Niagara Gazette — •••
CITED FOR ROLE: William E. Leggiero Jr. of Lewiston, has been named the recipient of the coveted Chairman’s Award presented by the Buffalo Federal Executive Board. Recently retired as director of the Federal Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center, formerly located in downtown Niagara Falls, Leggiero served as chairman of the Federal Executive Board from 2008 to 2012.
Leggiero will be joining several other award winners from civilian, military, postal and law enforcement  agencies at a luncheon May 8 at the Buffalo Convention Center.
The Buffalo FEB is a group of agencies to identify and advance common issues impacting the nation at large, such as emergency preparedness, employee safety and security.
ON CAPITOL HILL: A descendant of a pioneer state lawmaker from the Cataract City was welcomed to the floor of the state Assembly in Albany this past week. Bob Welch, a great-great nephew of Thomas V. Welch, and his wife Anne Welch, clerk-treasurer of the Village of Lewiston, were welcomed to the capitol by Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston. Thomas Welch served as the first superintendent of the Niagara Falls State Park after it was established in July 1885. He also had a role in approving legislation for the city charter for Niagara Falls in 1892.
RADICAL REACTION: A customer at a North End store on Friday was sounding off about the bombings near the Boston Marathon. “They should take away all those backpacks from everyone. Ban them! They’re worse than them assault rifles!” Tell that to the countless millions of Americans, especially students, who use backpacks daily.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, 2246.