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>City Hall honors East Side civic leader

The flags at Buffalo City Hall were lowered to half-staff Friday to honor Herbert L. Bellamy Sr., a longtime businessman and civic leader on the East Side.

Bellamy died Wednesday after a brief illness. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

In a statement, Mayor Byron W. Brown said, in part:

"Herbert L. Bellamy Sr. will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He will be remembered fondly for his leadership and dedication to his friends, colleagues, God, family and the city he loved."

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>Police Dept. promotes 5 officers, detectives

The Buffalo Police Department promoted five officers and detectives Friday, in the first such ceremony under new Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson and Mayor Byron W. Brown.

Detectives John F. McGrath Jr. and Brenda M. Callahan-Moll were promoted to detective sergeant, while three officers were promoted to the rank of detective: David M. Piech, James W. Panus and Joseph S. Ahmed.

The ceremony, held Friday afternoon in the Police Academy, also recognized Chief Donna M. Berry, who already had been promoted.

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>Memorial ride for cyclist who was killed is Sunday

Buffalo's bicycling community will hold a memorial ride at noon Sunday in memory of Jadwiga Kurtyko, who was struck and killed Monday afternoon by a vehicle on South Ogden Street. The ride will begin at South Ogden Street and Mineral Springs Road and conclude downtown at Niagara Square. She was the second cyclist to die this year in the city.

Justin Booth of Buffalo's Blue Bicycle, the group organizing the event, says that memorial rides will be held on the Sunday following every fatality, beginning at the site of the accident and ending in Niagara Square, to call attention to the need for safety measures to protect cyclists and pedestrians. For information, visit www.BuffaloBikes.com.

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>Schumer urges restoring funds for new courthouse

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is urging the Senate Budget Committee to restore the funding for a new Buffalo courthouse that President Bush left out of his proposed fiscal 2007 spending plan.

"The omission of this project from the administration's budget is galling," said Schumer, D-N.Y., who wrote a letter to the chairman and top Democrat on the Budget panel to ask that the funding be restored. "Now is the time to follow through on the federal commitment to Buffalo."

Congress authorized funding for the $93.7 million project in 2002, and the General Services Administration, which manages federal buildings, has named the local building as its top courthouse project for the past two years.

But funding has stalled because of a rent dispute between the judiciary and the General Services Administration, which has led to the postponement of all new federal courthouse construction.

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