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Working Families acts to give line to Kryzan

The Working Families Party has gone to court to name Democrat Alice J. Kryzan its candidate in the 26th Congressional District contest against Republican Chris Lee.

Bob Brehm, spokesman for the state Board of Elections, said Monday that the board last week came to no agreement on the Working Families Party's attempt to substitute Kryzan's name on the line in place of Jon Powers, who earlier this year won the party's nomination but subsequently lost the Democratic primary. Powers filed a statement indicating he moved out of state, a basis for removal from the line.

But Republican members blocked the move on the board level, with GOP election lawyers previously indicating the move did not fulfill constitutional requirements.

If successful, the move would provide a major boost to the Kryzan campaign, since she appears on only the Democratic line, while Lee has the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Justice Joseph Teresi is slated to hear the case in State Supreme Court in Albany on Thursday afternoon, Brehm said.


Secondary runway in use during airport work

The main runway at Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be closed through Oct. 30 for installation of a glycol retention system.

As of Monday morning, flights have been taking off and landing via the so-called "crosswinds" secondary runway, rerouting planes to north/south routes rather than the east/west pattern utilized by the airport's main runway. The alternative runway will be in use every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The on-airfield ponds will employ a mix of live plants and gravel to break down glycol, the toxic aircraft de-icing chemical.


Security technology work to slow traffic on bridges

Get ready for some additional traffic backups at the Peace Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

The installation of new security technology at the three bridges begins today and will continue until about Nov. 23, said officials of U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

"We are very cognizant of border wait times," said Joseph Wilson, Buffalo Port director for the agency. "[We] will staff all available primary lanes commensurate with arriving traffic and will maintain staffing in those lanes until traffic subsides."

Two lanes will be shut down at a time, and only on weekdays, Wilson said.

Authorities said workers are installing radio frequency identification technology to scan vehicles entering the United States. The technology will allow customs officers to identify an enhanced driver's license, passport card or trusted traveler identification cards, such as NEXUS, just before a traveler drives up to the border inspection station.

Motorists can check in advance on bridge traffic by examining the Web site, the Web site or by calling the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission at (800) 715-6722.

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