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>Crandall to be chairman of Allegany Legislature

BELMONT -- Republican members of the Allegany County Legislature on Monday chose Curtis Crandall, R-Caneadea, to serve as chairman next year.

Crandall will enter his second year as chairman. He succeeded James Palmer of Alfred last January.

Palmer, a Republican, lost the primary election a year ago.

Legislators met in caucus Monday after their regular meeting.

William G. Dibble, R-Little Genesee, was chosen to run for vice chairman, and the caucus named Brent Reynolds, R-Alfred Station, majority leader.

Crandall and Dibble are to be formally elected to those posts at the organizational meeting in January.

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>Legislature committee eliminated for new one

BELMONT -- Allegany County legislators on Monday reorganized their committee structure, eliminating one committee and creating another.

The Planning and Development Committee was abolished and a Court Facilities and County Space Needs panel was established. The new committee will have jurisdiction over studying and defining space needs and renovations to meet them.

In addition, the committee will plan to meet the court system's space needs and the financing to cover those needs, as well as other space needs in county government.

Legislature Chairman Curtis Crandall, R-Caneadea, said the resolution was amended to direct the new committee to seek the Legislature's approval for its spending plans. Crandall said he told the panel most such recommendations already go through the Ways and Means committee.

Also Monday, the Legislature imposed fees to be paid by non-union employees for health insurance coverage. They currently pay nothing for that coverage.

The new fees become effective Jan. 1.

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>A.M. Rotary Club aids Salvation Army effort

JAMESTOWN -- The Greater Jamestown A.M. Rotary Club recently donated $2,000 to the Salvation Army "Bundle Them Up Campaign."

The annual campaign is designed to distribute coats to children in need this winter. The joint effort of the Salvation Army and the A.M. Rotary has provided thousands of coats to local children.

Salvation Army Maj. Joseph Pawlowski said the donation will be used to purchase 720 coats.

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