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Deidre Williams has covered city schools for The Buffalo News since 2013.

The red brick building tucked away at the corner of Hertel and Delaware avenues – once the home of the North Park Branch Library – is now a local landmark. But the Crosby buildings – located at Pratt and Williams streets – are not. The Common Council on Tuesday reversed its original decision and voted unanimously to landmark the former library at 2351 Delaware A…

The City of Buffalo will pay $3.25 million to two Cheektowaga sisters who suffered spinal injuries when a Police Department tow truck ran a traffic light and triggered a crash downtown  four years ago. Brigette Brzezniak will get $2.25 million under a settlement that was authorized Thursday by a Common Council committee. She was 24 at the time of the accident and a passe…

March Madness isn’t the only hoops game in town this week. The Stop the Madness Basketball Tournament begins Saturday to help build relationships between young people and city authorities. Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen of the Ellicott District came up with the idea for the tournament and then teamed up with fellow Council Members Rasheed N.C. Wyatt of Un…

Parking can be a challenge on Elmwood Avenue, but that wasn’t enough to persuade residents – or the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals – to support a commercial lot proposed for the street. A vacant lot at 880 Elmwood Ave., between Lafayette and West Delavan avenues, has been empty since a three-story rental home on the site burned down in 2014. Property owner Kevin …

The yellow farmhouse at 794 Potomac Ave. that once belonged to 19th century lawyer, poet and Presbyterian minister John Chase Lord is staying up. At least for now. The Buffalo Preservation Board unanimously decided that the house, which is more than 100 years old, is worthy of landmark status. The vote last week followed a debate over whether the board would del…

The City of Buffalo recently obtained 33 vacant and run-down houses at a foreclosure auction that out-of-town landlords had all but abandoned. Now, the city is getting ready to fix up the properties so they can be sold. But instead of assigning city employees to the task, or hiring a construction firm, the city is turning to an organization that employs men and wom…

Buffalo police will be getting those 115 semi-automatic rifles, after all. But, not until every officer completes sensitivity and de-escalation training, as well as weapons training. The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the purchase of the weapons – with a stipulation that the additional training be completed before officers can use the longer-barrel…

News that the Buffalo Police Department is expected to get long-range rifles brought out a dozen residents, who do not think it’s a good idea. They came to the Common Council caucus Monday hoping to influence Tuesday’s vote scheduled for the Council’s regular meeting. The Council had been expected to approve buying the rifles, but after hearing from the concerned r…

Parents and activists across the country have rallied around Kiarre Harris, the Buffalo mother who says her children were taken from her because she started home schooling them. But court records and interviews with experts familiar with Child Protective Services cases suggest there could be more to the situation. Although Harris and her supporters remain focused on …

Protesters converged on the Buffalo School Board meeting Wednesday night and brought it to a standstill. They called for the removal of Board Member Carl P. Paladino and called out board members who offered support to Paladino. About 75 people participated in the action, which took place as the public comment period ended. That’s when chants began, and lasted for about…

It's been awhile in the making, but two battling parent groups will be speaking with one voice moving forward – thanks to efforts of the Buffalo School Board and Superintendent Kriner Cash. School district leaders encouraged the two groups -– the District Parent Coordinating Council, the school district's officially recognized parent organization, and the Buffalo Pare…

Austin Harig, the former student who narrowly lost a race for the Buffalo School Board, is taking steps to sue the city for false arrest after a grand jury dismissed gang assault charges stemming from an incident last summer at his South Buffalo home that sent another man to the hospital. James Ostrowski, who is representing Harig in the civil case, said he planned to fil…

ALEXANDER - A Batavia man died Saturday night in a one-car accident in the Town of Alexander, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. At about 9 p.m., the Emergency Dispatch Center received a call reporting that a car crashed into a tree on Seward Road and that the driver was unresponsive. When patrols arrived, they determined that the driver – Jays…

Imagine experiencing music and other sounds – even a loved one’s voice – for the first time. That’s what happens for 16-year-old Isa Habeeb and other students in a music class at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf when they try a device called Supbac. Some of the students have partial hearing while others, like Isa, are completely deaf. The technology allows them t…

Kriner Cash arrived in Buffalo in the summer of 2015 to lead a school district in disarray. A revolving door of superintendents had preceded him. Graduation rates hovered around 50 percent for years. Almost half of the district’s 56 schools were failing. And the teachers had been working without a new contract for almost 12 years. So when the reform-minded candidate fr…