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Postal carriers to seek food donations Saturday

For the 20th year, postal carriers in Western New York and across the U.S. will collect food donations for the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, the nation's biggest annual single-day food drive, as they deliver the mail Saturday.

Postal carriers ask people on their routes to leave a sturdy bag of nonperishable food -- such as canned soup, canned vegetables, rice, pasta or cereal -- next to their mailboxes. Food items also can be dropped off in the lobby of any post office.

Donations locally go to the Food Bank of Western New York and other food banks throughout the area. In Niagara County, donations are distributed to 29 agencies through the United Way of Greater Niagara.

The Buffalo Postal District repeatedly has been among the top donors and last year was ranked third in the nation. This year the goal is to collect two million pounds of food. The drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Bridge, tower going green for mental health awareness

The Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont., and the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo will be lit green Saturday evening in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Crisis Services in Buffalo, noting that one in four Americans live with a treatable mental health condition, is encouraging people ask for help and information for themselves or friends and family members by calling 834-3131 any time of day or by visiting www.crisisservices.org.

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Cuomo appoints Brown to 13-member task force

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has been named to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's 13-member New York Works Task Force, which will prioritize the building and rebuilding of bridges, highways and parks.

Brown is the only Western New York member of the task force, which was established in the 2012-13 state budget.

Brown noted that the task force "is designed to change how the state invests in, plans and builds infrastructure projects throughout the state."

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Public interviews set for South District seat

The Buffalo Common Council will conduct a second set of public interviews for the vacant South District seat Tuesday morning.

The five candidates to be interviewed are Frank Badaszewski, an employee of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; James J. Creahan, a former border agent; Kevin M. Lafferty, a detention officer; Christopher P. Scanlon, an assistant manager with Western New York Pub Group; and Thomas J. Sullivan, a former aide to West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan.

The interviews will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The candidates submitted resumes as part of the second round of the search to fill the South seat, vacated when Michael P. Kearns was elected to the Assembly in a special election March 20. The second round follows a first round during which none of the candidates emerged with enough Coucil support.