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Tips aim to prevent Halloween mischief

Mayor Byron W. Brown's office is offering some tips on preventing Halloween mischief and vandalism from occurring tonight.

Brown encouraged residents to observe and publicize the city's 8 p.m. trick-or-treating cutoff policy to cut down on the number of older youth who don't wear costumes and go door to door late at night.

In addition, he advised residents against turning off the lights and pretending not to be home.

"This is an open invitation for vandalism and mischief," a statement from the mayor read. "Instead, keep your house well lit and post a sign that says you are out of candy."

Finally, the city is recommending that neighbors and block club members form teams to patrol the neighborhood with flashlights while other adults sit outside on their porches.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity should call 911.

The city has provided three signs that can be downloaded from its Web site at www.city-buffalo.com to help residents keep trick-or-treating safe and fun.

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Schumer backs Mesi, Kryzan Stachowski in trip to Buffalo

Sen. Charles Schumer endorsed a slew of Democrats, including State Senate candidates Joe Mesi and William Stachowski, during a visit to Buffalo on Thursday.

"He's a fighter," Schumer said of Mesi. "We need young blood."

Schumer also endorsed Alice Kryzan, a Democrat running for Congress.

Republican Michael Ranzenhofer, an Erie County Legislator and Mesi's opponent in the 61st Senate race, countered with an endorsement of his own from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors.

"We want to continue to reinforce how important, strong, consistent leadership is necessary for Western New York and the region to move forward economically," said association president James Knight.

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Paterson elevates Glaser to control board chairman

The vice chairman of Erie County's state-appointed control board will become its chairman, Gov. David A. Paterson said Thursday.

Robert M. Glaser, managing partner of the accounting firm Freed Maxick and Battaglia, had been acting as the chairman since Anthony J. Baynes resigned for health reasons in August.

Glaser was appointed to the control board by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in August 2007.

The governor appoints four of the seven members of the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority and designates its chairman and vice chairman.

Paterson also has elevated Joseph Goodell to the post of vice chairman of the panel.

Goodell, who held several executive positions with industrial firms, was first appointed to the control board by then-Gov. George E. Pataki. He now leads the control board's Finance Committee.

The Fiscal Stability Authority continues to have one vacant post.

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