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>Mobile auto bureau approved by board

A mobile auto bureau is expected to be in Hamburg Town Hall every Tuesday starting in late February.

The Town Board on Monday approved an agreement with Erie County Clerk David J. Swarts to provide the mobile auto bureau, following the closure of the auto bureau in Orchard Park.

On another matter, the board approved rezoning property at 3855 McKinley Parkway at the corner of Highland Parkway to allow conversion of a house into a law office as sought by Mitchell M. Matusick.

The change from residential to commercial was previously tabled by the board, but Councilwoman Kathleen C. Hochul said her concerns about traffic congestion have been resolved, and if the property should be further developed it would have to go back before the Planning Board.

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>Dairy farming subsidy is renewed for 2 years

The federal subsidy program for dairy farmers, which expired in September, has been renewed for two years, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, has announced.

The Milk Income Loss Contract program provides dairy farmers with an option for a monthly payment when the price of milk falls below a set level. Reynolds introduced legislation to extend it earlier this year.

"New York's farmers face severe price instability," Reynolds said. "While we work towards a permanent solution, this extension will ensure that the bottom does not fall out of the dairy market. This legislation will help protect Western New York jobs by providing support to farmers and their employees when it is needed most."

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