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>Hochul begins first week as new U.S. attorney

Nearly 10 months after his name was first proposed to President Obama, William J. Hochul Jr. is on the job as U.S. attorney for Western New York.

Sworn in Friday by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, the region's chief federal judge, Hochul began his first full week in the position Monday.

"I'm very excited," Hochul said. "I hope to be able to use all the experience I have to improve the already fine reputation we have in this office."

A formal swearing-in ceremony for Hochul, 50, who has specialized in counterterrorism and violent crime prosecutions, will be held sometime next month.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., proposed Hochul for the job last May 5. Nominees for U.S. attorney positions are then subjected to an exhaustive background review and must be approved by the president, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate.


>Marinelli appointed to Convention Bureau

County Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, has been appointed to the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau as a representative of the Legislature's Democratic majority.

Marinelli has long supported local cultural organizations and is an advocate of cultural tourism to stimulate economic development. She also serves on the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission Advisory Council.


>Three libraries awarded state construction grants

New York State Library construction grants have been awarded to three public libraries in the Tonawandas, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, announced.

The City of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $36,597 to replace sidewalks and install a Radio Frequency Identification System.

The Kenilworth Branch Library in the Town of Tonawanda has been granted $83,622 to replace its roof, install ceiling insulation, reconstruct its parking lot and install an RFID system.

The Kenmore Branch Library will get $85,779 to reconstruct its parking lot and install an RFID system.


>Ruling lets jet boats resume tours April 24

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- Having overcome a challenge from neighboring residents, the operators of Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours are gearing up for a full season of rides this spring and summer through the white-water rapids of the lower Niagara River.

The Ontario Court of Appeal, the second-highest court in Canada, ruled recently in Toronto that the jet boats can continue to operate from their dock in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just as they have every year since the company began its business here in 1992.

Neighbors had challenged the operation in a zoning dispute, but the three-judge court ruled unanimously in favor of the tour boat company, which plans to begin this year's tours April 24.

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