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BATAVIA -- Richard M. Borrell is the new chairman of the city's Democratic Party, succeeding William G. Fava, a former City Council member, who has headed the organization for the past six years.

Borrell is making a second try for a county legislative seat, running against Republican John J. Hodgins. Fava is also a candidate for the Legislature, hoping to upset GOP incumbent Hollis D. Upson.

The new vice chairwoman is City Councilwoman Kathy Briggs, who switched parties a year ago and is running as a Conservative against fellow Councilman Edward DeJaneiro Jr., who defeated her in the Democratic primary, and former Legislator Thomas C. Tucker, the Republican candidate.

Immunization campaign will kick off

The Kaleida Health Visiting Nurse Association Immunization Campaign will kick off its 10th year of immunizing the community with a ceremony and speakers at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

The speakers will address the health and economic impact of the immunization campaign's decade-long history on the health of the community.

Beginning that day, the annual immunization campaign, which raises funds for charity home care, will offer flu and pneumonia shots in Key Bank locations, Wegmans stores, Quality Markets, churches, malls, senior centers, schools and other community sites. St. John Baptist Church will host the first flu and pneumonia shot session from 1 to 7 p.m.

Among those speaking at the event will be Gary Brice, assistant vice president of Kaleida Health Community Health and Wellness; Marsha Henderson, Buffalo district president of Key Bank; and Buffalo City Judge James A.W. McLeod.

The campaign is sponsored by Key Bank and supported by various community partners. Kaleida is administering the campaign.

For more information on flu shot sites, call VNA-FLUU (862-3588) or go to

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