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Seven by Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. If and when the City of Buffalo goes from "control period" to "advisory period" under the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, will it be ready to make the transition? City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder thinks some proper financial regulations must be set up. At 10 a.m. in the 12th-floor conference room at City Hall, he will introduce the Buffalo Fiscal Integrity Act. Among other things, it would amend the City Charter to require an annual four-year financial plan.

2. What should fair elections look like in New York State? An expert panel will discuss the Fair Elections campaign reforms now being proposed in Albany in a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Service Employees International Union headquarters, 2421 Main St. The panel will include Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Paul Schuh of the United Auto Workers and Working Families Party and Rob Werner of Americans for Campaign Reform. Moderator will be Buffalo News urban affairs editor and columnist Rod Watson.

3. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Rep. Brian Higgins and Mayor Byron W. Brown will head the crowd of federal and local dignitaries taking part in a ceremony at 1 p.m. that will formally dedicate the new U.S. Courthouse in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand have announced plans to have the building named for Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown, the only U.S. Supreme Court justice from Western New York.

4. Now that spring has truly arrived, the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park will be coming alive with activities this month. The first of them takes place this evening -- Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate, a Girls Night Out Beauty Book event sponsored by Buffalo Spree magazine. From 5:30 to 9, there will be displays from beauty, style, spa and retail merchants, a fashion art exhibition, tastings from Curly's Grill & Banquet Center and a cash bar. Tickets are $15. For information, call 783-9119, Ext. 2002.

5. The public has a chance to speak on a proposal to create an animal abuse registry in Erie County when the County Legislature holds a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. in Legislature Chambers at Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St. The proposed local law, introduced last month by Lancaster Legislator Terrence D. McCracken, would create an online catalog of photographs and addresses of people convicted of animal cruelty in the county. They would be prohibited from owning or buying an animal for five years, and anyone who sells them an animal would be subject to a fine.

6. Thinking of going to Erie Community College? You can find out everything you need to know when the college holds an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at all three of its campuses -- City Campus, 121 Ellicott St. in downtown Buffalo; North Campus, 6205 Main St., Amherst; and South Campus, 5050 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. There will be tours and information about degree programs, scholarships, financial aid and four-year transfer possibilities. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away at the end of the sessions.

7. Those pictures in the magazines in the supermarket checkout line will come to life at 8 p.m. in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Four of the hunky stars of the daytime television soap opera "General Hospital" -- Steve Burton (who stars as mobster Jason), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Scott Reeves (Steve, the hospital's chief of staff) -- will take the stage in their classic rock band, Port Chuck, which takes its name from the show's fictional hometown, Port Charles. Depending on how big a fan you are, tickets range from $40 for general admission to $250 for a meet-and-greet pass and access to the 5 p.m. sound check.

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