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>Figures show Buffalo remains third-poorest

Buffalo remains one of the poorest cities in the United States, with close to a third of city residents living in poverty, federal figures released Tuesday show.

An estimated 30.3 percent of residents in Buffalo are poor, the third highest poverty rate in the nation among cities with more than 250,000 people, according to the new statistics from the Census Bureau.

It's no surprise.

Buffalo was in the same position when poverty estimates were released last year.

Detroit has the highest poverty rate -- 33.3 percent -- followed by Cleveland, although its poverty rate of 30.4 percent statistically isn't any worse than Buffalo's. The other cities near the top of this dubious list include: Newark; Miami; Fresno, Calif.; Cincinnati; Toledo, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Philadelphia; Milwaukee; Memphis and St. Louis.

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>City Mission begins fundraising campaign

Buffalo City Mission on Tuesday kicked off its $1.65 million fall campaign, "One Mission, One Hope," to help Buffalo's poor and homeless.

The fundraising campaign will run through December, and the money will go toward services at its Men's Community Center and women and children's shelter, Cornerstone Manor.

"Rebranding our fall campaign is a direct result of the rising needs of our community," said Stuart Harper, executive director.

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>Purple lights to mark art show and auction

The downtown Electric Tower will be lit in purple tonight to mark the upcoming "A New stART" art show and auction sponsored by the Family Justice Center of Erie County, which helps victims of domestic violence, center officials announced Tuesday.

The light show will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which begins at midnight, and the Washington Street tower will remain lit in purple until dawn Thursday, said Julie A. Doerr, the center's manager of community relations.

The art show and auction take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Tickets are $35 and include admission to the show, wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Tickets may be purchased at www.anewstartbuffalo.com or by calling 558-5281. Works from over a dozen local artists will be up for auction, she added.

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>Candidate Hardwick vows to donate part of salary

A candidate for the Erie County Legislature says that if elected he will donate $7,500 of his annual salary to civic groups in his district and urge all county lawmakers to cut their salaries because they are too high.

Kevin R. Hardwick of the City of Tonawanda, a Republican running against Democratic incumbent Michele M. Iannello of Kenmore in the 10th District, said the county legislative salary of $42,588 a year for a rank-and-file member exceeds the salaries of state legislators in dozens of states.

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