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Hearing planned to air opinions on stadium

Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant said Tuesday she plans to hold a public hearing to give citizens a chance to weigh in on the future of Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Grant, D-Buffalo, said she will schedule a meeting later this month so that people who are calling for the construction of a domed stadium in downtown Buffalo can air their opinions.

Pat Freeman, sports director at WUFO 1080-AM radio, appeared before the Legislature's Economic Development Committee along with other leaders to ask county lawmakers to press for the construction of a new stadium, rather than the renovation of the existing county-owned stadium in Orchard Park.

Negotiations with the Buffalo Bills over the team's lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium are being handled by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Peter Anderson, a spokesman for Poloncarz, said the administration plans to meet with Freeman later this month but said, "The county executive's focus is on renegotiating the Bills' lease in their current location."

Grant has not yet chosen a date for the public hearing.



Catholic Charities hits 91 percent of goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has raised $9.6 million in cash and pledges -- nearly 91 percent of its $10.6 million goal.

The 88th annual appeal concludes June 30. The human services agency serves about 140,000 clients each year, half of whom are not Catholic.



Library will be closed for electrical work

The Aurora Town Public Library, 550 Main St., East Aurora, will be closed today and Thursday so needed electrical work can be completed.

Upgrades will be made to the electrical boxes that serve the entire building, and wiring and electrical boxes for the air conditioning units will be replaced. Part of the cost of the work is being paid for by a 2010 state construction grant, and the balance will come from the town.



Public campaign funding will be meeting topic

"Fair Elections for New York," a town hall meeting to push for public financing of election campaigns, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in 1199 SEIU headquarters, 2421 Main St., Suite 100.

The panel includes: Rob Werner, national field director for Americans for Campaign Reform, who will give an overview of the problem and solutions; Paul Schuh of the Working Families Party and the UAW, who will talk about the importance of the issue to unions and working people; Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who will describe the impact on elected officials; Ellen Kennedy, a former candidate for public office who will describe the challenges of raising money; and Citizen Action of New York board members Jim Anderson and Ros Hampton, who will talk about how campaign contributions impact on issues such as hydraulic fracturing and health care.