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Harold McNeil

Harold McNeil has been a staff reporter for The Buffalo News since 1989. He currently covers Amherst.


Opponents of a natural gas pipeline route through Grand Island are vowing to continue their fight against the proposal once it goes before the federal government for final approval.After months of delay, the state Public Service Commission Wednesday unanimously approved Empire State Pipeline's proposal for a 155-mile natural gas pipeline route from Canada to Syracuse.Emp…

Opponents of a natural gas pipeline route through Grand Island are vowing to continue their fight against the proposal once it goes before the federal government for final approval.After months of delay, the state Public Service Commission Wednesday unanimously approved Empire State Pipeline's proposal for a 155-mile natural gas pipeline route from Canada to Syracuse.Emp…

The large county parking lot at Ellicott Creek Island Park in the Town of Tonawanda soon will be opened as a designated NFTA park-and-ride site.The announcement was made Wednesday by County Legislature Majority Leader Leonard R. Lenihan, D-Town of Tonawanda, and Legislator William A. Pauly, R-Amherst.The park-and-ride site will expand transit access to the county's north…

Opponents of a natural gas pipeline route through Grand Island are vowing to continue their fight against the proposal once it goes before the federal government for final action.After months of delay, the state Public Service Commission Wednesday unanimously approved Empire State Pipeline's proposal for a 155-mile natural gas pipeline route from Canada to Syracuse.Empir…

About 30 Town of Tonawanda residents voiced their concerns over the possible environmental effects of a proposed oil pipeline at an informational meeting Tuesday in St. Edmund's School.The meeting was called by town Councilman Carl J. Calabrese, who last November announced he intended to fight Kiantone Pipeline Corp.'s request to build a 19.6 miles of 10-inch-diameter pipe…

About 30 Town of Tonawanda residents voiced their concerns Tuesday over the possible environmental effects of a proposed oil pipeline that would run through the town.Issues were raised over the impact a line rupture might have on Ellicott Creek, nearby neighborhoods and wildlife at an informational meeting in St. Edmund's School.The meeting was called by Councilman Carl …

Several Town of Tonawanda residents will appeal to the town Planning Board on Wednesday to stop a proposed vehicle storage yard from being built near a playground in their neighborhood.The park is within a 400-foot- by-200-foot plot of land owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., and half of the property, now open space, would be used for the storage lot and a fence if a sp…

Town of Tonawanda residents opposing a recycling center proposed for Kenmore Avenue have filed a lawsuit against the Town Board.State Supreme Court Justice George F. Francis will hear arguments in the case Wednesday morning.David J. Seeger, the residents' lawyer, said they will try to persuade the judge to void the Town Board's Dec. 17 resolution that granted Browning-Ferr…

Town of Tonawanda residents opposing a recycling center proposed for Kenmore Avenue have filed a lawsuit against the Town Board.State Supreme Court Justice George F. Francis will hear arguments in the case Wednesday morning.David J. Seeger, the residents' lawyer, said they will try to persuade the judge to void the Town Board's Dec. 17 resolution that granted Browning-Ferr…

Construction is under way on a boat launch facility at Isle View Park in the Town of Tonawanda.The four-bay launch is part of a $1.3 million construction project at the Erie County park on the Niagara River.The project was scheduled to be done in two phases, but if all goes according to plan, the whole construction could be done by summer, said County Legislator Charles M.…

Construction is under way on a boat launch facility at Isle View Park in the Town of Tonawanda.The four-bay launch is part of a $1.3 million construction project at the Erie County park on the Niagara River.The project was scheduled to be done in two phases, but if all goes according to plan, the whole construction could be done by summer, said Erie County Legislator Charl…

The City of Tonawanda has been advised not to pursue foreclosure proceedings against the former Envirotek I property at 153 Fillmore Ave.City Attorney Joseph J. Cassata Jr. gave that advice to city officials this week after the federal government agreed to turn the property over to the city. Cassata expressed concern that the site may not be fully decontaminated and cautio…

Tough financial times are ahead for the City of Tonawanda, Mayor Alice A. Roth warned residents in her state of the city address Tuesday night.The message she conveyed is that fiscal problems at the state and federal levels mean the city will have to become more self-reliant as the city prepares a new budget."An assessment of our current revenues shows an uneasy reliance…

After a near two-month respite, the battle between the Tonawanda City Council and the Tonawanda Taxpayers Association resumed in earnest Tuesday.Meetings had been relatively conflict-free since both sides met in November, at the urging of City Attorney Joseph J. Cassata, in an attempt to iron out their differences.Among the more interesting developments at Tuesday night's …

Tonawanda Town Clerk Gordon H. Tresch Monday told the Town Board he will retire Feb. 14 from the post he has held for 15 years.Tresch, a Republican, said he had previously announced to friends and colleagues that he did not intend to seek re-election to a fourth four-year term as town clerk in November. His current term is set to expire at the end of the year.Tresch, 69, …