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Legislator proposes limit of six straight terms

MAYVILLE -- A Chautauqua County legislator wants a local law that would cap the number of consecutive terms lawmakers can serve at six.

Democrat Bob Anderson of Frewsburg said he's offering the proposal as a way to keep legislators from becoming "entrenched" and to encourage more people to run for public office. Anderson said that term lengths would remain at two years and that the measure would take effect at the start of the next legislative term.

Anderson said he hasn't received much reaction to the measure. He's not sure if it will have enough support to be approved by the full Legislature.

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Dangerous Route 63 curve will be straightened

BATAVIA -- Genesee County officials and residents want to straighten two road curves that they say cause accidents and endanger homeowners.

The most hazardous, based on the number of accidents, is a sharp curve on Route 63 in the Town of Covington. One man's home there was destroyed by a runway tractor-trailer four years ago.

Known as the Peoria Curve and heavily marked with warning signs, that section of the road will be straightened in a $3 million-plus state Department of Transportation project next year.

Less of a problem but still prone to accidents is a curve on Route 5 between Pembroke and the Erie County line.

State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, and Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley, R-Batavia, want the DOT to study the road and possibly straighten that short section, too.

The most recent of 30 accidents there in the past 15 years occurred in April when a truck swerved on the curve and dumped a load of sheet metal in a yard.

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Measure would require green building standards

New facilities built by Erie County government, or large-scale renovations of its buildings, should conform to green building standards, according to a bill proposed by two county lawmakers.

Legislators Timothy M. Kennedy and Maria R. Whyte, both Buffalo Democrats, want future facilities to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards established by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

The standards stress the use of recycled materials and the conservation of water and energy.

The two legislators also are pushing measures to force the government to buy more of its energy from renewable sources and to buy Energy Star products and appliances.

Their bill says future county government buildings of at least 2,500 square feet or major renovations should meet the silver standard, the second of four ratings used by the Green Buildings Council.

The largest project being planned under the government's umbrella is the placement of new dormitories at Erie Community College's Orchard Park campus.

But Kennedy said the dorms would not be subject to the law, if passed, because they are sponsored by the ECC Foundation, the college's nonprofit fundraising arm.

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