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New family court judges eyed for 3 WNY counties

The State Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would add 21 new judges to family courts throughout the state. It would be the first significant increase in the number of family court judges in more than 30 years.

In Western New York, the new measure would establish one new judgeship in Chautauqua County, Erie County and Niagara County, effective next Jan. 1.

State Sen. John L. Sampson, lead sponsor of the bill, said, "It has been fully 20 years since a single family court judgeship was created for New York City, and in many upstate counties, the local family court is also reaching a breaking point. It is long past time to make this critical investment in the lives and well-being of children and families who have nowhere else to turn."

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Dyster plans Night In today in City Hall office

NIAGARA FALLS -- Mayor Paul A. Dyster will hold a Mayor's Night In from 5 to 7 p.m. today in his office at City Hall, 745 Main St.

The initiative, started in February, makes Dyster available for city residents seeking to speak with him, seek information on city programs or get a better sense of City Hall. Mayor's Night In is on the first floor of City Hall.

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Goodwill Industries gets funds for vets' jobs training

WASHINGTON -- Goodwill Industries of Western New York has won a $204,774 grant to provide homeless veterans with job training.

The funding is one of 87 grants, totaling $24 million nationwide, that the U.S. Department of Labor is providing.

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Quick removal of vehicles after minor crashes urged

Officials on Tuesday morning unveiled a new campaign aimed at educating drivers to quickly move their vehicles from the road after a minor accident.

The "Steer-it Clear-it" safety awareness campaign asks drivers to take three steps when in an accident: check to make sure people in both cars are OK; see if your car can be driven; and if so, move to a safe area such as a nearby road, cross street or parking area.

Tom George, executive director for the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, said there have been more than 20 "secondary accidents" since January that occurred when traffic backed up because of a crash.

The campaign will be visible on electronic signs on regional highways and will be broadcast on the area's highway advisory radio.

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Keleman selected to head Child Advocacy Center

NIAGARA FALLS -- Laura J. Keleman has been appointed executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Keleman succeeds longtime Executive Director Ann Marie Tucker, who has been named vice president for foundation and community relations at the medical center.

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