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State grant application for $75,000 finalized

NIAGARA FALLS -- An application for a $75,000 state grant to attract new tourists has been finalized by Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston. The application is awaiting approval by the Empire State Development Corp.

The money would be matched by a $75,000 grant from the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. to promote incoming traffic to Niagara Falls International Airport. Ceretto said this is the first time that grants would be used to promote incoming air traffic to Niagara Falls.

"This money will help attract new tourists and their money to our parks, restaurants and other local attractions, which will help to create jobs and grow the Niagara Falls economy," the assemblyman said.

He added that it would advertise "the affordability, convenience and ease of travel" that the local airport offers.



Another public hearing set on commercial dog kennel

LOCKPORT -- Although the Town of Lockport Planning Board already has approved a special-use permit for a commercial dog kennel, a public hearing will have to be held next week.

Chief Building Inspector Brian M. Belson said Tuesday that the board has to hold another hearing at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road, because the Town of Pendleton wasn't informed of the last one.

Such notification is required when a project is near a town boundary. The kennel, planned by Janet Zehr of Newfane, is to be built on Robinson Road, which forms part of the Lockport-Pendleton border.

Belson said it was up to the board members whether they wanted to reconsider their April 18 approval of the 5,200-square-foot kennel on a 4.47-acre lot.



Catholic Health chosen as a program 'mentor'

The Catholic Health System has been selected as one of 18 "mentors" in New York's Digital Health Accelerator program.

The program, which is coordinated by the New York City Investment Fund and New York eHealth Collaborative, will choose 12 companies that are developing new technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for providers.

Each chosen company will be awarded up to $300,000 along with mentoring from executives at the participating hospitals and other health care providers.

The focus of the program is the development of products to help the state's Medicaid Health Home initiative, which aims to better manage care to the most expensive Medicaid patients.

Catholic Health is a participant in the Health Home initiative.



IDA plans to conduct special meeting Thursday

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Transit Grille, 5185 Transit Road.

The agenda includes a review of the IDA's strategic plan and its Enhancement Zone and policy.