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CHEEKTOWAGA ON GUARD AGAINST Y2K DIFFICULTIES

Key Cheektowaga officials will work New Year's Eve because of the potential for problems related to Y2K computer glitches, town Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak said Tuesday.

"We don't expect anything to happen, but at the same time we don't want to take any chances, either," he said.

Town highway and police officials -- and the supervisor -- will be among those spending the early hours of the new year in a special command post.

"I figured if all these people were coming in at my direction, then I'd better be there, too, but I have to admit it's not exactly the way I had intended to spend New Year's," Gabryszak remarked.

The town's internal computer system is Y2K-compliant, he said.

However, officials said they want to be able to react immediately if, for example, there are power outages, traffic light failures or an unusual number of calls for emergency medical assistance. Fire department personnel will be on alert, with all town fire halls linked to the command post, Gabryszak said.

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