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GIAMBRA PLANS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH LOCAL LEADERS

County Executive Joel A.Giambra's administration will be keeping close contact with town supervisors and mayors, the local leaders learned Thursday night.

"Joel is very, very committed to the concept of collaboration and cooperation between municipalities," Deputy County Executive Carl J. Calabrese told members of the Association of Erie County Governments.

Calabrese, who was a member of the association when he was Town of Tonawanda supervisor, attended the group's installation dinner at the Quaker Room in Orchard Park on Thursday for Giambra.

"He's in the office every day at 8:30 and stays until 4, when he leaves to have his radiation treatment," Calabrese said of the county executive, adding that Giambra is spending evenings and weekends at home. "But just because he's home doesn't mean he's not working," Calabrese said.

Giambra underwent surgery last month for cancer in his throat. Calabrese said the county executive does plan to meet with the association.

"We have a lot of ideas that have come to us. I think we're all on the same page on a lot of stuff," said Bruce L. Fisher, Giambra's chief of staff.

Calabrese installed Mary Weinman, Wales supervisor, as this year's president of the group. Also installed were the vice president, Peter McMahon, Grand Island supervisor, and board members: Tonawanda City Mayor Alice Roth, West Seneca Supervisor Paul Clark, Boston Supervisor Lisa Rood, Lancaster Supervisor Robert Giza, Hamburg Village Mayor John Thomas and Sloan Mayor Ken Pokorski.

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