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LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County Legislator Benjamin Calabro died after being stricken Wednesday night outside the County Center.

Calabro, D-Salamanca, had attended legislative committee meetings and left after 7 p.m. An unidentified woman found him lying in the parking lot and called the sheriff's office to seek help, a radio dispatcher said.

Calabro was taken to Olean General Hospital by Little Valley Fire Department ambulance. Coroner Bradley M. Spink said he was pronounced dead shortly after being admitted to the emergency room. The veteran legislator, known widely as a sports advocate, operated Central Lanes and Crist Restaurant in Salamanca.

Genesee panel may oppose plaza move

PEMBROKE -- Concerned Citizens for Pembroke, a month-old grass-roots effort aimed at discouraging the Thruway Authority from moving its toll plaza from Williamsville to Pembroke, may have gained another official ally.

The Genesee County Legislature's Public Service Committee listened sympathetically about safety concerns and increased traffic at a toll plaza, Exit 48A, that is already a bottleneck during the summer, especially for music concerts at nearby Six Flags Darien Lake.

The Pembroke Town Board, the Genesee Association of Municipalities and the Western Genesee Business Association oppose the move. Assemblymen Daniel J. Burling, R-Alexander, and Charles H. Nesbitt, R-Albion, have indicated support, according to Barb Garrett of Corfu, who heads the group.

The Thruway Authority has given no indication on when a final decision will be made. A site in the Town of Newstead in Erie county is also said to be under consideration.

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