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Koelmel and Flynn OK'd for Power Authority board

ALBANY -- The State Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a Buffalo banker and a former top federal prosecutor from Western New York to the New York Power Authority board of trustees.

John Koelmel, the head of First Niagara Financial Group, is next due to be tapped by the NYPA board as its new chairman. The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Koelmel to the board, along with Terrance Flynn, a Buffalo lawyer and former U.S. attorney for Western New York, and Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney.

The NYPA, the nation's largest state-owned power generator, is at the center of a major new effort to improve the state's aging power transmission and generation infrastructure.



Corporate Challenge brings traffic advisory

Motorists are advised to avoid Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood between 4 and 10 p.m. Thursday, when the 32nd annual JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge will bring throngs of runners, support staff and partygoers to Delaware Park. Organizers expect 13,500 runners and walkers from 450 companies to take part.

The Parkside Avenue exit from the Scajaquada Expressway will be heavily traveled between 4 and 7 p.m. Heavy traffic also will be encountered around Buffalo State College, where participants are being advised to park and where free shuttle buses will be operating. No parking will be allowed on the grass in Delaware Park or at Medaille College.

Parts of Delaware Avenue and several side streets near the park will be closed for several hours before and during the 3.5-mile race, which begins at 6:45.

The shuttles will run between Buffalo State College and the park from 4 to 6:15 p.m. before the race and from 8:30 to 10 p.m. afterward. For information, visit



Food Bank to get $20,000 for nutritious kid meals

The Citizens Bank Foundation will present a $20,000 grant today to the Food Bank of Western New York to provide free nutritious meals for youngsters this summer. Following the presentation at 10 a.m. at Food Bank headquarters at 91 Holt St., Citizens Bank volunteers will help sort food donations and pack them for delivery to local food pantries.

The grant is part of an overall donation of $80,000 from the foundation to food banks across the state to combat childhood hunger this summer. The funds were provided through the foundation's Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative.



Plaintiffs file appeal on Crystal Beach condos

Plaintiffs have appealed an unsuccessful civil suit that attempted to halt the Crystal Beach Gateway condominium development in Fort Erie, Ont.

The ruling, in Ontario Superior Court of Justice, upheld the Town of Fort Erie's contractual arrangements with the Molinaro Group, the project's developer. The plaintiffs were also ordered to pay $135,774 in costs incurred by the town and developer.