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GIAMBRA LIKELY TO VETO LAW ON HIRING LOBBYISTS

Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra said he probably will veto a new law requiring him to obtain County Legislature approval before hiring lobbyists or any outside lawyers.

Erie County budgeted $55,000 this year for two lobbyists, one to primarily work the Republican side of the aisle in Albany, the other to focus on the Democrats.

Both lobbyists are lawyers, and a majority of county lawmakers agree they want a say whenever outside lawyers are hired by Giambra's county attorney, Frederick A. Wolf.

Giambra said he's willing to let the Legislature approve lobbyists' contracts. But applying that to all outside lawyers would be cumbersome, he says.

The measure passed, 11-3, Thursday, with Legislator Charles M. Swanick, R-Kenmore, away for military duty.

A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in Giambra's office on the 16th floor of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St.

SPECIAL-EDUCATION CENTER TO AID STUDENTS, TEACHERS

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, and Daemen College officials Monday dedicated a new center at the college intended to promote enrichment programs for special-education students.

Reynolds obtained $1.9 million for the project, most of it previously announced, and Daemen is naming the Center for Special Education and After School Programs in his honor.

Staff at the center will conduct research and instruct education majors and teachers from school districts across the state in how to lead and develop the after-school programs. The programs are meant to boost the quality of life of students with developmental disabilities.

FORUM WILL DISCUSS REGIONALISM ISSUES

The impact of regionalism on the minority community and the work of the 11-member panel studying a possible city-county consolidation will be one topic of a panel discussion from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Ellicott CAO/NSD Center, 608 William St. The forum is sponsored by the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

The panel will discuss the work of the Commission to Create a New Government for the 21st Century and how it might affect African-Americans and Hispanics.

The commission, spearheaded by County Executive Joel A. Giambra and Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, is creating a plan for merging city and county government. Its chairman is former University at Buffalo President William R. Greiner.

The forum, part of the institute's annual workshop, also will deal with education in Western New York.

NEW WALKWAY UNVEILED AT MCDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald House at 780 W. Ferry St. unveiled a new walkway Monday in memory of people named on each brick. A plaque was also dedicated in the side garden.

The walkway was made possible by donations from G.E. Healthcare Financial Services, the Baird Foundation and the Hyde Foundation.

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