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PANEL OPPOSES EASING DEADLINE ON PUBLIC ACCESS

The panel that advises the Common Council on public access television Tuesday rejected extending a deadline that would give the Buffalo School Board time to consider a plan to provide public-access programming on Channel 10.

The Public Policy Access Board voted unanimously not to endorse any extension. The deadline was noon Monday.

The School Board is considering the proposal of David Hess, principal of the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. Details of Hess' and three other proposals were not released during the meeting.

Nevertheless, North Council Member David P. Rutecki said the Council's Cable Television Committee will consider extending the deadline.

Hess wrote a letter to Rutecki, the chairman of the cable committee, asking that the deadline be extended. Rutecki said Hess' plan has not been endorsed by the School Board.

"Extending the deadline would be unfair to groups that have already submitted," said Jay Burney, chairman of the policy board.

The group that provides public access television will have a capital budget of $120,000 and an annual budget of $80,000 provided by TCI of New York, the company that owns the cable television franchise in the city.

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