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A recent spate of underachievement has led Catholic Charities of Buffalo to lower its goals for 2010.
Bishop Edward Kmiec of the Diocese of Buffalo announced a $10.5-million goal, the lowest since 2004.
The bishop cites Western New York’s struggling economy as the primary challenge for fundraising.
The CEO of Catholic Charities, Dennis Walczyk, says the lower goal was designed so that the organization would be better assured of meeting it.
The official Catholic Charities Appeal 2010, a sort of “rush week” for donations, takes place March 21st through 28th in the Diocese of Buffalo, which includes Genesee County Catholic parishes. The appeal’s fiscal year ends in June.

A Special Senate Committee of Inquiry has recommended that Senator Hiram Monserrate resign from office; and now the Queens Democrat’s own political party has turned on him as well.
Edgar Santana, the Deputy Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee, says that Monserrate’s conviction has quote, “brought disrepute to the Senate Chamber, his colleagues and the Democratic party.”
Santana also says that if Monserrate does not resign, the Democratic party will call on the Senate for his immediate expulsion.

An Erie County man has been charged with stealing a firearm from a Corfu gun store.
28-year-old Jason Freeman has been charged with a felony count of grand larceny for allegedly stealing a gun from A and K Giun Sales in the Village of Corfu.
Freeman was given an appearance ticket and told to return to court next week.

A court appearance ticket was also given to 18-year-old Eric Halsey of Main Street Road, Batavia.
Halsey is accused of grabbing a woman by the face, threatening to harm her…and smash the windows of her car.

Today marks one year since US Airways flight 1549 splash landed in New York's Hudson River.  Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely guided the plane into the water after it struck a flock of birds shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport en route to North Carolina.  His actions saved the lives of 155 people on board the jet. 

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