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>Hevesi appoints Kruly to fill vacancy on control board

Kenneth Kruly, the director of government relations at Canisius College and a former Erie County budget director, has been appointed to the county's Fiscal Stability Authority, also known as the Erie County control board.

"Erie County is a great place to live and raise a family," Kruly said in a news release today. "By working together we can make it better."

Kruly replaces Janet Penksa, who resigned a week ago amid concerns that her new job as an Albany lobbyist posed a conflict with her work as a state-appointed overseer of Erie County's finances.

Penksa had been appointed to the control board by State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, who named Kruly to replace her today.

Kruly was deputy county clerk from 2000 to 2003 and was the county's budget director from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was a legal administrator with Hurwitz and Fine law firm and an official with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

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>$640,000 in federal funds set for outer harbor paths

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced that $640,000 in federal funds has been secured for a bicycle and pedestrian path along the outer harbor, with construction to begin in the spring.

The pathways are part of the Outer Harbor Greenbelt project. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will help provide matching funds to release more than $8.6 million in state investment.

The access, Higgins said in a statement, "is a key component in developing this region's future, and this funding brings us one step closer to seeing real progress along our water's edge."

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>Christmas parade planned on Elmwood

The inaugural Elmwood Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Elmwood and Auburn avenues, heading south to Hodge Avenue.

The parade is sponsored by Forever Elmwood and Elmwood Kiwanis.

Parking is available in the public lots in the West Utica-Bryant and West Utica-Elmwood areas; at Nardin Academy, 135 Cleveland Ave.; and at the Garret Club, 91 Cleveland Ave.

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>Press publishes play on St. Vincent de Paul

LEWISTON -- Niagara University Theatre Press has published a play spotlighting the humanity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Brother Augustine Towey, former director of the theater, wrote the play, titled "Vincent in Heaven."

St. Vincent de Paul was the founder of the Congregation of the Mission, a community of priests and brothers better known as the Vincentians. That group founded and administer Niagara University, as well as DePaul University in Chicago and St. John's University in Queens.

A group at Niagara University Theatre first produced "Vincent in Heaven" in 1988, where it has been produced several times. This is the play's first publication.

The price per copy is $10, or $12 in Canadian funds, plus $2.50 for shipping. Call 286-8480 to order the document.

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