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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 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.


Firefighters and police to renew hockey rivalry

NIAGARA FALLS -- City firefighters and police will face off at 7 p.m. Saturday in their fifth annual charity hockey tournament in the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion.

The once-dominant Police Department has been bested by the firefighters the past two years, said Firefighter Christopher Finitz, who organized the event with Police Officer Thomas Arist. The Fire Department will play for the Firefighters Toy Fund, and the police will play for the Equistar Program.

Tickets are $5 from members of either department and will be available at the door. Tickets include a party afterward in the ice pavilion's Stone House.


Parole Division rules out building as new office site

NIAGARA FALLS -- The state Parole Division has ruled out the former School Administration Annex building at Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street as a new site for its office in Niagara Falls.

"We have taken into consideration the concerns of the community and the City Council and decided against pursuing the Sixth Street location for a new parole office," division spokesman John Caher said Tuesday.

The Council adopted a resolution Monday opposing the location because of neighborhood opposition and because it is near Carolyn's House, a residence for homeless women and children.

School Board member James Cancemi, who owns a furniture store nearby, pointed out that several school buses pick up and drop off children at that intersection.

Caher said the Parole Division still is seeking a new location because its present office in the Third Street business district is small and outmoded.


'Drug czar' Kerlikowse to speak here Tuesday

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

Kerlikowske is director of national drug control policy for the Obama administration.

Tickets are $35 or $300 for a table of up to 10. For tickets, call Amy Samuelson at 827-9462.

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