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>Home products firm gets OK to move to Buffalo

The Cheektowaga Town Board has given its formal consent for Robinson Home Products to move its facility and 100 jobs to an Empire Zone in Buffalo.

It is the fifth company to leave Cheektowaga for the greener pastures and incentives offered by the Empire Zone in Buffalo.

"I don't think there's any board member that likes to see Cheektowaga at a competitive disadvantage," Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak said. "This Town Board is going to look at any request in the future very, very closely."

Board members said Robinson Home Products offered to assist any companies moving into its Walden Avenue plant. And Gabryszak said the town has received a call from a party interested in moving into the Robinson property.

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>Officers raising funds for memorial in D.C.

Members of local law enforcement agencies will raise money for a national memorial honoring police officers killed in the line of duty by holding a fund-raising breakfast at 9 a.m. Friday in the International House of Pancakes, 4003 Maple Road, Amherst.

Amherst Senior Detective Lt. Kevin Hoffman and four other Amherst police officers will act as guest servers at the breakfast, being held in advance of the 10th annual Police Unity Tour to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On April 15, they will join officers from New Jersey and Los Angeles in a bicycle tour across the country to raise money and public awareness about the memorial.

Hoffman said they hope to raise $40 million toward the cost of renovating a former U.S. State Department building about five blocks from the Capitol into the new Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Over nine years, the Police Unity Tour has raised $2.2 million for the memorial, making it the largest supporter of that endeavor. The group's goal is to raise $5 million over the next four years.

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>Satellite Auto Bureau opening in West Seneca

Ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at a new satellite Auto Bureau in West Seneca, Erie County Clerk David J. Swarts announced Tuesday.

Located in the Kiwanis Building, 50 Legion Drive -- behind Town Hall -- the bureau will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, effective immediately.

Full services will be available, including licenses, registrations and tests for driver's permits.

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