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Hoffmann named dean of Journalism School

OLEAN -- St. Bonaventure University has appointed Pauline Hoffmann dean of its Journalism School.

Hoffmann is an associate professor who has been serving this academic year as interim dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She succeeds Lee Coppola, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 academic year after 15 years as dean.

Hoffmann is a 1991 graduate of St. Bonaventure. She said she will continue the Journalism School's emphasis on strong writing, reporting and communicating. She earned a doctorate in communication from the University at Buffalo in 2007.



Four stepping down from key positions

BATAVIA -- There will be some new faces in local governments before year's end as four key officials, including the police chief and a Batavia Town Board member, are stepping down.

John P. Gerace, 45, a Republican with eight years on the board, has resigned. Supervisor Gregory H. Post said the seat on the five-member board will remain vacant until the board decides how to fill it. The board and the City Council are facing a controversial decision later this year on merging the city and town into one Batavia, a city with 7,000 new residents.

Police Chief Randy D. Baker retired last month after four years heading the department. Frank V. Ciaccia, assistant Genesee County manager for 20 years, is stepping down May 30.

The city school district will have a new superintendent when Margaret L. Puzio retires at the end of the school year. She has been with the district since 2002 and became superintendent in July 2008. Christopher Dailey, high school principal, has been named to a temporary position of deputy superintendent and will succeed Puzio.



State grant application for $75,000 finalized

NIAGARA FALLS -- An application for a $75,000 state grant to attract new tourists has been finalized by Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston. The application is awaiting approval by the Empire State Development Corp.

The money would be matched by a $75,000 grant from the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. to promote incoming traffic to Niagara Falls International Airport. Ceretto said this is the first time that grants would be used to promote incoming air traffic to Niagara Falls.

"This money will help attract new tourists and their money to our parks, restaurants and other local attractions, which will help to create jobs and grow the Niagara Falls economy," the assemblyman said.

He added that it would advertise "the affordability, convenience and ease of travel" that the local airport offers.



IDA plans to conduct special meeting Thursday

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Transit Grille, 5185 Transit Road.