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PATAKI DISTRIBUTES FLOOD DISASTER AID

Gov. George E. Pataki Friday distributed more than $2.3 million in flood disaster aid for storm damage suffered last spring and summer.

Payments were made to 84 municipalities throughout the state. The 2000 storms caused intense flooding and wind damage, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for 28 New York counties.

Payments included:

Erie County: Amherst, $50,175; Erie County Bureau of Forestry, $23,819; Town of Boston, $41,594; Eden, $325; and Buffalo, $21,367.

Allegany County: The county, $33,285; Centerville, $90,867; Granger, $3,902; New Hudson, $23,940; and West Almond, $45,775.

Cattaraugus County: The county, $12,157; and Salamanca, $743.

Phone poll on drugs, alcohol slated

JAMESTOWN -- Adults in Chautauqua County will be surveyed next week on their perceptions and attitudes toward use of drugs and alcohol by youth.

The telephone survey will be conducted Monday and Tuesday by the Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, according to Program Director Kathy Colby. Colby said the information will help the council with program development.

The council hopes to survey 350 people. Interviews will be conducted between 5 and 8 p.m., and should take only three to five minutes to complete, she said.

Man arrested in wake of brawl

JAMESTOWN -- A city man accused of beating another man in a fight on North Main Street is in Chautauqua County Jail without bail.

City police said Robert Beaumont, 35, of Pine Street, got into an argument at about 1:40 a.m. Thursday outside a bar. Officers said the brawl escalated, with Beaumont kicking the other man 10 to 20 times with a steel-toed boot.

Police said the injured man was treated at WCA Hospital and released.

Beaumont, also charged with resisting arrest, was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Mayville Jail Friday.

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