.

The drug drop-off, held at dozens of local locations, was part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a campaign to reduce the supply of unwanted and unneeded drugs.