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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.


For decades, West Side residents closest to the Peace Bridge sat on their front porches watching the cars stream by. They sat their kids in the swings on the nearby playground and took care of their aging parents.They watched as more low-income renters moved in, as their homes grew old, and as public officials began the great debate of how to expand the bridge that always …

In cities across the nation, the pay telephone has fallen victim to the explosion of cellular technology.But in Buffalo, not only are there still plenty of places to find a pay phone, but a segment of the industry is enjoying some growth: the illegal segment.The city took down 59 unlicensed pay phones two years ago -- 55 percent more than the year before. Now, after a year…

For more than a decade, residents in the 400 block of Norwood Avenue tried to come to grips with the pink house they say poisons their neighborhood.They reached their limit in September when a visitor to the house was charged with possessing drugs and a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson.The neighbors did more than call the police. They filed a civil suit against Anthony Trifilo, …

The tickets sold out a year ago. City hotels are booked. The fan guides are back from the printers, and volunteers have been trained and prepped.Pucker up, basketball fans. Buffalo has come to court, and it's putting on its best face.As the NCAA East Regional First Round dribbles its way to Marine Midland Arena this weekend, city organizers are gearing up for the onslaught…

Heather Kryszak remembers missing Christmas and New Year's with her family and how she turned 21 overseas. But more than that, she remembers the day she was on a route reconnaissance mission and saw the anguish that greeted Bosnians returning to the ravaged places they once called home."Just the look of devastation on their faces," said Kryszak, a military policewoman and …

As Sarah Degnan stepped into the ambulance and watched over her bruised and beaten son, one question churned in her mind: Why did this happen?Her son was one of three teenagers brutally assaulted on Jan. 9 by another group of teens intent on robbing them. Degnan's son was beaten unconscious and still is recovering from fractures to his head and face.Over the course of the …

Six members of the Tonawanda Senecas have asked to join the Seneca Nation's land-claim lawsuit over Grand Island.Frustrated by what they called a lack of communication between the Tonawanda Seneca negotiating team and members of the tribe, six of the tribe members from various clans have asked a federal judge to hear their motion to intervene in the suit.In legal terms, in…

Todd Widman, the sheriff's deputy slain Wednesday in Kansas, never led an extravagant life. As a 21-year-old college student with a pocketful of part-time jobs, how much of a life can one really afford?Maybe some personal expenses, clothes and upkeep on a nice red-and-white Ford pickup.That was Widman's life.Widman lived with two buddies about his age. The three single men…

Lancaster police officers will finally be getting a raise.After 18 months of negotiation, the Lancaster Town Board voted unanimously to approve a four-year contract with the Lancaster Police Benevolent Association.The contract provides for a 3 percent salary increase each of the four years.Union members have been working without a contract since the start of 1999 as town a…

Someone might hurt me.That's the first thing 74-year-old Celinda Vivar thinks when she walks through the doors of her Lower West Side residential complex at night.Vivar brings her rosary to Holy Cross Catholic Church for evening prayers. Then she comes home after dark and wonders, like many of her fellow residents, if someone might be waiting."It is scary," said the Spanis…

State Department of Transportation officials knew they were facing opposition when Orchard Park Supervisor Toni Cudney suggested that everyone sit in a circle and talk about construction plans for the village's Four Corners intersection at a community meeting Thursday.One of the 30 residents and business owners who attended said he preferred that the DOT representatives co…