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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 the Black Capital Network at 881-6066 or the Women's Business Center at 888-8280.

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Funding authorized to aid
 domestic violence victims

The Erie County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Monday unanimously authorized the Erie County Department of Social Services to enter or amend contracts to expand nonresidential services to domestic violence victims.

At its Monday session, the committee authorized County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz to provide $58,033 to Child and Family Services, Crisis Services, Hispanics United and the Family Justice Center to expand their nonresidential services to domestic violence victims.

The funds come from a federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families grant, and no local funds are being increased.

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Brothers of Mercy home
 to hold open house Oct. 3

The Brothers of Mercy Sacred Heart Adult Home at 4520 Ransom Road in Clarence will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

Tours and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Admissions Director Kristen Woskowicz, 759-6985, Ext. 331, or woskowicz@brothersofmercy.org.