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Public hearing scheduled Monday on redistricting plan

County Executive Chris Collins has set a public hearing for 11 a.m. Monday on the Erie County Legislature's recently approved plan for 11 new legislative districts.

Eight of the Legislature's nine Democrats forced through the plan in an 8-7 vote -- too few to override a Collins veto should he reject the proposal.

The hearing will be in the 14th-floor conference room in the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St.



Deco-Fest serves as benefit to restore Central Terminal

The swing band Cherry Poppin' Daddies will headline Deco-Fest at the Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, on Friday.

Also performing will be Krypton 88 from Rochester, the Royal Crowns from Toronto and local rockabilly band Blue Ribbon Bastards.

The benefit to restore the art deco landmark will also include a burlesque performance by Chelsea Green from Pole Play Dance Studio, and pin-up model Kelly "Kelvis" Welsted, who will sign pictures and autographs.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door. For more information, go to



Annual fundraiser benefits Roswell Park, Make-A-Wish

The fifth annual Dunlop Ride for Charity, benefiting Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York, gets under way Thursday.

The event will take place in front of Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America's manufacturing plant on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. Sheridan Drive from River Road to Kenmore Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. Thursday through noon Sunday; the Niagara Thruway off-ramp will remain open.

Events on Thursday will include a motorcycle parade that ends at the plant, a 5K run, and live music. Saturday, a motorcycle "dice run" will start at 10 a.m. at the plant.

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$98 million in borrowing for ECMC OK'd by legislators

Erie County Medical Center's plan to borrow $98 million through the state-appointed control board breezed through a County Legislature committee Tuesday. The full Legislature will take up the matter June 30.

The medical center corporation has embarked on $160 million in new construction at its Grider Street campus. Included is a $103 million nursing home that would let the corporation close the Erie County Home in Alden, which is far from the hospital's base.

Medical center executives have found that they can save $118 million in repayment costs by borrowing the millions through the county's Fiscal Stability Authority.

Lawmakers also appear likely to ask the control board to arrange a $25 million loan for government improvement projects and to let the control board refinance bonds sold in 2004, to save about $1 million, through lower interest rates.

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