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President-elect Bush today named Rep. Jack Kemp, R-Hamburg, his choice for secretary of housing and urban development, calling him "one of the primary architects of the opportunity society I'm trying to create."Bush, in a press conference, said he was asking Kemp "to bring his innovative solutions" to the problems of homelessness, housing and joblessness in the nation…

President-elect Bush will nominate Rep. Jack F. Kemp, R-Hamburg, as secretary of housing and urban development, sources say.Kemp was said to have met with Bush and his chief of staff, John H. Sununu, in the last two days. Bush offered the post to Kemp during the talk, sources said Thursday, and Kemp has accepted.Kemp, who is retiring from Congress, could not be reache…

President Reagan, President-elect Bush and a host of conservative leaders heaped praise on Rep. Jack Kemp Thursday night at his swan song appearance as a congressman."Jack Kemp has already fought and won more battles than most men dream of," Reagan told a dinner audience of 1,000 people, including 40 from the Buffalo area."But Jack Kemp's future is even greater than w…

Inspectors found deficiencies in 13 Niagara Frontier nursing homes in results of the most recent surprise inspections released by the government Thursday.Some WNY nursing homes had only one infraction. One in Niagara County had as many as 11.The inspections, contained in a 75-volume guide for consumers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, criticized so…

An international commission studing the effects of high Great Lakes levels in 1985-86 urged governments Wednesday to ban construction of vulnerable buildings along the lakes' shorelines.The International Joint Commission also studied proposals for Niagara River projects to see whether they would increase flows out of the upper lakes.The commission said no Niagara Rive…

One of the ways you can tell if a congressman is watching the store is the way he thinks ahead and heads off problems.Rep. Henry J. Nowak of Buffalo came to mind almost as soon as we cracked a massive federal report on how the "greenhouse effect" will change the temperature and precipitation patterns over the U.S.First, a word about the greenhouse effect. It's a biolo…

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, is making a long-shot bid for the chairmanship of the House Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs.LaFalce reportedly made the decision to try for the leadership of the committee, one of the most powerful in Congress, about noon Wednesday after learning of the defeat of the panel's beleaguered chairman, Rep. Fernand J. St Ger…

Rep. Jack F. Kemp, R-Hamburg, Tuesday said he feels "pretty good" about the way that George Bush campaigned for the presidency but voiced firm doubts he will play a role in the Bush administration.Kemp said Bush helped his campaign by linking it to conservative values, but said he wished Bush hadn't "coasted" for the final 10 days of the campaign. "My biggest disappoi…

Rallies organized by black leaders in two cities this week to help Michael S. Dukakis showed how important the Rev. Jesse Jackson is in building black support for the Democratic presidential nominee.They also illustrated the difficulty Dukakis is having in winning over his black audiences with any kind of convincing message.In Philadelphia Wednesday night, Mr. Jackson…

Republican presidential candidate George Bush says he will "stand by" Republican campaign ads highlighting a controversial Massachusetts prisoner furlough program that has since been modified. He labels as "ridiculous" Democratic charges that the television spots are "racist."Michael S. Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, and …

Buffalo's Mayor Griffin Monday made a surprise appearance here as a member of a new group called "Democrats for Bush."The organization, headed by former U.S. Sen. Richard Stone of Florida, includes a number of blacks and Hispanics, film actor Lee Majors and retired Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of naval operations during the Vietnam War.Griffin did not speak during the ral…

Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, announced today the federal government has released $21 million so that replacement of the aging Father Baker Bridge linking Buffalo and Lackawanna can start next year.Nowak said demolition of the mile-long span and construction of the four-bridge replacement complex would begin next March.The project will completed late in 1991, Nowak …

The House gave final passage Wednesday to a bill drafted by Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, to reform the awarding of $3.5 billion a year in contracts to minority businesses."We have, for the first time, mandated competition within . . . the program," LaFalce said.The House Small Business Committee, of which LaFalce is chairman, produced the bill after a se…

Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, announced today the federal government has released $21 million so that replacement of the aging Father Baker Bridge linking Buffalo and Lackawanna can start next year.Nowak said demolition of the mile-long span and construction of the four-bridge replacement complex would begin next March and the project will be completed late in 1991.…

The head of the U.S. Customs Service on Tuesday endorsed building a truck inspection facility near the Peace Bridge to relieve congestion.Customs Commissioner William von Raab said in a letter that he wants a panel of federal agencies located in Buffalo to decide where to put the facility.But Carlton L. Brainard, the Buffalo district director of the U.S. Customs Servi…