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Social Services official to discuss home heating aid

WHEATFIELD -- Families who need help with their home heating bills will have the chance Friday to discuss their situations with a representative from the Niagara County Department of Social Services.

Brian Kane, director of child support enforcement and financial recovery, will be on hand at 11 a.m. in the Community Center at 2890 Church Road to discuss the Home Energy Assistance Program and ways that households can offset heating bills.

Kane was invited by Supervisor Timothy E. Demler because he oversees HEAP, a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households pay heat and electric bills as well as some heating system repairs. Demler said Kane would help determine if households are eligible. Applications for the program will be taken beginning Nov. 3.


Maziarz has endorsements of several police groups

LOCKPORT -- Even though his opponent is a Niagara County sheriff's deputy, State Sen. George D. Maziarz has been racking up law enforcement endorsements, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Maziarz, R-Newfane, has been endorsed by Council 82 of the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, the Police Conference of New York, the Western New York Police Association and the Monroe County Police Benevolent Association.
Maziarz is running against Brian D. Grear, a Republican who accepted the Democratic nomination.

In another police-related endorsement, Republican Ernest C. Palmer has received the Niagara County Independence Party's nod for county sheriff. The Niagara Falls chief of detectives is running against Chief Deputy James R. Voutour, the Democratic candidate.

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