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>Town Board reschedules meeting for Nov. 6

The West Seneca Town Board has rescheduled its meeting set for tonight to next Monday. The meeting, which was rescheduled once already due to the October Surprise storm, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

A public hearing on the town's proposed 2007 budget will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Town Hall.

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>New court is devoted to the mentally ill

The Lackawanna City Court Mental Health Treatment Court, which begins operations this week, is the latest of the state system's courts dealing with nonviolent individuals.

Lackawanna Chief Judge Frederick J. Marrano said the court will provided supervised community-based treatment for individuals with mental illnesses. It is a program of the successful Lackawanna Drug Treatment Court, which was established in 1996.

Marrano said a grand opening ceremony is scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday in Lackawanna City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.

The new program will involve court oversight of the mentally ill undergoing treatment for their conditions, the judge said. The court is designed to reduce crime and recidivism and improve safety and the well-being of people with mental illnesses, Marrano said.

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