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CLEANUP OK MEANS WOMAN CAN BREATHE EASIER

The Erie County Legislature today cleared the way to pay $3,200 to a woman who claims she is physically suffering because of fumes from recent road repairs.

Legislators also cleared their own way for seven weeks of active campaigning for re-election to their $42,588-a-year jobs.

In a session that lasted less than three minutes, Legislators voted, 16-0, to approve $3,200 to pay for workers and cleaning supplies promised by the Public Works Department to Barbara Ruel of Marilla.

Ms. Ruel, who links her breathing problems to extreme chemical sensitivities, complained that she suffered a series of seizures when repairs of Liberia Road outside her home inadvertently went ahead last month.

Public Works officials had assured advocates acting on her behalf that the work would not start until mid-1998.

Legislators now begin a summer recess. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8. But Legislature Chairman Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, said he will call another special meeting with 48 hours' notice if the Gorski administration and the Buffalo Bills agree to extend the Rich Stadium lease.

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