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Local law enacted 
to override tax cap

SILVER CREEK – The Hanover Town Board enacted a local law Monday that would allow it to override the state cap on increasing taxes.

Acting at the regular meeting, board members asked for comments at a public hearing, then unanimously approved the local law.

Councilman Kevin O'Connell said the board does not intend to exceed the tax cap but passed the law as a protective measure. Board members are expected to be faced with some tough decisions in the 2013 spending plan. Increases in retirement contributions, health insurance and workers' compensation insurance may push the limit.

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Full ballot count to start
in 63rd District primary

The Erie County Board of Elections will begin its full count of ballots in the undecided 63rd State Senate District Democratic primary race between Betty Jean Grant and Timothy M. Kennedy today.

State Appellate Justice Erin M. Peradotto ruled Monday afternoon that the Board of Elections could begin its canvass of all ballots, Elections Commissioner Dennis E. Ward said.

The Board of Elections previously had been told by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia to proceed with counting only the ballots to which neither side had objected, but the elections commissioners appealed that decision Monday. In addition to machine tallies, the full count will include absentee, affidavit and unscanned ballots.

Kennedy had a 91-vote lead at last count, which did not include absentee and other types of ballots that are not tallied by voting machines.

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Business forum theme 
is opportunities for growth

The Black Capital Network and the Women's Business Center will present a forum for minority- and women-owned businesses to learn about opportunities for business growth.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace.

It will provide information on how to do business with the University at Buffalo, the City of Buffalo, Erie County, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Erie County Medical Center.

Small-business resource tables will be staffed by the following agencies: the Canisius Women's Business Center, the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, ECMC and the Empire State Development Corp. For more information, call 881-6066.

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Recyclables pickup format
 continuing to spread

LOCKPORT – The practice of collecting recyclable materials in large totes that are picked up every two weeks, pioneered in Niagara County by the City of Lockport, is continuing to spread, County Environmental Coordinator Dawn M. Timm said Monday.

The towns of Wheatfield and Wilson went to the every-other-week format in April; the Village of Wilson switched in July; and Porter and Somerset will move to the format in December.