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>Control board to meet today in Central Library

The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority meets at 10 a.m. today in the Central Library.

Members are expected to discuss the county's proposal to hire an outside company to collect delinquent property tax payments, after it gives the county the money the property owner has failed to pay.

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>Partnership officer to join parent agency

An officer of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been named chief of staff for Upstate Empire State Development, the parent agency announced Wednesday.

Hadley Pawlak, currently vice president of public affairs with the Partnership, is expected to start her new job early next month.

Empire State Development is the state's chief economic development agency, encompassing business, workforce and community development. It oversees the marketing of I NY, the state's iconic tourism brand.

Pawlak will work with Upstate Chairman Daniel Gunderson and Chief Operating Officer Kenneth Schoetz on managing all Upstate activities, regional offices and subsidiaries.

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>Council to discuss litter, blight issues

Litter and blighted properties are on the agenda Friday for a 1 p.m. work session of the Lackawanna City Council. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.

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>Elderly, disabled offered aid with yard cleanups

Senior citizens and physically disabled residents in the Village of Lancaster are eligible for assistance in cleaning up their yards from the October storm.

Young volunteers from area schools, churches and civic organizations will be available Saturdays through May 12 to help drag brush, small limbs and debris from residents' homes for Public Works pickup.

Senior citizens and residents with physical disabilities can call the mayor's office at 684-4891 to request cleanup help, which will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone interested in volunteering should also call the mayor's office to register or for more information.

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