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1. Today is an important day in particular for our downstate neighbors who continue to weather the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy about five weeks ago, but when Andrew M. Cuomo goes to Washington, D.C., he will be working for every taxpayer in the state. The governor has visits planned with congressional leaders in both parties during vital meetings in which he is expected to request more than $40 billion in federal aid to help shoulder the cost of superstorm cleanup and prevent the damage caused by future weather disasters. He and the New York congressional delegation plan an early evening news conference to give an update on cleanup funding.

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2. Today is the International Day of Persons With Disabilities in New York State, and a local state lawmaker had a major hand in the new designation. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, authored the bill marking Dec. 3 as an annual occasion, and he will be on hand at 11 a.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville, to present the museum an official certificate and the pen used by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign the bill, enacting it as a new law.

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3. Those who have a taste for holiday fiction and like to share in the excitement of the holidays, might want to consider visiting the Royalton Hartland Community Library, 9 Vernon St., Middleport, tonight. Members of the book club will discuss holiday-themed fiction starting at 7 in the community room. All adults are welcome to share their seasonal favorites. For information, call 735-3281.

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4. Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is still three weeks away, but part of the talk today will involve New Year’s Eve. The Independent Health Foundation and other civic leaders will host a news conference at 11 a.m. to talk about First Night Buffalo, the 24th annual alcohol-free event to help ring in the new year. The gathering continues to draw big crowds downtown for an affordable bash that includes carnival rides, music and other entertainment.

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5. The Glen Park Tavern, in Williamsville, plans to celebrate the 125th birthday of the popular stomping grounds in style this evening. A stagecoach will arrive at the Main Street pub at about 6, carrying a cast of historic characters, including William Fargo, a two-time mayor of Buffalo and founder of the Wells Fargo stagecoach company. Current Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa also will be aboard. Complimentary food and drink will accompany tales of tavern days gone by.

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6. McGuire Development Co. bought the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital on Thursday and is wasting no time putting a new shine on the shuttered health care facility. Work crews plan to arrive at the Michigan Avenue site at 9:30 this morning to start tearing out weeds and picking up debris that has collected in recent months. “We’re taking an aggressive approach so we can make an immediate impact at the facility and within the neighborhood,” says James F. Dentinger, company president.

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7. Income-eligible residents who could use some help with heating bills this winter and who haven’t already applied for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), have another chance to do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. Proof of income, proof of the number of people in your household, proof of address and a current gas bill are required to apply.