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Undersheriff named chief of police by mayor

JAMESTOWN -- Mayor Sam Teresi Friday named Chautauqua County Undersheriff Rex Rater as the city's new police chief and director of the Office of Public Safety.

Rater is a 35-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department.

Teresi said it was Rater's ability to foster cooperation among different agencies that stood out the most.

Rater will temporarily remain on the job as undersheriff to complete some tasks in the department.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said at Friday's news conference announcing Rater's appointment that he has good people to chose from to replace Rater, but added, "our loss is Jamestown's gain."

The City Council, which has to approve the appointment, is expected to vote on the matter at its meeting Monday night.

Rater would replace William MacLaughlin, who retired earlier this year.

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Four will compete for two seats in election

LE ROY -- Le Roy is the only one of Genesee County's six villages that will have contests in Tuesday's election, with four seeking two four-year trustee terms.

Former mayor and trustee Raymond Yacuzzo and appointed trustee Angelo Staffenella, both Democrats, are opposed by Republican Marguerite Green and Stephen P. Moulton.

Republican mayors in Bergen, Elba and Oakfield are running unopposed. They are Wayne Bailey, I. Dean Boyce and Raymond F. Cianfrini, respectively.

In Bergen, incumbent trustees Virginia Adams and Anna Maie Barclay, all Republicans are unopposed.

In Corfu, incumbent Glenn Russ and Thomas M. Sobzcak are running for two-year terms, and Ralph Peterson is seeking a one-year term. All are Republicans.

Oakfield's two incumbent GOP trustees, William E. Snyder Jr. and Samuel C. Beckley are unopposed.

Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m.

Alexander has a traditional town meeting to elect village officers. It will be held at 8 p.m. April 3 in Village Hall.

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Loan awarded to back Senior Crime Stoppers

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation has been awarded a $5 million loan to support the Senior Crime Stoppers Program, which protects moderate-income senior housing facilities in Erie and Chautauqua counties.

Greater Buffalo Savings Bank provided the loan.

Senior Crime Stoppers is a coordinated group of services designed to prevent abuse, theft, neglect, fraud, vandalism and any other unethical behavior in long-term care and senior housing.

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