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>Giambra decides against vetoing budget changes

County Executive Joel A. Giambra does not intend to veto any of the 2007 budget changes made by legislators earlier this month.

Giambra, in fact, went so far as to praise the Legislature for maintaining the structural integrity of the new county budget.

"We don't think there's a need to veto any of the changes," he said Monday.

When asked about the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority's request that he veto pay raises for the Legislature's district staff members, Giambra said those raises were added to the 2006 budget, not the 2007 plan. The new budget could still face scrutiny by the authority.

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>Thompson embarks on 'listening tour'

State Sen.-elect Antoine M. Thompson, D-Buffalo, has begun a four-stop "listening tour" with residents of the 60th District.

He started at Grand Island Memorial Library on Monday and will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St.; and Dec. 20 in the Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.

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>Repair work on towers of historic church begins

Work is beginning on the first phase of repairs to the twin towers of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 189 Clark St.

Crews from Weaver Roofing are installing copper cap flashing on the intermediate ledges of both towers, which will keep the stone masonry from cracking. Subsequent work will include repairs to the masonry and restoration of the upper cupolas.

The project is the third to be undertaken in the $1 million preservation fund campaign for the historic church in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore district, says Ted Fyda of the Friends of Corpus Christi Committee. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $300,000.

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>Drug industry group, residents donate food

Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a pharmaceutical industry group that helps provide prescription drugs for low-income patients, has joined with Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents, which serves low-income people on Buffalo's East Side, to donate 210 turkeys to needy families, it was announced Monday.

The donation was made in conjunction with a visit from the PPA's "Help Is Here Express" national bus tour, which introduced PPA's programs for free or nearly free medicines.

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