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By Jill Terreri

Good morning, 

At 10 a.m. today, Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda will swear in 20 new police recruits at police headquarters. In December, 33 officers graduated from the police academy. 

At 11 a.m., the mayor's CitiStat team will question members of the Community Services Department, which is led by Otis Barker and focuses on youth employment, senior services, summer reading initiatives and recreational programming, among other things. A video of the meeting will be posted on the city's web site

And Council Member Darius G. Pridgen has introduced a measure of support for "Amanda Lynn's Law," which is sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti (S.1590) and is named after Amanda Wienckowski, whose death remains unsolved. Pridgen is also asking that the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office explain their autopsy findings in the case during a Council committee meeting.  

Grisanti's law would strengthen penalties for offenders who improperly dispose of human remains for the purpose of concealing a death. Pridgen's measure is below.  

Support for Amanda Lynn's Law by

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Jill Terreri

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Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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