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Vote expected on contract for command police officers

Orchard Park Town Board members hope to vote on a contract for command officers in the Police Department at their next meeting March 7.

Board members Eugene Majchrzak and David Kaczor said they spent 5 1/2 hours in a negotiating session Tuesday night. Majchrzak said there are some minor language issues that need to be addressed, but he hopes the command officers could have the opportunity to vote on the contract next week.

The board last week approved a contract with the Police Benevolent Association that includes a three-year pay freeze. The PBA contract, which is a five-year contract, freezes salaries for the first three years, then increases pay by 3.25 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent in 2015.

The contract also provides for current officers to pay 5 percent of health insurance costs, and new officers will pay 10 percent. A seventh pay step was added for new hires, whose starting pay will be $42,500, 25 percent below the previous starting salary.

In return for the concessions, the contract states none of the 22 police officers would be laid off during the contract.

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'Bookmobile' hits the road as site for tax preparation

Free tax preparation will be offered Saturday for anyone with an income of $49,000 or less at the Robert Ryan North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road.

The service will be delivered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Income TAXi, a blue bus that formerly served as the library "bookmobile."

To reserve a space, call 211 or (888) 696-9211. Participants are asked to make sure they bring all W2 forms, photo identification, their Social Security number and last year's tax form. The program is sponsored by the community center, Daemen College, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto.

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Buffalo to be host city for National Veterans Games

The 2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games haven't even taken place yet, but already Buffalo is looking forward to the 2013 games.

Buffalo will be the host city for next year's event and anticipates 2,500 people will attend or participate.

The announcement was made Tuesday in the chambers of City Judge Robert Russell, who established the nation's first Veteran's Treatment Court.

The games are for veterans over the age of 55 and involve 14 sports and recreational activities, including swimming, cycling, golf, shot-put and horseshoes.

This year's games begin May 31 in St. Louis.

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VA death certificates turned over to City Clerk

Death certificates that had been housed and processed by Veterans Affairs of Western New York Healthcare System are now archived and processed at the Buffalo City Clerk's Office.

The changeover from the VA to the city took place Feb. 1.

For more information, contact Deputy Clerk of Vital Statistics Milly Castro at 851-5442.