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>LoCurto seems assured of vacant Council seat

Michael J. LoCurto was endorsed Monday evening by the Erie County Democratic Committee for the Delaware District seat on the Common Council.

The weighted balloting in the North Buffalo Community Center was just one vote short of unanimous. LoCurto, 34, now is virtually assured of being appointed by the Council to fill the seat vacated by Marc A. Coppola, who was elected to the State Senate.

LoCurto, an aide to Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, attended School 66 and City Honors High School and holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University at Buffalo, where he was an adjunct instructor for two years.


>Residential buffer zone set for sex offenders

Following the lead of other communities, the Lackawanna City Council unanimously approved a law Monday that creates a buffer zone between the residences of convicted sex offenders and areas where children congregate.

Sponsored by 2nd Ward Councilman Geoffrey M. Szymanski, the law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, athletic fields or day care centers, unless the offender's residence is assigned under a supervised release program. The law does not "grandfather" offenders at their current residences.

Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $2,000 and 60 days in jail.

Szymanski said he borrowed the provisions from a former Buffalo lawmaker, then added 500 feet to the distance and included athletic fields.

"My goal was to encompass the entire City of Lackawanna so no . . . sex offender could move in -- at all," Szymanski said.

According to the State Sex Offender Registry, there are three level-three, or high risk, offenders living within Lackawanna's ZIP code of 14218.


>Job fair to be held on each ECC campus

More than 60 employers from around Western New York will participate in a job fair hosted by Erie Community College from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The fair will be held Monday in the City Campus atrium, 121 Ellicott St.; Tuesday in the Spring Student Center on the North Campus, 6205 Main St., Amherst; and Wednesday on the second floor of Building 5 on the South Campus, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

Participants are asked to bring their resumes.

For more information, call 851-1ECC or visit


>Hearing planned March 30 on cell phone tax plan

A public hearing into a proposed new law that would allow Erie County to add 30 cents a month to cellular phone bills will be held at 10 a.m. March 30 on the 16th floor of the Rath County Office Building.

Erie County officials want to add the surcharge to pay for the county's E-911 center, as officials do in about two dozen other New York counties.

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