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Republican Minority Caucus unanimous in support of veto

The six members of the Erie County Legislature's Republican Minority Caucus said Tuesday they will vote to sustain County Executive Chris Collins' veto of the Legislature majority's redistricting plan.

A vote on the issue is expected to be taken at the Legislature's next regular meeting Thursday. The Legislature needs approval from a two-thirds majority of its 15 members to override the veto.

"The Minority Caucus stands together against the proposed map," Minority Leader John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park. "Among its many flaws, the map is disrespectful to the rural communities and doesn't support 'one man, one vote.' This is one of the worst examples of a gerrymandered map I have seen."


Niagara Falls, Ont., mayor endorses stunt by Wallenda

The mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont., has given his endorsement to plans for a high-wire walk across the Niagara River above Niagara Falls, State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, reports.

In a letter to Maziarz, Mayor James Diodati declared that the performance planned by daredevil Nik Wallenda would put Niagara Falls in the spotlight around the world. Last week, the State Legislature approved a special measure to allow the walk within one year after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs the bill into law. The measure provides that the Wallendas pay for the expenses for the event.


Letter calls for restoration of homeland security funding

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz on Tuesday released a letter he wrote to New York's two U.S. senators, asking them to support legislation that would restore federal homeland security funding to the Buffalo Niagara region.

Thomas Beatty, chief deputy of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, said the region is losing out on $5.2 million this fiscal year, divided among Buffalo, Erie County and Niagara County. The latter would have received $875,000 until the Obama administration decided to limit funding to 10 of the nation's largest cities.

Glatz asked Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to back an amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, that passed the House on June 2, restoring funding in 2011-12 for smaller metro areas.


'Summerfest' makes its debut at Porter on the Lake Park

YOUNGSTOWN -- A new festival, "Summerfest," will be held from 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday at Porter on the Lake Park, on Dietz Road, off of Route 18.

The summer festival replaces the previous Labor Day event known Labor Fest. The family event is being held to benefit the park and is a full day festival featuring food, vendors, beer and wine, as well as three local bands: 90 West, JJ Swing Band and Rip & the Bandogs.

Children's activities will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., and the evening will conclude with a fireworks display over Lake Ontario.

Admission is $5 per adult, with children 12 and under free.

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