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Cost of erosion project cut following Army Corps talks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will cut $207,468 from the cost of the Canadaway Creek Stream Bank Erosion Project in Fredonia following an appeal by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Schumer announced Thursday.

The move also will save the Village of Fredonia more than $58,000 in local payments for the project.

"We brought everyone to the table," Higgins said, "and as a result of that discussion, the Army Corps of Engineers agreed to waive certain costs for the [project]."

The project, which would install a 720-foot trench along the left bank of Canadaway Creek, had been stalled due to complications over the village's share of the costs.

The project is considered a priority because continued erosion endangers a sewer main that runs along the creek.

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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.

Coppola was a member of the Common Council when he won a special election in 2006 to take Byron W. Brown's place in the State Senate after Brown was elected Buffalo mayor.

Coppola was defeated for re-election that year and, in 2007, he was appointed a special assistant in the state Division of Parole, a job that paid $80,712, The News reported in 2010.

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.

Authority directors do not receive a salary.

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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.

Also offered are 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.