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The Clarence Town Board Wednesday approved a public hearing to be held at 7:45 p.m. March 28 regarding the rezoning of 21 acres off Keller Road, east of Goodrich Road, from agricultural to residential land.

The rezoning would pave the way for development of the Keller Road Estates subdivision, which would contain 38 lots and three cul-de-sacs and require new entry points north of Keller Road and an extension of Deerview Lane.

The board also approved a new facade renovation for the Vix Plaza at 4101 Transit Road between Main Street and Wehrle Drive.

Finally, council members discussed the need for more residential developers to share in the town's increased transportation and roadwork costs resulting from the higher traffic levels caused by new developments.

Amherst justice to seek a third term

Amherst Town Justice Mark G. Farrell has announced he will seek re-election this November to a third term.

Farrell, a Democrat, is one of two part-time town judges in what has been called the second-largest local court in the state.

He is credited with opening the first suburban drug treatment court and setting up the first domestic violence court in Erie County. He also helped to create the Amherst Youth Court.

A graduate of the University at Buffalo and UB Law School, he has 28 years of experience as a trial lawyer in private practice. He serves on the executive committees of the State Magistrates Association and State Drug Treatment Court Professionals Association.

Town justices serve four-year terms and earn $42,000 a year.

Eve, Hoyt oppose merging facilities

Assembly Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt said Wednesday that they oppose Gov. George E. Pataki's plan to move the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

The governor has said he wants to fund a cost-of-living raise for psychiatric workers by closing and merging facilities across the state.

"Economic impact should always take a back seat to what's best for children," Hoyt said. "The child-friendly atmosphere of the West Seneca facility is far more appropriate than the institutional adult facility."

Eve said a cost-of-living increase is overdue, but not "on the backs of children."

The Erie County Community Service Board voted recently to oppose the merger plan, noting that the children's facility was moved away from Buffalo Psychiatric Center nearly 30 years ago for the benefit of the children.

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