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Authorities in WNY receive funding for capital projects

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $391 million to public housing authorities across New York State.

The funds will allow the agencies to make major capital improvements to housing units. Following are the grants received by community authorities in Western New York: Batavia, $243,887; Buffalo, $11.37 million; Dunkirk, $312,021; Jamestown, $275,117; Kenmore, $245,386; Lackawanna, $1.06 million; Lockport, 580,755; Niagara Falls, $1.42 million; and Olean, $553,253

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Salvaging firm criticizes judge's decision on schooner

Officials of a shipwreck-hunting company who want to raise a sunken 19th century schooner from the bottom of Lake Erie west of Dunkirk said Thursday they are "very disappointed" by a federal judge's ruling that the state owns the vessel, and they will be filing an objection.

Northeast Research, a private company, wants to put the ship, which company officials believe has significant historic value, on display in a water tank in a Buffalo waterfront museum. The state, however, believes that the vessel would be badly damaged in the raising process and that it should remain at the bottom of the lake.

Pat Clyne, a spokesman for Northeast Research, said he believes the decision was "based on misguided allegations put forth by the State of New York" that the company's divers damaged the vessel.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio agreed with the state's position that it owns the ship under the U.S. Abandoned Shipwreck Act. Northeast Research's lawyers will file an objection to the ruling by next Thursday, Clyne said.

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Residents asked to speak up in online survey next month

BATAVIA -- Batavia residents will have an opportunity next month to air complaints, comment on services and help shape the city's future in an online survey.

The City Council previously approved spending $8,500 for the project, which is being coordinated by Stand Out Results and Genesee Community College's BEST Center, a business-training operation, to provide training and workshops for the Council to analyze the results.

The survey includes eight questions. The Council hopes the results will focus on citizen problems and shape future planning for city services.

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Tracy Lawrence concert planned Sunday is canceled

JAMESTOWN -- The Tracy Lawrence concert scheduled for Sunday in the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena has been canceled because of extenuating circumstances, sponsors said.

Ticket holders should contact the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena box office for refund information or to transfer the ticket value to another event.

Tickets for the July 9 performance of Travis Tritt, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers and Blackberry Smoke are currently on sale. Call (716) 484-2624 to reach the arena box office. Call (877) 772-5425 if tickets were purchased online.

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