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CANDELARIO, COLSTON ARE RE-ELECTED TO TOP POSTS ON BUFFALO MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD

Modesto Candelario was re-elected Thursday as chairman of the board of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, and Sherrill Colston was re-elected vice chairwoman.

It was the third consecutive election for both as officers on the authority's board of commissioners.

Meanwhile, a new tenant representative took his seat on the board for the first time Thursday. Troy O. Duncan, a three-year resident at Commodore Perry Homes, was elected in a special tenant election held last month. Duncan will serve out the unexpired term of Mohamed A. Mohamed, who resigned from the board earlier this year after he moved out of public housing.

In other news, the board:

Approved a one-year contract with the Camp Fire Council of Buffalo and Erie County for $62,400 to develop a program that aims to instill community and family values in youngsters in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The program will serve about 180 youths residing in A.D. Price Courts, Lakeview Homes and Jasper Parrish.

Approved an agreement with the city's Coalition for Employment and Economic Development to train public housing and city residents as building maintenance mechanics with the housing authority.The program seeks to train 75 people over a two-year period. The city and housing authority will split the $255,474 cost of the program.

Approved a plan by Paradigm Consultants aimed at improving the marketing of Buffalo's public housing.

Approved $10,000 for the Community Outreach Partnership Program to buy basic computer- literacy software that will be loaded into 20 personal computers owned by the authority and located in Kensington High School. The program, a partnership of the authority, Kensington High School, the Bob Lanier Center and the University at Buffalo, is designed to enhance job-search efforts by housing authority tenants.

Agreed to begin final negotiations to open a residential treatment facility for mothers who are alcoholics or drug addicts. The program would operate out of a currently occupied building at the Kenfield Homes. It would be run in partnership with the Geneva B. Scruggs Center, Lake Shore Substance Abuse Program, Erie County and the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

"There's not another program like this in Western New York that keeps women and their children together," said Sharon West, the authority's executive director.

Meanwhile, Candelario announced that the board will seek to meet with the architects of the Peace Bridge expansion to determine how it might affect a multimillion-dollar demolition and reconfiguration of the Lakeview Homes Development planned by the authority.

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