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I'm the editor supervising The Buffalo News reporters that cover Erie County's suburbs. I started at The Buffalo News in July 2016 after working for three decades for newspapers in Syracuse and Pottsville, Pa.

Randy Dullen thought he was a goner. He had dropped about 12 feet down into the frigid Niagara River after his dog, Coco, had fallen off a dock into the water near 53rd Street in Niagara Falls. Dullen had managed to push his dog onto a piece of rotting wood sticking out of a retaining wall. But that effort, the cold water and the current had sapped him of his strength. …

Oct. 1, 1956 – Jan. 30, 2017 Dr. David S. Conschafter, a chiropractor in Cheektowaga for 27 years, died unexpectedly last Friday in his Williamsville home. He was 60. Born in Davenport, Iowa, the son of a chiropractor, he came to the Buffalo area with his family as a child and was a graduate of Williamsville North High School. He attended colleges and lived…

Here's a transcript of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's regional State of the State speech in Buffalo on Monday afternoon at the University at Buffalo. It was provided by the governor's office. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Well it is great to be at UB. Let’s give Satish Tripathi and Nancy Zimpher, a great round of applause for their great work. Really an e…

Military Times has ranked several Western New York colleges as best colleges for vets in 2017. Among four-year colleges and universities, D'Youville College was ranked as the 5th best in the country. Niagara University earned a ranking as the 44th best and the University at Buffalo as the 77th best out of 130 schools that won honors. Niagara Community College was ran…

The Cheektowaga Police Department is improperly withholding from the public the name of a 28-year-old man it arrested who later died in a town holding cell, according to the state's foremost expert on the Freedom of Information Law. The police department on Thursday denied a Freedom of Information request from The Buffalo News, declining to release any records pertainin…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town Board agreed Tuesday to join a growing number of municipalities across the state to fight for local control of solar and wind energy projects. By a unanimous vote, the board voted to call for the State Association of Towns to “aggressively support the constitutional rights” of local governments to determine how land will be utilized and …

Barker The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 8708 Main St. Hartland The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, Gasport. Lewiston The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road. Also this week: • The Town Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. …

A look at what’s happening in our communities in December, 2016. Akron/Newstead The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Village Hall, 21 Main St. • The Town Board holds its regular meetings at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road. • The School Board holds its business meetings at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the high school, 47 …

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown’s Christmas in the Village will unfold from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 with free horse and carriage rides, music, gift ideas, cookie decorating and crafts and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. “This is a really nice event and it brings families together to share the joy of Christmas,” said Youngstown Village Trustee Tim Adamso…

A group home for people with disabilities can open in the Town of Eden despite objections from the Town Board, an appeals court has ruled. The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court on Nov. 18 affirmed a lower court decision allowing the group home for six individuals to be built at 8621 Jennings Road. The panel of Appellate Division judges concluded that ther…

Dec. 8, 1943 – Nov. 12, 2016 Richard E. Klyczek Sr., of Williamsville, a master electrician, died Saturday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. He served in the Navy from 1961 to 1964 as an aircraft mechanic and saw duty in Cambodia. Returning from s…

By Thad Komorowski Niagara Correspondent TOWN OF NIAGARA – Town residents will see their property taxes increase slightly under the 2017 budget the Town Board approved last week. Supervisor Lee Wallace said the town's tax levy - the total amount to be raised from taxes - will be $1,972,696, an increase of $31,880 over 2016. Residents' tax bills will increase …

Feb. 3, 1932 – Oct. 31, 2016 Stephen R. Pikul, of Hamburg, retired director of police training at Erie Community College and a noted marksman, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. Born in Sloan, he was a graduate of Emerson Vocational High School. Recognized for his marksmanship during his training in the Army…

Akron/Newstead The School Board holds its business meetings at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the high school, 47 Bloomingdale Ave. • The Town Board holds its regular meetings at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, and work sessions at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. • The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 21 in Village Hall, 21 Main St.…

A handful of candidates running for Congress, district attorney, State Senate and Assembly will participate in a "coffee with the candidates" forum Oct. 28 in Amherst. The free 9 a.m. event at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, is sponsored by the Amherst Senior Center and the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara. Candidates expected to p…