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Swarts calls for an end to Thruway tolls in city

Thruway tolls within the Buffalo commuting area should be eliminated and the Erie Barge Canal should be separated from the state Thruway Authority, Erie County Clerk David J. Swarts said Thursday.

In supporting the separation of the canal from Thruway Authority control, Swarts noted that the state Canal Corp. and Thruway Authority are run by the same executive director and board of directors. He also noted that the Canal Corp. is proposing tolls be eliminated for boaters, while tolls at the downtown toll barriers increased by 25 cents in May.

Swarts said he is seeking a public hearing in Buffalo by the Assembly Committee on Transportation.

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Job training grant of $141,764 going to UB

The Center for Integrated Waste Management at the University at Buffalo has been awarded a $141,764 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Brownfields Job Training grant program, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, announced Thursday. It is one of only 12 awarded nationally.

The center will use the grant for job training for up to 70 people from Buffalo, Lackawanna, Niagara Falls and Niagara County, find jobs for up to 63 students and track them for up to a year.

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Kelly for Kids donates $121,500 to local groups

Grants totaling $121,500 to 15 local charities and organizations serving children were announced Thursday by the Kelly for Kids Foundation.

Recipients include Alleyway Theater, Camp Good Days and Special Times, Catholic Charities Monsignor Carr Institute, Cradle Beach Camp, Dream Factory, Ellicottville Memorial Library, Erie County SPCA and the Franciscan Center.

Also, Hunter's Hope, Ilio DiPaolo's Scholarship Fund, Kids Escaping Drugs, Ride to Recovery, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Anthony F. Martino Fund, Tremendous Teens and Westminster Early Childhood Programs.

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