Grisanti withdraws support from Sunday beer-tap bill
State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti said Tuesday he has withdrawn his support for a bill to allow large sports stadiums in New York - including Ralph Wilson Stadium - to turn on their beer taps an hour earlier, at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
The Buffalo Republican had earlier indicated interest in the bill as way to cut down on underage and irresponsible drinking at tailgate parties that typically take place in stadium parking lots. But Tuesday he said he has withdrawn his support after further review.
"Once I determined that surrounding business interests would be put at a competitive disadvantage, I decided not to move the bill, and it will not be moved in the future," he said Tuesday.
The bill didn't pass the just-completed session of the State Legislature but could be reconsidered if lawmakers return to Albany this year in special session.
Krull Park Beach closed indefinitely due to bacteria
OLCOTT - The Niagara County Health Department on Tuesday ordered the indefinite closure of Krull Park Beach on Lake Ontario to swimming.
It was the first closure of the season at the beach, which was closed seven times last summer because of high bacteria levels in water samples. The same reason was cited for Tuesday's closure, which comes sooner than the first closure in 2011, which was announced July 7.
County officials investigating the frequent closures last year said they thought the source of the bacteria was high levels of E. coli bacteria washing onto the beach from large concentrations of seagull droppings on the nearby piers.
Meeting will feature plan ?to remove arsenic
MIDDLEPORT - A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today in the Middleport Fire Company hall, 28 Main St., to discuss the state Department of Environmental Conservation's plan to excavate soil from 181 properties in the village, mostly homes, in order to remove arsenic blown there by winds passing over FMC Corp.'s Middleport plant in past decades.
State officials also will be in the fire hall for a less formal discussion from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. A public comment period on the plan lasts through July 30.
FMC, which favors a less expensive plan that would excavate 152 properties and remove less dirt, also announced Tuesday that it will keep its community liaison office open extra hours through July 30 to discuss the issues. The office, which opens at 9 a.m. most weekdays, will remain open as late as 8 p.m. during the comment period. A full schedule is available at www.cms.middleportny.com, or by calling 735-9769 to make an appointment.
Brothers of Mercy to host?three free outdoor concerts
The Brothers of Mercy community in Clarence will host three free outdoor summer concerts on the patio of the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 10570 Bergtold Road.
Terry Buchwald's Elvis tribute is Thursday; Craig Wilkins and the Western New Yorkers, performing country music, is July 12; and the Yesterday Band, with music of the '60s, '70s and '80s, is Aug. 2. The concerts begin at 6:45 p.m. and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For details, go to www.brothersofmercy.org.