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Road tolls don't apply to emergency vehicles

Gov. David A. Paterson has signed a bill into law allowing emergency vehicles to drive for free on sections of the Thruway that are toll roads, Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte's office announced Wednesday.

The measure, DelMonte's office said in a written statement, will apply to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers during emergency operations. The bill has passed the Assembly each year since 2004, and finally gained traction in the Senate this year, said DelMonte, D-Niagara Falls.

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Funds to aid residents with job training

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that dozens of public housing agencies across New York will receive more than $2.5 million to provide lower-income residents with job training.

Locally, the Erie County Public Housing Agency Consortium, located in Amherst, will receive $145,640; Buffalo, $98,697; North Tonawanda, $48,102; and Jamestown, $34,340.

The grants are part of the nearly $50 million awarded nationwide to public housing agencies and local communities.

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Brighton Park opens golf, baseball services

The outdoor driving range and batting cages open today at the Town of Tonawanda's Brighton Park.

Both are open seven days a week. The outdoor driving range is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The batting cages are open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday during the month of April. Closing time is 9 p.m. in May through August.

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