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Trustees delay vote on ECC master plan

Erie Community College trustees have delayed a vote on the college's proposed master plan, which calls for $119 million in construction on its three campuses.

Wednesday's action followed questions from college staff on some of the
data underlying the master plan's recommendations.

BHNT Architects, the college's consultant, will respond in coming weeks, and the board is expected to approve the master plan at next month's meeting, ECC President William J. Mariani said Wednesday.

The master plan was unveiled after months of often-contentious discussion about whether ECC should consolidate its two suburban campuses with the City Campus.

Trustees and college administrators ultimately settled on preserving all three campuses but moving administrative functions and some academic programs to the City Campus.

The bulk of the $119 million in construction costs -- $85 million -- would go for a new academic building and parking ramp downtown.

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Schumer urges action on aviation fuel prices

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., called on federal and international agencies Wednesday to fight skyrocketing jet fuel prices after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Schumer said he has asked the International Energy Agency to ensure that releases of finished petroleum products include adequate supplies of jet fuel to prevent airline disruptions. The senator also called on the Federal Trade Commission to extend its price gouging investigation to the airline industry.

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Law libraries conference to discuss eminent domain

Legal issues surrounding redevelopment of the Rust Belt will be one of the topics as the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York holds its 51st fall conference Friday through Sunday in Millennium Airport Hotel, Cheektowaga.

University at Buffalo Law Professor James A. Gardner and William M. Murray, counsel to the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on the use of eminent domain to foster private development.

George M. Hezel, director of the UB Law School's Affordable Housing Clinic, will review the 70-year history of federal low-income housing policy. Buffalo attorney James Ostrowski, author of "Political Class Dismissed," will consider whether government helps or hinders the Rust Belt's efforts to rebuild.

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Book on Polish singers to debut at program

The Polish Singers Alliance of America will release a new book detailing its first 110 years with a program at 7 p.m. Friday.

The book, "The Polish Singers Alliance in America, 1888-1998 -- Choral Patriotism," will be launched at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

It was written by the late Stanislaus A. Blejwas of Connecticut State University.

The event will include a short musical presentation and reception.

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