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Sandra Tan

Cityside reporter primarily covering Erie County government. Previously covered Buffalo Public Schools and other community and issue-oriented beats.


Erie County

A plan by Erie County administrators to address low wages in Child Protective Services has received a chilly reception from county lawmakers. "You put a plan together and didn't reach out to people affected and say, 'Are we on the right road here? Is this going to fly?' " said Legislator Thomas Loughran, D-Amherst. High turnover and difficulty attracting new employee…

Erie County

Erie County has released an initial list of road paving and repair projects, with special focus on roads damaged over the winter, along with a pavement preservation program for outlying areas. For greater cost savings and efficiency, the Department of Public Works said, this year's work will be done by county highway crews rather than contractors. “As the winter weather…

Erie County

Amy Allison worked as a Child Protective Services caseworker for seven years before deciding she couldn't do it any more. She lasted longer than most. When she asked to use vacation time to ease the stress, she was repeatedly denied. There were not enough co-workers to investigate the unending stream of child abuse and neglect cases pouring in. "I left mainly for my …

Local News

The Erie County Legislature on Thursday approved 11 new positions in the Clerk's Office so that Auto Bureau services can be extended to Saturdays in the Northtowns Auto Bureau. The bureau is located in the Sheridan Plaza at Sheridan Drive and Eggert Road. Currently, the only bureau providing Department of Motor Vehicles services on Saturday is the Depew/Cheektowaga loca…

Erie County

Erie County legislators unanimously approved a measure Thursday to prevent county administrators from collecting vacation and personal time payouts if they leave county service after being charged with serious crimes or violating county policies. The measure was prompted by the $19,452 payout to former Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger for what he was owed in…

Erie County

The last paycheck former Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger received from Erie County government totaled $19,452 – a payout for what he was owed in unused vacation and comp time. The check came even though he had resigned his position after being accused of raping a subordinate. Members of the Erie County Legislature minority caucus call the payout wrong. T…

Erie County

Erie County only has one Auto Bureau with Saturday hours, located in Cheektowaga, to accommodate every driver that needs to have a license renewed, a driving permit granted, or license plate registered. But Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns said he intends to hire more full-time employees to reduce wait times and keep the Northtowns Auto Bureau open on Saturdays start…

Buffalo

Sometime overnight, it appears someone fired a low-powered weapon, possibly a BB gun, at Coles Restaurant on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, resulting in minor damage to the front window, according to Buffalo police and restaurant staff. According to the police report, someone appears have to have shot two rounds at the front window of the restaurant between 1 a.m. and 9:30 …

Buffalo

Two East Side men reported being robbed near Delavan and Bailey avenues of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in separate incidents over the weekend. According to Buffalo police reports, one man was robbed by three men at East Delavan and Roebling avenues Saturday. One displayed a .22-caliber handgun and hit the victim over the head, after which he was assaulted by a…

Buffalo

A man attempted an armed robbery of a West Side minimart over the weekend, but apparently took off when the person behind the register didn't hand over the money fast enough. According to Buffalo police, the man walked into the minimart at 260 Rhode Island St., showed a firearm and said, "Give me the money in the register." The person behind the counter opened the ca…

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Saturday night after she was found slumped in her vehicle with two young children in the back seat near Delaware Park. Buffalo Police reported that Doretha Medley, 64, of Elsie Place, was found slumped over the wheel of a car around 8:50 p.m. while parked on Nottingham Terrace by the park. Police re…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man was listed in serious condition after being shot early Sunday morning, according to Buffalo Police. The shooting occurred at around 1:30 a.m. near Kehr and Fougeron streets on the East Side, according to detectives. The 23-year-old gunshot victim, who was not identified by police, was driven to Erie County Medical Center in a private vehicle and is listed …

Local News

A woman remains in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck around 8:40 p.m. Saturday. According to Niagara Falls police, a 62-year-old Niagara Falls man was driving a 2016 Toyota Tacoma westbound in the 8800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard when he struck a 65-year-old woman who was on foot in the north driving lane. The woman suffered a head injury a…

Erie County

The driver who died in a single-vehicle crash in North Collins early Saturday morning has been identified by the Erie County Sheriff's Office as Joseph Carlacci, 20, of Eden. Carlacci was found by two sheriff's deputies around 4:25 a.m. off Jennings Road in North Collins after his car left the roadway and was found stopped against multiple trees, according to the Sherif…

Buffalo

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Western New York Law Center announced a partnership with Columbia Law School to help local municipalities with limited resources track and monitor zombie home foreclosures. Working with Columbia, local government officials can electronically submit information requests on vacant and abandoned properties. University law students wi…