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>Council to discuss status of courthouse project

NIAGARA FALLS -- A special City Council meeting on the status of the $37 million courthouse project has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

Attorney James C. Roscetti said Tuesday the Council will meet in executive session on the latest draft of a proposed contract with Ciminelli Development Co. of Amherst. Roscetti was hired by the city this year to negotiate a project agreement with the company.

Roscetti said he received a new draft from Ciminelli Friday reflecting the city's notes to the developer on its remaining issues with the contract.

Councilman Lewis Rotella said he expects Mayor Vince Anello will recommend that the city end negotiations with Ciminelli. Anello wanted the city to drop the developer last month, but Council members encouraged him to keep negotiating with the company they chose in June to build the new public safety center.

The state's Office of Court Administration has mandated the city replace its court building by March 2007.

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>Saving Richardson towers topic of free lecture

Efforts to save the landmark H.H. Richardson towers at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center will be discussed by preservationist Tim Tielman at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Main Building at Medaille College.

Previously unseen photographs, taken between the completion of construction in 1895 and partial demolition in the early 1970s, will accompany the free lecture, presented by the Medaille Scholars Program. Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, has long advocated restoring the complex designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted on the former Buffalo State Hospital property on Forest Avenue.

Call 880-2000 or 884-3138 for further information.

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>How to cut crime is topic of hearing on Monday

Strategies for curbing crime will be the focus of a public hearing at 6 p.m. Mondayin City Hall.

The Common Council and local law enforcers will address issues ranging from homicides and drug activity to gang violence. Officials from law enforcement agencies throughout the region have been invited to participate.

Residents, business owners, community activists, students and any other individuals who wish to participate are encouraged to attend the hearing in Common Council Chambers on the 13th floor of City Hall.

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