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Governor sets town meeting in Falls on Wednesday

Gov. David A. Paterson plans his next Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Niagara Falls.

The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Doors will open an hour before.

Paterson announced in January that he would hold a series of such meetings across upstate to give the public a say on the state's fiscal crisis. He so far has held the gatherings in Watertown, Johnstown and Binghamton, and on the Morrisville State College campus outside Syracuse.

Two meetings are scheduled in the Rochester area on March 11 and 12.

"These Town Hall meetings have provided New Yorkers with a forum to share thoughts, ideas and suggestions on ways we can improve the economic outlook for New York," Paterson said in a written statement.

Those wishing to attend any of the meetings are asked to RSVP on the governor's Web site, www.ny.gov/governor/townhalls, although it is not required. Seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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State assessors renew jail's accreditation

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Jail received accreditation renewal this month from the state.

Assessors from Columbia, Orange and Livingston counties visited the jail Feb. 12 and declared it in full compliance with all 166 assessment standards necessary for the renewal.

The New York State Sheriff's Association developed and implemented a jail accreditation program in 1998 designed to enhance jail operations and reduce exposure to liability.

The association accreditation programs are provided at no cost to participating counties.

Participation in the accreditation program promotes efficiency, raises the quality of service, improves morale and often reduces insurance costs.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is now fully accredited in Law Enforcement Operations, Jail Operations and Civil Operations, and is working toward accreditation in 911 Center Operations, Sheriff James R. Voutour said.

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