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Fahey announces run for Assembly seat

Christopher J. Fahey on Friday announced he's running for the 145th district Assembly seat.

The post is currently held by Mark Schroeder, who is resigning the seat to become Buffalo city comptroller.

"For too long, Albany's policies have cost jobs in Western New York and made it harder for local families to make ends meet," Fahey said during his campaign kick-off at the Buffalo Irish Center.

Fahey, currently the senior aide to U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said that he will detail his specific plans in coming week to lower residential electricity costs, reduce regulations he believes are stifling business growth, and increase local infrastructure projects that support construction and supply jobs.

The 145th Assembly District seat includes the towns of West Seneca and Orchard Park and portions of the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna.

Schroeder has announced he will resign the seat Aug. 30. A special election to fill the remainder of Schroeder's term will be held Nov. 8.

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Mercy Flight gets loans to purchase 2 helicopters

Mercy Flight has been granted $2.65 million in federal loans for two helicopters to upgrade its emergency services in Erie and Cattaraugus counties.

The loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture include $1 million to help purchase a new $6.5 million Bell 429 twin-engine rescue helicopter for Erie County and $1.65 million to buy a BK 117 twin-engine transport helicopter for the Olean area. "These helicopters will help improve emergency response throughout many rural areas of Western New York," said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Great Lakes Beach Sweep is scheduled for Sept. 17

It's time to pick litter off Western New York's beaches during the annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep.

Volunteers are needed to participate in the cleanup day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17. Woodlawn State Park and Evangola State Park will be bases for this year's event, organizers said, but any beach in Western New York can be cleaned as part of the effort. Call Sharen Trembath, the Lake Erie coordinator, for more information at 549-4330, or visit www.greatlakesbeachsweep.com or www.alsnyc.org.

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Lectures slated by pair from Clinton administration

Two Clinton-era figures will speak in Buffalo on back-to-back days in September.

James Carville, who served President Bill Clinton as campaign manager and senior political adviser, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. His talk headlines the 2012 United Jewish Federation's kick-off dinner.

Bill Richardson, United Nations ambassador and secretary of the Department of Energy in Clinton's second term, will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Montante Cultural Center on the Canisius College campus. His talk is part of the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.