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Jay Rey covers education and Buffalo Public Schools for The Buffalo News. He has been a reporter at The News since 1993.


When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Chito Olivencia was up all night calling friends and family in his little hometown of Hormigueros to make sure everyone was okay. "I couldn't get anybody," said Olivencia, a longtime leader in Buffalo's Puerto Rican community. Lucy Candelario has been trying to reach her cousin, Roger, in Humacao, located along the easte…

It took 13 years, but the 250-plus administrators for the Buffalo Public Schools finally have a new contract that includes raises. But, for the first time, it also requires contributions toward their health insurance. The deal also came with some caution for the cash-strapped school district. The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday approved, 8-0, a three-year de…

A free after-school program that introduced soccer to thousands of Buffalo kids over the years is getting a big boost from a big donor. Soccer for Success was awarded $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, bringing total contributions to $1.4 million and allowing the program to not only keep running but expand to new locations and serve more kids. It's wel…

The Buffalo Public Schools postponed tonight's workshop designed to provide Buffalo parents and caregivers strategies to support boys and young men of color. The workshop is part of the My Brother's Keeper Parent Academy series, and was supposed to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at East High School, 820 Northampton St. Parents should check the district's web…

There is no shortage of quarreling in the Buffalo Public Schools over what’s best for kids, whether it’s the district versus  the teachers union or board member versus board member. But at least one group has appeared to settle its long-standing differences: the parents. Two parent factions – the District Parent Coordinating Council and the Buffalo Parent-T…

A six-week workshop designed to provide Buffalo parents and caregivers strategies to support boys and young men of color begins Monday. The workshop is part of the My Brother's Keeper Parent Academy series, sponsored by Buffalo Public Schools, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at East High School, 820 Northampton St. Participants will learn about academic…

A few weeks ago, Catherine Flanagan-Priore got a message from her husband that the Buffalo School Board was in search of candidates to replace ousted Board Member Carl P. Paladino. "LOL," she messaged back. "Are you considering this?" "No," her husband wrote. "I mean you." "I think they need someone like you who knows children and works with families," he told h…

A pediatric psychologist from South Buffalo has been selected to fill the vacancy on the Buffalo Board of Education left open by ousted Board Member Carl P. Paladino, despite Paladino's efforts to fight the appointment in court. Catherine Flanagan-Priore, 43, a pediatric psychologist at Women and Children’s Hospital, was chosen Monday night to fill the vacant Park Di…

A state judge Monday denied former Buffalo School Board Member Carl P. Paladino's request for a temporary restraining order preventing the board from filling the vacant Park District seat he used to hold. "I'm going to deny that because I think the greater harm is that no one will be representing the Park District," said State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent-Pane…

This time around, there would be no expensive School Board race, no knocking on doors or a potentially ugly campaign with candidates airing  opponents’ dirty laundry. And this time, the latest turmoil involving the Buffalo Board of Education  provides extra motivation to jump in rather scaring candidates off. Those are a couple of explanations for why a surpris…

Feb. 12, 1929 – Sept. 7, 2017 Peter P. Poth At 4 feet, 10 inches tall, Peter P. Poth may have been small in stature, but in Buffalo business circles, he was a giant. He rose through the ranks of his tax firm to become managing partner, served as chief financial officer and president of Delaware North Cos. and was on boards of numerous civic institutions. But …

Two early-morning robberies in two different parts of the city occurred within a half hour of each other Saturday. The first happened around midnight in Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo, where the victim told police he was sitting on a park bench. He was hit on the left side of his head by three males who beat him up and stole his wallet containing $30 and his license. …

Buffalo police made their presence known in the city's University Heights neighborhood over the weekend. Police broke up at least two large parties with underage drinking and loud music early Saturday morning, one on Englewood Avenue and another on Winspear Avenue. One University at Buffalo student attending the party on Winspear was found in a bedroom heavily intoxi…

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies have charged a 35-year-old woman following a one-car accident. Deputies were dispatched at about 9:30 Friday to Brumagin Road in the Town of Chautauqua for the report of an accident, officials said Saturday. Upon arrival, deputies found a vehicle in a ditch with no occupants. After an investigation, deputies later charged Jennifer…

Despite being rife with infighting and turmoil, the Buffalo School Board has found plenty of interested candidates willing to join. Sixteen applicants have thrown hats into the ring to replace ousted Board Member Carl P. Paladino — in a search process that began Wednesday at City Hall with the first round of public interviews for those seeking the vacant Park Distric…