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Two officials support Cuomo pension proposal

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Treasurer Kyle R. Andrews and County Legislature Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove have released a statement this week supporting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to create a less lucrative pension program for newly hired public employees.

Andrews and Updegrove support the Tier VI proposal, which is opposed by public employee unions who see it as a first step toward attacking the pension plans of current workers and retirees.

Cuomo's plan would require new workers to make larger contributions toward their own pensions, while it increases the age to become fully vested.

"Pension costs, particularly the local share, are unsustainable under the current system," Updegrove said. "New York State's retirement system imposes an oppressive burden on property taxpayers."

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New Era designs caps to aid Roswell Park research

A series of three specially designed New Era caps have been introduced to benefit research and patient support at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The caps -- entitled Believe, Your Cancer Cure and Courage -- are priced at $17.99 and are available atwww.NewEraCap.com.

"Finding a cancer cure is a cause that is very important to New Era," says company CEO Christopher Koch. "Our designers worked hard to create a collection that is not only empowering, but also brings hope to those battling cancer and their families."

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YMCA branch launches fundraising campaign

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's branch of YMCA Buffalo Niagara has begun its fundraising effort for the 2012 Strong Kids Campaign under the leadership of campaign Co-Chairmen Donald E. Burns and Albert Parker.

Funds raised through the campaign will be used to provide financial assistance to those unable to afford the YMCA's programs and services and to ensure that no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Donations will be accepted online or through check or money order before March 1, made payable to "Niagara Falls Family YMCA" and mailed directly to 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

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More than 80 teams set to join Cheer for the Cure

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than 80 cheerleading and dance teams from Western New York, Ontario and Pennsylvania will take part in the 13th annual Cheer for the Cure on Saturday and Sunday in Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. Competition begins at 10 a.m. both days.

Sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western New York, it features dance and all-star teams Saturday. Sunday's competition includes school and recreation, Little Loop, college and special-needs teams. Grand prize winners will be chosen each day.

More than 3,000 spectators have attended previous contests. Last year's event raised more than $32,000 for diabetes research. Admission is $5.