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Pataki Brings More Money, Clinton Touts McCall

By Howard Riedel

Buffalo, NY – Governor Pataki was in Buffalo Wednesday to announce a $200,000 grant to the Cheektowaga Senior Center and promote his re-election campaign.

In a meeting with editors and reporters of the Buffalo News, Pataki said he thought the Outer Harbor waterfront property currently owned by the NFTA would make an excellent state park. US Senator Charles Schumer has written to Pataki suggesting an appropriate government agency take over the property unless the NFTA can come up with a plan to develop it.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall hitched his campaign Wednesday to his party's biggest star. McCall and former President Bill Clinton made several campaign stops in New York City.

Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano says he supports a constitutional amendment to keep the state from creating programs that counties would have to pay for. Golisano says he can cut property taxes in New York by 20 to 30 percent by cutting back on unfunded mandates and increasing the efficiency of programs such as Medicaid and education.