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>Lake Shore Library extending its hours

Additional funding for the library system will enable Lake Shore Library in Hamburg to be open an additional day each week and add seven hours to its schedule, Jack Edson, library director, has announced.

Beginning the week of Jan. 8, the library will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays; noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; closed Wednesdays; open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; closed Fridays; and open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

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>Hochul expects a delay on county clerk post

Kathleen C. Hochul does not expect a decision for several months on whether she will be appointed Erie County clerk by Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer and plans to remain on the Hamburg Town Board in the meantime.

She has been deputy county clerk for 3 1/2 years and is considered a strong candidate to take over from Clerk David J. Swarts, who will become commissioner of motor vehicles in the Spitzer administration.

Hochul said Thursday she will retain the title of deputy county clerk, although she will be performing the duties of the clerk.

If she is appointed to the permanent job, she would be required to resign from the Town Board, according to a legal opinion she received.

Her term on the board expires next Dec. 31, as does that of Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli.

In the meantime, "I feel I can handle both jobs," said Hochul, an attorney who has been a councilwoman for 13 years.

Kevin P. Gaughan, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Buffalo in 2005, is considered her chief rival for the clerk's job.

County Democrats will make a recommendation to Spitzer.

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