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>City to host state contingent of Public Employees union

NIAGARA FALLS -- Nearly 1,000 delegates will gather in the Conference Center Niagara Falls this week for the New York State Public Employees Federation's 31st annual convention.

The gathering gets under way Monday and continues through Wednesday.

Union President Ken Brynieno, who lived and worked in Niagara Falls during part of his career, will deliver the State of the Union address.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will address delegates Monday morning. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster will welcome delegates during the opening session Monday.

This year's convention theme is "Ready -- Set -- Action!"

For more information, call Darcy Wells, director of public relations, at (518) 785-1900, Ext. 277, or (518) 859-1274.

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>Lecture to discuss how cars 'conquered our cities'

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A free lecture titled "How Cars Conquered Our Cities" will be given Sept. 26 in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54-60 Webster St.

Brian Ladd, an adjunct research associate at the State University at Albany, is presenting the program at 2 p.m. Ladd has authored "Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age."

The lecture, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. A mini-display of classic cars will be held outside the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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