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'Alix's Law' clears a hurdle with State Senate approval

The 2011 death of a young Amherst woman and the highly publicized trial of a local doctor has led to State Senate passage of a bill making it illegal to leave the scene after a vehicle hits any object.

The bill, known as "Alix's Law," after 18-year-old Alexandria Rice, passed the Senate on Monday. Though it must still be approved in the Assembly and by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the bill would hold drunken drivers accountable for leaving the scene of accident without investigating it themselves and reporting it to law enforcement, according to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, chief sponsor in the Senate.

Rice was killed on a longboard almost a year ago. Dr. James Corasanti was convicted of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in connection with the incident but was acquitted of other charges after he maintained he was unaware he had hit a person.



Grand opening festivities set today at farmers' market

WHEATFIELD -- The Wheatfield Farmers' Market today is sponsoring grand opening activities ushering in the market's third season.

The market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot of the Town Hall campus, 2800 Church Road, near Niagara Falls Boulevard. Featured are fresh produce and a wide variety of specialty items from a variety of vendors.

Also available during the grand opening are children's activities and treats, a bounce house, games and a craft table.



Criminal-past hiring rule headed for further scrutiny

A panel of city lawmakers decided Tuesday to wait to hear from the business community and other stakeholders before making any decisions about whether to ban a question on job applications regarding an applicant's criminal past.

The proposal, if adopted, would ban the city, its vendors, and private and nonprofit employers within city limits from asking potential employees about prior criminal convictions on job applications, with some exceptions. Employers would be able to ask about prior convictions and conduct background checks after an application has been received.

The Common Council's Legislation Committee on Tuesday adopted general language supportive of limiting discrimination of people with criminal records but is expected to discuss specific legislative action next month, said the proposal's sponsor, Majority Leader Demone A. Smith.



Smoke-free housing session set Thursday at Roswell Park

Landlords, property managers and health advocates are invited to a free breakfast meeting to discuss smoke-free multiunit housing.

The event is hosted by the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and will be held at 8:15 a.m. Thursday on the campus of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the Zebro Conference Room, 690 Virginia St.

To make reservations or for more information, call Jenna Brinkworth at 845-1615 or email