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EX-EDITOR SENTENCED TO WEEKENDS IN JAIL

Henry J. Simon, former editor of the Buffalo Jewish Review, was ordered Thursday evening to spend the next several weekends in jail when sentenced for driving while impaired and other charges stemming from his arrest in Kenmore on Sept. 15.

Kenmore Village Justice J. Mark Gruber gave Simon a 30-day intermittent sentence, which will be served Friday through Sunday, beginning next Friday.

Simon, 56, a former Buffalo television personality and a former employee of Erie County Surrogate's Court, was convicted in a nonjury trial last month of driving while impaired, resisting arrest, reckless driving and not wearing a seat belt. His tenure as editor of the Jewish Review ended in October.

He was fined $300 and placed on three years' probation, and his driver's license was suspended for 90 days. He also was ordered to pay a $125 civil penalty for resisting arrest and was required to attend a victim-impact session and undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Simon must fulfil the court requirements before he can apply for reinstatement of his driver's license. Gruber confiscated Simon's license in September.

Before sentencing, Simon had contended that if he was given a jail sentence, it would cause "the virtual death of my mother," according to the witness.

Simon had accused Kenmore police of beating him and taunting him with anti-Semitic slurs. At that time, police were stopping all motorists on Kenmore Avenue to check on seat belt use.

Simon was charged by Buffalo police in April 1999 with driving while impaired by alcohol. In that case, he was fined $300 and his license was suspended.

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