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Central Terminal wins $10,000 competition

Buffalo's Central Terminal is reveling in recognition and dollars.

It was awarded $10,000 after receiving the most votes in a weeklong competition co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Facebook that saw hundreds take part.

The Art Deco train station bested the Colored Musicians Club, Graycliff and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

"All four of these historic Buffalo landmarks strengthen their community, and we were thrilled to see the way people in Buffalo rallied around their favorite places," said Stephanie Meeks, the National Trust's president. "Congratulations to Central Terminal for receiving the most votes and winning the grant funding."

The Central Terminal also was recently awarded a $300,000 state Regional Project Development grant. The money from the contest will go toward meeting a required $100,000 in matching funds.

Mark Lewandowski, president of Central Terminal Restoration Corp., which owns the site and has worked to bring it back from near ruin, said the state grant will be used to upgrade deteriorated entranceway canopies.

"It's great to be recognized," Lewandowski said.



Control board wage freeze upheld by federal judge

A federal judge, for the third time in as many cases, has upheld the Buffalo control board's wage freeze for city employees.

U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority did not violate the rights of workers represented by Local 264, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The court issued similar rulings in two previous cases brought by other public employee unions.

The wage freeze, imposed in April 2004, prevented all city and school district employees from receiving negotiated raises, step increases and longevity payments that are based on years of service.



Road reconstruction earns recognition

A road reconstruction project in the City of Buffalo has been recognized by the Western New York branch of the American Public Works Association.

The reconstruction of Fargo Avenue at the D'Youville College campus was named the organization's 2011 project of the year, the city said in a statement Tuesday.

The $3.5 million project, which included $90,000 in city funding, included a new traffic circle, pedestrian crosswalks and a drop-off zone.



Perreault to sign autographs at market

NIAGARA FALLS -- Buffalo Sabres legend Gilbert Perreault will sign autographs at the Niagara Holiday Market at 6 p.m. today.

The meet-and-greet with the French Connection star is free of charge.

The market, on Old Falls Street, will be open until 7 p.m.