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It appears the the race for Niagara County Sheriff in the coming election could be a foregone conclusion.

Democratic incumbent James Voutour has garnered support from all five parties that are appearing on the ballot. The county's Democrats are joined by Republicans, Conservatives, Independents and the Working Families party in backing Voutour.

The deadline for candidates filing for inclusion on the ballot is next week.

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Nearly a dozen New York State counties, including Erie and Niagara, are being asked to return millions of dollars in Medicaid payments to Washington.

The monies in question were dispersed in 2009, and questions have arisen as to the guidelines provided for when these supplemental reimbursements are to be measured from and how much must be repaid. At issue are $5.3 million for Erie County and $1.3 million for Niagara County. Erie County used the money for ECMC hospital and nursing home expenses. Niagara County folded the money into its budget.

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Niagara County's Emergency Preparedness Program has received a perfect score in state performance reviews.

 The county's program has received exceptional scores for three consecutive years, including reviews by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York State Department of Health reviewed the program this year.

A second local judge has committed to handing down jail time for convicted copper thieves.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set the precedent, and now State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch, Sr. is following suit. Kloch announced his intentions during the arraignments of a pair of culprits in court on Thursday.

Farkas claims that the stiffer sentences led to a decrease in the crime in the past.
 

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