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Williamsville School Board members gave Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff more sick days and vacation days to sell back to the district Tuesday night, but did not extend his contract beyond 2020.The board also did not increase the $227,052 salary he received for the 2015-16 school year. That was a 2 percent increase over the previous school year.While the board president s…

Two members were honored Tuesday during a study session of the Sweet Home School Board.Board Vice President Michael F. Morrow was presented with the Board Mastery Award from the New York State School Boards Association, while student member Conor Jackson was given a plaque for his service to the board.Morrow, who has served on the board for 16 years, received the award for…

Before any of the faith leaders gathered in front of the Erie County Courthouse spoke out about prison reform, they bowed their heads for a prayer. Signs sat by their sides as they closed their eyes, clasped their hands.Rev. Matt Lincoln, the director of Trinity Episcopal Church, led the invocation.“Help us to find new ways to uphold justice, to find ways not to tolerate…

ALBANY – A new limit on the amount of opiates a physician can prescribe at once is among a handful of changes lawmakers plan to make in an effort to combat the state’s ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis.Under the new legislation, prescribers will be allowed to give patients a seven-day supply of the drug, less than the current 30-day limit. Lawmakers who helped…

When the Amherst Planning Board convenes on Thursday, a proposed resolution on where and how meetings can be photographed and video recorded will be on the agenda.As written, the resolution would restrict those wishing to photograph or record video of the meeting to the front row of the rear section in the Amherst Town Council Chambers. Further, cameras and camera operator…

WHEATFIELD – A state agency has a different view of Wheatfield’s ban on biosolids than a court does.Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe on Tuesday released a letter from Thursday by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, declaring that the law unreasonably restricts farmers in using legal fertilizer.The letter ordered the town to confirm within 30 days that it will n…

LOCKPORT – Dean E. Lapp II, who joined Niagara County government three years ago as director of weights and measures, has been named the county’s new highway chief, County Manager Richard E. Updegrove said Tuesday.Lapp will oversee a $1.6 million program of road repairs in the county this summer, including resurfacing of 15 roads, sealing cracks on 14 roads and repairi…

Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray has laid out the reasons he opposes the creation of a town police chief in a letter to residents.Councilmen Raymond A. Billica, Christopher K. Aronica and Michael H. Madigan back the creation of a part-time police chief in the Grand Island Police Department, while Councilwoman Beverly A. Kinney joins McMurray in opposing the measu…

A Burgard High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave amid allegations that he sent an inappropriate photo to a student, sources familiar with the investigation said.School officials and police were made aware of the accusations Monday and are looking into the matter, a source added.A district spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the teacher has been pla…

The Hamburg Community Playground has entered another national contest to win a $20,000 piece of equipment.And once again, the playground committee is looking for the community to vote online.The playground between Prospect and Highland avenues is one of 10 finalists in the 2016 Let’s Play Video Contest, sponsored by Dr Pepper Snapple and the national non-profit KaBOOM!, …

LOCKPORT – After Niagara County Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino convinced lawmakers that a new policy would be unenforceable, a County Legislature committee on Monday defeated a proposal to require welfare clients to give landlords 30 days’ notice of their intent to move out of rental housing.Restaino said state regulations require only 10 days’ noti…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached agreement on a plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction.Insurance requirements that previously blocked patients from receiving care for addiction without prior approval would be required to provide coverage upfront for inpatient services that diagnose and treat someone with an opioid or heroin addiction.“The fact t…

Albany Molecular Research Inc.’s drug-discovery center in Buffalo has been selected to take part in an expansion of a federal program intended to produce new cancer therapies.AMRI’s facility in the Conventus building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will serve as a Dedicated Chemical Biology Consortium Center for the National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Ther…

The First Niagara Foundation is providing more than $100,000 in grants, aimed at supporting neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing.One of the two grants, for $58,000, will provide access to affordable housing and financial literacy education. The Foundation will partner with Heart of the City, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Preservation Buffalo Niagara and PU…

Political activist Rus Thompson has been indicted for voter fraud by an Erie County grand jury, he revealed on his Facebook page Monday. Thompson, who rejected a plea offer from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office in May, posted the letter he received from acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. on his Facebook page Monday afternoon.Thompson’s wife, Jul…