Joseph Popiolkowski - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

Joseph Popiolkowski

Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


When the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District decided in April to close three schools in 2016 and redraw attendance zones, officials knew the upheaval would create headaches for some families.The district, as part of its two-year-long consolidation process, has identified eight cases where the reorganization would create overly burdensome transitions and released thos…

With the Village of Kenmore facing a recent rash of thefts overnight from unlocked vehicles, the Kenmore Police Department now has a full complement of 25 officers for the first time in more than four years.The Village Board voted Tuesday night to hire Darryl A. Purucker to fill the vacancy left by the resignation in June of Jeffrey R. Mang, who was accused of pointing his…

With the Village of Kenmore facing a recent rash of thefts overnight from unlocked vehicles, the Kenmore Police Department now has a full complement of 25 officers for the first time in more than four years.The Village Board voted Tuesday night to hire Darryl A. Purucker to fill the vacancy left by the resignation in June of Jeffrey R. Mang, who was accused of pointing his…

The tug of war over proposed raises for three City of Lackawanna department heads continued Monday night when the Council unanimously voted to override a mayoral veto that reinstated the raises.Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski included raises for City Attorney Antonio M. Savaglio, City Comptroller Peggy Bigaj Sobol and Parks and Recreation Director Marcia A. Cullens in the 2014…

For one Village of Williamsville official, attempting a midblock crossing of Main Street has turned into a real-life, harrowing version of the classic 1980s arcade game “Frogger.”Like the game’s amphibious characters, pedestrians – who risk being ticketed for jaywalking – must navigate heavy traffic on a busy, five-lane thoroughfare to safely cross.“As pedestrian use of Ma…

When Patrick Ranney Jr. went to bed Tuesday he thought the City of Tonawanda’s new law allowing overnight parking on city streets had gone into effect. He had parked overnight several nights previously without incident.But he awoke to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday: a parking ticket on his truck and several other vehicles on his street.“When I see something on Facebook a…

If Monday’s work session of the Tonawanda Town Board was any indication, the town’s department heads may want to sharpen their pencils ahead of the upcoming budget process.The Town Board took the rare step of denying a department head’s request when it canceled plans to spend up to $2,000 to send two police officers to New Hampshire for a day to inspect the department’s ne…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board got its first detailed look Monday night at a proposed second phase of the district’s capital project.The first proposition for voters to consider would focus mainly on health and safety issues, compliance with codes and the Americans With Disabilities Act, and shoring up the “building envelope” at the schools.Lockers at Kenmore W…

Erie County

The Korean War is often called America’s “forgotten war” because it was waged only years after the far bloodier and costlier World War II.But 250 Town of Tonawanda residents who fought in the war to protect South Korea from an invasion by communist North Korea in June 1950 were anything but forgotten Thursday during a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Kenney Field.“We a…

Overnight parking is coming to the City of Tonawanda.By a vote of 4-1 on Tuesday night – and a month after narrowly defeating a similar proposal, the Common Council approved a resolution sponsored by 2nd Ward Alderwoman Jackie A. Smilinich to allow a trial period through Oct. 31.Currently, the city bans parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 through March 31 to allo…

The Town of Tonawanda is nearing completion of a wastewater treatment plant addition that will pass treated biosolids onto trucks to be taken elsewhere.But exactly where the treated waste will be taken has yet to be determined.The Town Board on Monday awarded contracts to Quasar Energy Group and Modern Landfill and is also exploring the possibility of an agreement with ano…

The sale of a portion of Fire Tower Drive to an adjacent manufacturer was approved Monday by the Tonawanda Town Board, opening the door to an expansion.Unifrax has plans to connect its 185,450-square-foot main facility with its 40,595-square-foot warehouse by building a 40,230-square-foot addition on what is, currently, a town-owned turnaround road.“They’re moving their se…

A push to allow overnight parking in the City of Tonawanda is still alive.Lawmakers on Tuesday revisited the issue just two weeks after a proposal to allow overnight parking on city streets was narrowly defeated after the police chief voiced several concerns.Common Council President Carleton R. Zeisz asked Council members during the work session preceding the meeting for t…

Patience is wearing thin for some Cheektowaga residents who live near a vacant, run-down Union Road plaza. About 10 neighbors of Garden Village Plaza took their concerns Monday night to the Town Board, which pledged that plans to develop the parcel owned by Benderson Development Co. are in the works.“I just met with Benderson last week, and they are looking to develop that…

A major sewer-replacement project recently ran past Franklin Middle and Elementary Schools in the Town of Tonawanda, and some residents say that turning the area into a construction zone created a hazardous situation for students.Phase three of the four-phase, $60 million Parker-Fries sewer-reconstruction project has brought truck traffic, stacks of 42-inch-diameter pipes …