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>Seneca Nation plans protest over sales tax

IRVING -- Members of the Seneca Nation will hold a rally at 4 p.m. on May 22 to protest Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer's plans to enforce tax collections on Native American tobacco and gasoline sales.

The rally will be held outside the Native Pride tobacco shop, 11359 Route 20 in Irving. The shop is owned by J.C. Seneca, a tribal counselor for the nation.

Seneca President Maurice A. John Sr. and other tribal leaders will speak, said Valerie Marr, spokeswoman for the Honor Indian Treaties organization.


>Hispanic Alliance endorses Hernandez

The Hispanic Alliance of Western New York has endorsed Buffalo School Board member Ralph Hernandez in Tuesday's School Board elections.

For the first time in the city's history, two Latino candidates are running for the seat to represent the West District.

While Hernandez and challenger Clarissa Acosta provide two excellent choices, Hernandez's experience on the board was the deciding factor, said Cesar A. Cabrera, chairman of the alliance's political action committee.

"Hernandez is a strong advocate for greater transparency on the School Board and has represented the children of the West District well," Cabrera said.


>Police officer running for Buffalo School Board

A Buffalo police officer has announced he is a write-in candidate for the Buffalo Board of Education's Park District seat.

Anthony LeBron, 38, a community police officer who joined the force in 1989, said a write-in effort is a true reflection of what a School Board election should be, not a choice among political favorites.

LeBron says he wants to increase safety in the schools for both students and teachers, increase school choice, increase funding for school renovations and improve the condition of Lorraine Academy.

"I am a realist, and every day I see the real issues in our schools as a community police officer attached to our Park School District," LeBron said. "It is time to change our schools for the future of our greatest investment in society, and that's putting children first."


>Board OKs 2007-08 budget with 3 percent spending hike

The Alden Village Board last week adopted a 2007-08 budget of about $3 million, which represents a 3 percent spending increase.

Beth Downing, the village's interim administrative treasurer, estimated the tax rate at $10.66 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Other components of the budget include a fund balance of $1,864,213.

In another matter, Mayor Michael Kubik said officials are considering farming out collection of recyclables, now handled by the village's Department of Public Works.

"We found it advantageous for us to still stay in the business of picking up garbage and bulk trash," Kubik said. "This saves us money. We do about 200 tons of recyclables a year. We'll receive $10 per ton. We are saving on manpower, hours and we're getting paid for it."

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