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An anti-crime program for the Broadway-Fillmore area is being revived after the County Legislature restored the funding.

William Dunford, a retired public safety officer for the University at Buffalo and professor of criminal justice at Erie Community College, will be rehired by the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center (formerly the Polish Community Center) to serve as a police liaison and lead a crime-prevention initiative in the neighborhood.

The new program is nearly identical to one announced in May 2000 under a $15,000 grant from the county.

The program was working well, but the Legislature cut the funding, which now has been restored, Legislator Greg Olma, D-Buffalo, said Wednesday.

"It's basically going to be the same as before, only we've fine-tuned it with more emphasis on neighborhood safety issues," Olma said.

Dunford will meet with area residents, especially seniors, and educate them on crime prevention.

Meeting set on plan for Seneca Street

A public meeting on the creation of a community redevelopment plan for Seneca Street in South Buffalo is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Harvest House, 1782 Seneca.

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo has retained the planning department of Lovejoy District Neighborhood Revitalization Services to create a plan for Seneca Street and the adjoining residential streets between Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River.

The goal of the redevelopment plan is to answer three questions: What are the current conditions? What direction is the neighborhood going? Where would the community like to be in the future?

All residents of the Seneca Street area are invited to participate.

Information is available from Denise Herkey, a planner at the Lovejoy agency, at 896-5010, or Shyrl Duderwick, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, at 823-3630.

Housing agency adjusts funding ratio

In a move expected to reduce the city's subsidy to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority by more than $500,000, authority commissioners Wednesday changed the administrative cost allocation ratio between federal and state facilities to better reflect the current situation.

Demolition of nine of the 12 towers at the Frederick Douglass site for its conversion into senior citizen housing has reduced the number of state-financed units to 363. The number of federally financed units is 4,338.

To better reflect the change, the administrative ratio for funding has been changed from 83 percent federal, 17 percent state to 92 percent federal, 8 percent state, effective July 1, said Executive Director Sharon West.

Because the city has to make up the operating deficit of the state units, the move will save the city $551,725, she said.

The action came during a special meeting called to approve painting contracts.

Niagara Region police warn of hoaxes

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- After responding to several reports of suspicious packages and powder during the past three days, Niagara Regional Police are warning that practical jokes and hoaxes will not be tolerated.

And they may be prosecuted.

None of the investigations this week has resulted in threats or danger to residents, police said. And officers will continue to respond to calls for assistance.

But packages sent to intimidate or cause fear will result in criminal investigations, police said, and charges will be lodged in cases of hoaxes. The criminal code provides for jail terms of up to two years for those convicted of mischief and conveying a false message, police said.

Proper return addresses should be used on the outside of all correspondence, police said. Anyone who finds a suspicious package or substance is advised to isolate it and secure the area. People coming into contact with such materials should wash their hands immediately with soap and water, then call police.

New signal at N. Forest and Stahl

Reacting to residents' safety complaints, Amherst highway officials have installed a traffic signal at North Forest and Stahl roads, Highway Superintendent Thomas J. Wik said Wednesday.

Last year, area residents asked officials to study the corner and determine whether a light was needed, he said.

Officials of Erie County, which is responsible for North Forest Road, also recently approved the light.

Students will profit from pop sales

The Cleveland Hill School Board voted Wednesday night to share some of the district's pouring-rights profits with those who are responsible for earning them -- the students.

Of the roughly $25,000 in profits the district was paid by Coca-Cola in the first year of the exclusive deal, $10,000 will go into a new account -- exclusively for students.

The Principal's Coca-Cola Activity Account is being set aside to pay for assemblies, special events and other activities that benefit students at the elementary, middle and senior high schools.

Seventy percent of the funds will go toward activities at the middle and high schools, based on higher consumption by those students. The remaining 30 percent is designated for elementary pupils.

The board asked for an annual review of the division of funds, as well as a report on how the money is spent.

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