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CONSTITUENT SERVICE OFFICE APPROVED

A constituent service office where information from all levels of government will be available will be established in the Broadway Market.

The location recently opened as a three-day-a-week district office for Fillmore Council Member Karen Ellington, but details are not finalized.

The market's board of directors Thursday decided against charging the city $200-a-month rent for the office because the market also is city-owned.

Board member Peter Cammarata suggested the office be open to all levels of government as a place where information could be made available to residents. Ellington aide Bob Brown said that would be fine.

Board members said anything that draws people into the market is a benefit, but some expressed skepticism about a police satellite office. Dan Glowacki called the market's previous experience with such an office "a fiasco" because it was never staffed.

The space will be available only as long as it is not needed for retail space, the board agreed.

Historical Society, Herschell get grants

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and the Herschell Carousel Factory Museum have been awarded a total of $183,832 by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Historical Society, which received a $112,500 grant, and the North Tonawanda museum, which got $61,322, were among 178 institutions nationwide designated by the agency as "exemplary museums." More than 800 applied for the grants.

Grant recipients are free to spend the money as they see fit to improve overall service, the institute said.

County to honor disabled employees

Winners of Erie County's annual award for disabled employees will be honored during a reception with County Executive Joel A. Giambra on Wednesday.

Six award winners will be honored for their efforts in the workplace during National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, said Emily Kaznica of the county's Office for the Disabled.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Van Miller Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giambra will present awards to the winners at 7:15. Winners are people in Erie County who have shown dedication and exceptional job performance in their fields, Kaznica said.

The award winners for 2001 are Wayne Charnock, an entrepreneur; Lorelei Fritton, a student at Erie Community College; Debbie Glinski, a Wal-Mart employee; Louis Martorana, a clerk and mail messenger for Erie County's Social Services Department; Linda Michaels, a teacher's assistant at St. Mary's School for the Deaf; and Timothy Regan, a guidance counselor for the Lackawanna City School District.

Final primary tallies due next week

Erie County elections officials say it will be late next week before final tallies from a number of close primary elections -- including a razor-thin contest for Family Court judge -- will be determined.

Laurence F. Adamczyk, Democratic elections commissioner, said Thursday that only 38 votes separate Patricia A. Maxwell from Lisa Bloch Rodwin in Democratic primary voting for Family Court judge conducted Tuesday.

"The problem is it's a big race and it's so close," Adamczyk said. "It's going to take time."

Maxwell, a Republican competing in the Democratic primary, has 14,476 votes, compared with Rodwin's 15,438.

A number of other close contests, particularly in the Independence Party, will also be determined late next week, Adamczyk said.

Sales tax receipts rise in September

Erie County's sales tax receipts in September were up from the same month a year ago, but county officials are cautioning that there may be a downturn soon.

County Comptroller Nancy A. Naples said Thursday that the county received $33,342,944 in sales tax in September, about $460,000 higher than was collected in September 2000.

"Even before the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, I cautioned about the sensitivity of sales tax collections to the economy," Naples said. "Only time will tell to what degree the recent events will impact the sales tax revenue of Erie County."

The county has passed on nearly $16.2 million of the September sales tax receipts to local cities, towns, villages and school districts, Naples said.

Police officers attend bias training

About 40 area police officers attended a training session this week on how to avoid problems of racial and ethnic bias in law enforcement.

The all-day session was sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department's office of Community Resource Services and was held Wednesday in the Erie County Central Police Services training facility on Oak Street.

Participants came from the police departments in Cheektowaga, Buffalo, Amherst, Lackawanna and West Seneca, in addition to the State Police, the Erie County Sheriff's Department and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Police. Also taking part were representatives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other community organizations.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter said Cheektowaga Police Chief Bruce Chamberlin asked the Justice Department for training assistance after a number of bias complaints were made against his department last winter. She noted that Central Police Services officials are also working on a more extensive, countywide training program.

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