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22 area unions endorse Cuomo for attorney general

State attorney general candidate Andrew Cuomo on Thursday picked up the endorsement of 22 Buffalo labor unions representing more than 20,000 members.

The former housing secretary, a Democrat, was in Buffalo to receive the achievement award from the Good Government Club of Western New York. He said he was proud to receive the labor backing, adding it bodes well for his efforts in the crowded Democratic field.

The unions endorsing Cuomo are:

New York State Alliance of Teamsters Joint Council 46 (Teamsters Local 264, Teamsters Local 449, Teamsters Local 375, Teamsters Local 118); Ironworkers Local 6; Boilermakers Local 7; Local 22, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Road Sprinklefitters; Local 669, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters; Transport Workers Union Local 2020; Sheetmetal Workers Union Local 71; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Local 659; Local 10, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; UNITE HERE Buffalo District (Local 49, Local 168-39, Local 201, Local 207, Local 221, Local 1067, Local 1095, Local 1126, Local 1802 and Local 2728).

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Urban Discovery event set for noon Saturday

Four banks are sponsoring the Urban Discovery celebration of homeownership in the city from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the neighborhoods around the University at Buffalo South Campus on Main Street.

The event will be held at Highgate Heights Elementary School, a city school originally opened in 1930 and restored in 2005. Also, there will be a presentation of "On the Road to Freedom," a Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society exhibit of how Western New Yorkers helped shape human and civil rights in this country.

The sponsors are Citibank, Citizens Bank, Greater Buffalo Savings Bank and First Niagara.

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Preservation Blues benefit will be held March 31

Preservation Blues, a benefit for the Neighborhood Preservation Collaborative, will be held at 7 p.m. March 31 in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St.

The event, which will include music, food, wine-tasting and a new homegrown beer known as Preservation Brew, will benefit the group's Gap Fund.

The Gap Fund helps low-income homeowners in preservation districts pay for repairs to their homes.

Tickets are available online at NepTix.com or at New World Record, 765 Elmwood Ave., and Chateau Buffalo, 1209 Hertel Ave. For information, call 440-1106.

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Farmers can get aid to cover drought losses

Farmers in Erie County who suffered losses from the drought that began last April are eligible for disaster emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency, formerly the Farmers Home Administration.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 11. For applications and further information, contact the agency's office in Jamestown at 664-2351.

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