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Harold McNeil

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


Antagonism that has developed between the Tonawanda City Council and residents who regularly attend the Council's bi-monthly meetings continued unabated Tuesday night.Much of the friction stems from some residents' unhappiness over the city's recent property assessment updates. However, recently the Council has been challenged on issues ranging from its policy on hold…

Copies of the City of Tonawanda's proposed $9.8 million budget for 1990 were made available at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting in anticipation of today's budget hearing at 8 p.m. in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.The proposed spending plan is about $700,000 higher than last year's budgeted expenditures. It calls for $4.2 million to be raised in taxes, a 6.2 percent …

The Tonawanda Town Board Monday voted to have the town accept lead agency status in the environmental review of a proposed Browning-Ferris Industries recycling center at 2321 Kenmore Ave. in the town.The study is slated to be conducted by the town's State Environmental Quality Review Committee, headed by Town Building Inspector Michael P. Hazen.Once the study is compl…

A Town of Tonawanda councilman is asking the Horizons Waterfront Commission to review a call by some area lawmakers to locate a proposed recycling center on River Road, because the project may conflict with the town's waterfront redevelopment plans.Councilman Carl J. Calabrese said he is not necessarily against locating the proposed Browning-Ferris Industries recyclin…

The election petition fraud case against former Tonawanda City Community Development Director Timothy W. Murray was adjourned for a sixth time today as the defense attempted to subpoena several witnesses.Murray's attorney, James Harrington, subpoenaed The Buffalo News, the Erie County district attorney's office and the County Board of Elections. Edward J. Mahoney, dem…

Douglas "Duggan" Michaels is lucid and doing well, his physician says."He's been talking to us. It's really pleasing to see," said Dr. Fred Luchette, who is treating the Wheatfield teen-ager for head injuries suffered in a hit-run accident Feb. 17. Douglas came out of a coma this week, the second time he has recovered from a coma in five years.Head injuries, Luchette …

A Wheatfield teen-ager who was comatose since being struck by a hit-and-run driver two weeks ago has regained consciousness, his parents said today.It marks the second time in his short life that Douglas "Duggan" Michaels, 18, of 7442 Townline Road has come out of a coma. At age 13, he was unconscious for six weeks after falling from a tree, and doctors said then that…

National Fuel has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expand its gas pipelines through Grand Island, a spokesman for the utility said Wednesday.Arthur K. Coon, National Fuel's public relations manager, said the application is for the first phase of its proposal. It calls for a north-south crossing of the island that would connect two …

A North Tonawanda police officer has filed a $1 million sexual-harassment lawsuit against the city's mayor, police chief, a police lieutenant and the North Tonawanda Police Benevolent Association.Officer Kathleen E. Poulsen is seeking damages for alleged sexual harassment. She also is suing for back pay, benefits and attorneys' fees.The 10-page lawsuit was filed Monda…

The Tonawanda Town Board voted Monday to end its contract with a New Mexico company working on the cleanup of radioactive contamination from the former EAD Metallurgical plant now that the first phase of the project is completed.Eberline Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., was hired as a consultant for the cleanup project in 1984. Thomas Kelly, the Town Board's special counsel…

Douglas "Duggan" Michaels was a spunky 13-year-old the first time he miraculously fought his way out of a six-week coma. The Wheatfield youngster had fallen 20 feet from a friend's backyard tree, suffering severe head injuries, including brain-stem damage.Last Saturday, Doug, now 18, was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking with a friend along Niagara Falls Bo…

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda was closed today while crews worked to repair a water-main break beneath the school.School officials said they expected the school to reopen Friday.The Tuesday break caused a slight disruption Wednesday for pupils and staff, Principal Leslie Racz said."Initially there was some anxiety, but I'm proud of the …

Erie County is to blame for inaccurate data that was used to determine updated property assessments in the City of Tonawanda, according to Assessor Albert Graf.Graf told residents at Tuesday night's City Council meeting that information on the city's 6,500 parcels was collected during a countywide program in the 1970s. He said a lack of interior inspections on some of…

Twenty-four French foreign exchange students bid "au revoir" to their hosts from Kenmore East and West senior high schools Tuesday night at a potluck dinner in the Philip Sheridan School on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore.The contingent from Caen, France, arrived here Feb. 5. Today they left, taking with them a firmer command of the English language and fond memories of a v…