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>NAACP branch seeks nominees for awards

Nominations are sought by the Buffalo branch of the NAACP for its annual awards.

The awards are Medgar Evers (Civil Rights), Daniel Acker Community Service, Rufus Frasier Human Relations and Youth.

Nominations must be submitted in writing; petitions will not be considered. Selection will be based on the nominee's volunteer work and community activities and service.

The deadline for nominations is March 27. They should be submitted to NAACP Awards Committee, 1490 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208 or faxed to 884-7243.

Awards will be presented June 11 at the annual NAACP dinner.

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>Hayes to lead GOP on budgetary panel

Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, was named ranking member of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Friday, making him the top Republican on the budget and fiscal panel.

The appointment was made by James N. Tedisco of Schenectady, the Assembly's Republican leader. Hayes succeeds Thomas Barraga, R-West Islip, who retires from the Assembly today.

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>Catholic Charities lauds Presbyterians

Members of North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville have been recognized by Catholic Charities for their donations to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Catholic Charities officials said the church's mission and youth stewardship committees donated $1,000 in supermarket gift cards and a check for $1,000, as well as items collected by young members.

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>Hoyt names Frederick as legislative director

ALBANY -- Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, has announced the addition of John Frederick to his staff as legislative director in his Albany office.

Frederick replaces Jennifer Lange, who is leaving state service to care for her newborn daughter. Frederick, Hoyt said, "has a 12-year history as a top legislative staffer to members of the Assembly and knows this process inside and out." Most recently, he was chief of staff to Education Committee Chairman Steven Sanders, D-Manhattan.

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>Jan. 2 closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the New Year's holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Sunday service

City garbage .... Regular

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