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Mychajliw endorsed by Conservative Party

Stefan Mychajliw announced Friday that he has received the Conservative Party's endorsement for Erie County comptroller.

A formal announcement is expected Sunday, but Mychajliw -- a former WGRZ-TV 2 reporter -- confirmed Friday on his Facebook page that he received the endorsement from the Conservatives and said he expects to receive the Republican and Independence Party endorsements.

"We need an independent watchdog monitoring politicians and how they spend our tax dollars," said Mychajliw, 38, who now runs his own public relations agency and served as a spokesman for former County Executive Chris Collins' failed re-election campaign last fall.

"Right now the fox is guarding the hen house," Mychajliw said of the current administration. "I have a strong track record of holding politicians in power accountable by uncovering fraud, waste and abuse as a tough as nails investigative reporter."

The office is currently held by interim comptroller David J. Shenk, a Democrat, who Thursday received the backing of the county Democratic Party Executive Committee. The winner of this November's special election will fill the last year left in Mark C. Poloncarz's term.

Poloncarz left the office when he was elected county executive.

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Preservation group holds award event at Statler

Preservation Buffalo Niagara bestowed its 2012 Preservation Award on a number of organizations and individuals this week before an audience of 400 in Statler City's Golden Ballroom.

The award-winners were:

*Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse -- Lofts @136-Alling Cory Building; Hedstrom Caretaker's Cottages; Hiram Day Mansion; 223 Lafayette Ave.; ZeptoMetrix; Artspace Buffalo Lofts.

*Preservation Craft -- Buffalo Plastering and Architectural Casting.

*Preservation Spirit -- Nathan Comstock Jr. House-Odd Fellows Orphanage.

*Stewardship -- Mary Holland-Buffalo Religious Arts Center.

*Neighborhood Conservation -- Christopher Brown; Linwood Preservation District.

*Preservation Planning/Reconstruction -- Roycroft Campus Master Plan & Roycroft Powerhouse.

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Spring concert to aid Operation Good Neighbor

A spring concert to benefit Operation Good Neighbor in the Southtowns will be held Sunday afternoon at Blessed John Paul II Church.

The 2:30 p.m. concert at the 2052 Lakeview Road church in Lakeview will feature Cory Gallagher and Emily Tworek-Helenbrook.

All of the proceeds will benefit Operation Good Neighbor and will be used to buy food from the Food Bank to provide to those less fortunate. Organizers say that many of the people who receive food from Operation Good Neighbor are living 30 percent below the poverty level.

Tickets are $7. They are on sale at Blessed John Paul II Church and will also be available at the door of the concert or by calling Ann Brown at 627-7211, or Operation Good Neighbor at 627-5194.