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Ex-Council president is convention delegate

BATAVIA -- Former City Council President Paul J. Weiss has been elected as a delegate from Volusia County in Florida to the Democratic National Convention, to be held in September in Charlotte, N.C.

Weiss served 10 years on the Council, including two as president when the Democrats held a rare, brief majority on the nine-member body.

He was the top vote-getter at the Volusia County Democratic caucus, as 12 delegates were elected in the 24th Congressional District.

Weiss, who has lived in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., for several years, is a former business teacher at Notre Dame High School. He also operated his own tax service. His father, the late Phillip J. Weiss, was the only Democrat elected as a county and surrogate judge.

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Mychajliw renews request on county borrowing

Stefan Mychajliw, Republican candidate for Erie County comptroller, renewed his request Sunday for the county administration to reverse course and permit the state-appointed Fiscal Stability Authority to borrow money on behalf of the county instead of the county borrowing the money on its own account.

Mychajliw said the control board could borrow money at a lower interest rate because of its "AA " credit rating in contrast to the county's rating of "A." He said the county unnecessarily spent $860,000 in higher interest payments over the past 13 years by borrowing at the higher rate.

John J. Mills, Republican minority leader of the Erie County Legislature, and four other members of the GOP minority made the same point in a letter last week to Comptroller David J. Shenk, a Democratic appointee who is running to keep his comptroller's post.

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Health care reform is topic of community presentation

LEWISTON -- What to expect from the planned changes in health care and what issues will affect people's care will be discussed at a community presentation called "Health Care Reform: What it will mean for our community and small business," from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Community Room of Our Lady of Peace nursing care residence, 5285 Lewiston Road.

The panel discussion and question period will be sponsored by Mount St. Mary's Hospital and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce. It will include a discussion of collaborative efforts to share important clinical information to improve the quality and reduce the cost of medical care.

A continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. will precede the program. Advance registration is required with Fred Caso, St. Mary's vice president for community relations, at fred.caso@msmh.org.

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Sewer District spending on improvements approved

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Sewer District will spend $1.87 million on improvements at its Wheatfield treatment plant and on clearing rights of way for new sewer lines.

The County Legislature approved the package last week.