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Nancy A. Fischer

A lifelong resident of Western New York and reporter for the Buffalo News for over 20 years covering Erie County Northtowns


Politics

Republican Michael R. Young is clinging to an 8-vote lead over Democratic Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch in the race for the Third Ward City of Tonawanda Common Council. Young has 521 votes, Rautenstrauch 513, according to the Erie County Board of Elections. And with at least 33 outstanding absentee ballots, the outcome is too close to call. The winner won't be …

Town of Tonawanda

Cardinal O'Hara High School's "Dress in Blue" raised $1,000 to honor Buffalo Police Department K-9 Officer Craig Lehner. The fundraiser was the largest this private school of 280 students has ever had, said Jill Monaco, assistant principal. Lehner's K-9 partner, Shield, and ATF special agent Gerry O'Sullivan (a 1982 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara) went to the school to …

Local News

Grand Island is considering owning rather than leasing its 211 municipal street lights from National Grid, and switching them to solar power. Town Councilman Raymond Billica said it could be a money saver for the town. "We are paying National Grid $90,000 a year in leasing payments," Billica. "If we use their poles we pay for their poles." He said it would cost th…

Erie County

Mayor Rick Davis won re-election to a second term, by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, defeating Republican Timothy Toth in a campaign that became increasingly heated in its final days. Toth distributed flyers with disparaging claims about Davis and his ex-wife, which caused Davis to go on social media to write that Toth had "grossly distorted the facts"and he called …

Town of Tonawanda

The 2017-18 school year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Kenmore Union School, the first school of what eventually became the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, the area's second largest suburban school district with over 7,000 students. School board member Thomas Reigstad sparked the idea, which has been posted on the school website, www.ktuf…

Local News

The Town of Grand Island board weighed the pros and cons of, creating a special post for a full-time retired officer to serve the Grand Island school district, or dedicating two part time officers from its current police force. Both the town and school board have agreed that a school resource officer, which was funded by the state police until 2013, needs to be brought …

Education

The welding program has been expanded at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center. The site at 151 Two Mile Creek Road added seven new welding booths to the existing 15, updated another booth, renovated class space and upgraded ventilation and electrical systems. A $25,000 grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council supplied 20 percen…

Niagara County

Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps…

Crime

A woman in the 700 block of LaSalle Avenue told Buffalo police on Saturday morning that sometime between midnight and 8:19 a.m., someone damaged the mirror on her vehicle and took cash and jewelry from her purse in the vehicle. The woman said $500 cash, six rings, and a necklace valued at $2,900 were stolen, reported police. She told police she may know who may have …

Crime

A Buffalo police officer conducting a pat down as part of an arrest was pricked in the palm of his right hand by a hypodermic needle on Friday. The officer, Patrol Lt. Jonathan Pietrzak, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation. Police pulled over a vehicle with no inspection sticker at 5:57 p.m. Friday at LaSalle and Bailey avenues and proceeded to an arr…

Crime

A man and woman told Buffalo police that a heated argument turned violent just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the West Side. Jose R. Flores, 26, of Ferguson Street and Romaine A. Jirdon, 19, of West Ferry Street were charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. Jirdon also was  charged with second-degree menacing and Flores with seventh-degree criminal …

Crime

A food delivery driver working for Skip the Dishes was shot in the face with a BB gun in an attempted robbery at 3:17 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Berwyn Avenue. The driver said he was called to the address and as he attempted to deliver the food he was approached by three man who tried to get in his car. One tried to enter the driver's side and another tried to op…

Politics

Social media has helped heat up a City of Tonawanda mayor's race, one that both candidates admit has turned nasty. Rick Davis, mayor for the past four years and Fourth Ward Common Councilman from 2006-2009, is running on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Green and Women's Equality lines. Fourth Ward Common Councilman Timothy Toth will be on the Republican, Re…

A second 100-kilowatt wind turbine has been installed at Triad Recycling in the Town of Tonawanda. The wind turbine was installed by Buffalo Renewables, a wind generation and solar installation company based in Niagara Falls. Triade Recycling, which specializes in the recycling of construction and demolition debris and waste management, will host a public open house …

Environment

The federal government will remove less Manhattan Project radioactive wastes from a closed Town of Tonawanda landfill than state and local officials wanted. But local officials said this week they're relieved the Army Corps of Engineers plans to do at least something. The Corps says that its  remediation – which includes removing a 5-foot layer of soil — is a co…