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Poloncarz urged to back off his intentions to issue bonds

A divided Erie County Legislature on Thursday asked County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz to forgo his plan to have the county issue bonds and instead have the state-appointed county control board borrow money this year for large projects.

Poloncarz plans to have Erie County issue the long-term general obligations next month for $24.2 million in capital projects, rather that do the borrowing through the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority.

The county in recent years has had the control board issue bonds because it can borrow money at a lower rate, but staff for Poloncarz has said he wants the county to return to issuing bonds on its own with the hope of improving the county's credit rating. Six legislators oppose that plan.

The Legislature on Thursday voted, 6-5, to approve a nonbinding resolution urging Poloncarz to do the borrowing through the control board to save about $66,000 a year during the 13-year life of the bonds.

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Coppola OK'd for post on State Parole Board

The State Senate this week confirmed the appointment of Marc A. Coppola, a former state senator and Buffalo Common Council member, to a $101,600-per-year post on the State Parole Board.

News of the confirmation came from the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who nominated Coppola to the position, while salary information came from State Senate staff.

Also this week, the State Senate confirmed two Cuomo nominees to serve on the board of directors of the Peace Bridge Authority.

Philip J. Tantillo, a certified public accountant who has served on the board since March 2010, received an extension of his term, according to the authority.

And Patrick Whelan, chief operating officer for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will take the place on the board of Gerald Lewandowski, an appointee of former Gov. George E. Pataki.

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Home respiratory therapy added to patient services

Catholic Health is adding respiratory services to the health care services that it can provide to patients in their homes.

Catholic Health Home Respiratory, a partnership between Catholic Health Home Care and American HomePatient, will offer oxygen therapy supplies and equipment, as well as sleep therapy supplies, including CPAP, equipment, aerosolized medications and nebulizers and respiratory care assessments, including testing and monitoring, according to Joyce Markiewicz, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Home Health Care.

For information, call 681-2242 or visit www.chsbuffalo.org/homecare.

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Free concert slated Tuesday at Niagara Falls State Park

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert in Niagara Falls State Park on Tuesday. The concert, which gets under way at 7 p.m. on Goat Island, is the first in a series of BPO concerts at parks in the Falls, East Aurora, South Buffalo and Lancaster.