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RUSSI NAMED PAROLE BOARD CHIEF

Former Buffalo police Detective Raul Russi has been nominated chairman of the state Parole Board, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The appointment, which must be confirmed by the State Senate, comes a year after Cuomo named Russi to the 17-member panel. Sources said Russi took the job last year with assurances that he would become the board's next chairman.

Raul Rodriguez, the present chairman, has been seeking a new position for more than a year. In a letter to Cuomo, Rodriguez said he will become president of Columbia-Greene Medical Center July 31.

Russi, 44, was superintendent of the Erie County Holding Center before his appointment to the Parole Board. A graduate of D'Youville and Hilbert colleges, Russi was with the Buffalo Police Department from 1971 to 1986.

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