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David State is choice as NFTA general counsel

David J. State, an assistant state attorney general who formerly served in the City of Buffalo's legal office, was recommended Thursday as the new general counsel for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said State was unanimously selected from among four finalists who appeared Thursday before a special selection committee and is expected to be approved by the full board of commissioners Monday.

State, 48, also has served as an administrative law judge with the New York State Office of Temporary Disability and an Army JAG Officer (Major) for the Trial Counsel, 42nd Infantry Division, including service in Iraq.

State will begin his new position in April at a salary of $125,000. He lives in Buffalo with his wife and two daughters.


More district workers agree to wage freeze

A second set of Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District administrators and clerical workers has agreed to a wage freeze for 2011-12, the district announced Thursday.

The 40-employee wage freeze will save the district $81,667, school officials said. It includes non-union employees in the superintendent's, athletics, buildings and grounds, continuing education, curriculum and instruction, family support, finance, food service, human resources, payroll, student services, technical services and transportation departments.

March 11, a majority of Kenmore Administrators Association members voted to approve a wage freeze that is expected to save the school $96,960. That union represents principals and assistant principals, the athletics director and the data and research director.


Naval Park seeking bids to operate a new cafe

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park is seeking proposals from restaurateurs for a new cafe at its waterfront location.

The operator will be chosen by the park's board of directors and will lease for about 1,300 square feet of interior space and 600 square feet of patio space at the Erie Canal Commercial Slip.

Applicants must show "credible evidence of capabilities, experience and references" to provide table-service restaurant dining seven days a week. The target opening date is late June. For more information, call 847-1773, Ext. 10.


'Drug czar' Kerlikowske to speak here Tuesday

"A Conversation With America's Drug Czar," former Buffalo Police Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, is set for noon Tuesday in the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Kerlikowske, director of national drug control policy in the Obama administration, will discuss what is being done nationally to combat illegal drug sales and drug use and how it translates to the local level.

Tickets are $35 and $300 for a table of up to 10. Sponsoring the event are Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services Inc. and Kids Escaping Drugs. To order tickets, call Amy Samuelson at 827-9462 or e-mail

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