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State Senate likely to OK three members to the board

ALBANY -- The State Senate this week is expected to approve the nominations of three new members of the New York Power Authority's board, including a leading Buffalo banker poised to become the agency's influential chairman.

Two of the new members are from Western New York -- John Koelmel, the president and chief executive officer of First Niagara Financial Group, and Terrance Flynn, a Buffalo lawyer and former U.S. Attorney for Western New York in the Bush administration.

The third nomination to the power authority board by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, a Republican who endorsed the Democratic governor in 2010.


Annual Veterans Pow Wow slated for Community Center

IRVING -- Iroquois Post 1587, American Legion, will host its annual Veterans Pow Wow July 13-15 at the Cattaraugus Community Center on Route 138.

The weekend will feature family flag honorings, food and craft vendors, educational exhibits, Western-style and smoke dance competitions and drum competitions. For information, visit

"The theme of this year's pow wow is 'Honor All Veterans,' " said Bud Thompson, co-chairman of Veterans Pow Wow. "This reflects the Seneca people's deep respect and appreciation for all veterans, both native and non-native."


Foreclosure specialists set to offer help to homeowners

Mortgage foreclosure prevention specialists from the state Department of Financial Services will meet with Buffalo area homeowners already in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure.

The specialists will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the department's Mobile Command Center, which will be parked at Belmont Housing Services, 1195 Main St.

The specialists will offer information about specific loan modification programs and guidance on how homeowners can file complaints of possible abuses such as predatory lending practices.

Also, housing counselors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be available.

Homeowners should bring with them any documents relevant to their individual situations, such as records of mortgage payments or letters from lenders or mortgage servicers.

Homeowners also may file complaints using the department's website, or by calling the toll-free foreclosure hotline at 1-800-269-0990 or (518) 457-1654 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Drainage repairs to result in Oak Street lane closings

There will be intermittent lane closings on Oak Street in downtown Buffalo for the next two months as drainage structures are repaired, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday. As a result, Oak Street, between Goodell and South Division streets, will have intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The work is weather-sensitive and may be delayed during inclement weather.