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Gillibrand named member of Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has been named to the Senate Armed Services Committee, the panel from which her predecessor, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, worked to help save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station when it was threatened with closure.

"I look forward to working to strengthen our security and keep America safe, and I am committed to creating better opportunities for troops and military ," the senator said.

In joining the Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand opted to leave the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She will continue to serve on the Agriculture and Environment and Public Works committees, as well as the Special Committee for the Aging.

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Legislators OK accepting $200,000 in safety grants

BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday approved accepting more than $200,000 in state public safety grants for two agencies.

The Office of Homeland Security is giving the county $101,825 toward protection against terrorist attacks and man-made and natural disasters. The funds go to the county's emergency management services coordinator and the Department of Health. A second grant provides $29,000 to purchase a four-wheel drive support vehicle.

Homeland Security is giving the Sheriff's Office $44,935 for operations in the county and $29,195 to be shared with Wyoming and Orleans counties for animal sheltering equipment. The sheriff also will get $3,400 from the state for a child passenger safety program.

The legislators agreed to hire a temporary Republican deputy election commissioner. Sharon White, who now holds the position, is retiring this week but will be retained on a part-time basis at an hourly rate of $22.16 to train a successor.

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Journalism organization seeks candidates for grants

Buffalo-area undergraduates interested in journalism, along with professional journalists seeking additional academic training, can apply for college and graduate school scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

The Greater Buffalo International Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded 123 scholarships worth $105,750 since the program began in 1978.

Applicants must be residents of Western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania or southern Ontario and attend an accredited college in the United States or Canada. Those living outside the chapter area who attend Western New York colleges also are eligible for the scholarships.

Applicants are required include a brief statement outlining career commitment, financial need and letters of recommendation from an instructor or supervisor. Applications must be postmarked by April 30. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Annemarie Franczyk, secretary of the scholarship fund, 858 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14212. For information, call Franczyk at 878-5900 or e-mail her at amfranczyk@verizon.net. Applicants can also find scholarship information on Facebook and blogspot.com.

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