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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson is a staff reporter who writes about development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence. He is a native and resident of the Town of Tonawanda and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


One day after some Erie County legislators blasted the raises given to top Erie Community College officials, members of the ECC board Wednesday fired back with a salvo of their own.ECC trustees sharply defended President William J. Mariani and other managers, saying they have worked hard to boost enrollment and finances and deserve their pay.The trustees slammed legislator…

Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra has appointed Hormoz Mansouri, an Amherst businessman and active political contributor, to the Erie Community College board of trustees.Mansouri's selection comes 18 months after Giambra pledged to take "politics with a capital 'P' " out of the ECC trustee appointment process.Mansouri replaces lawyer Thomas H. Burton, a trustee since 1…

The University at Buffalo needs to hire 250 new faculty and bring in 5,000 more students if it wishes to successfully compete with other public universities, UB officials said Monday.Expansion is necessary, but it won't come cheap, UB President John B. Simpson said in outlining his vision for the university's future at a University Council meeting."We are just a lot smalle…

For the second year in a row, a national faculty association chose not to censure Medaille College for the school's dismissal of two tenured professors in 2002.Instead, members of the American Association of University Professors voted to continue to monitor Medaille and to make sure the college completes an overhaul of some of its administrative procedures.Members took th…

The University at Buffalo and two other State University of New York campuses have created what they say is the world's first bachelor's degree in electrical engineering offered completely online.Officials at UB, Binghamton University and State University at Stony Brook have worked for 18 months with SUNY administrators to plan the new degree.SUNY officials last week annou…

A Buffalo State College researcher has received a substantial federal grant to support his study of suicide patterns in China, where suicide is a serious public health issue.Zhang Jie, a Beijing native and Buffalo State sociology professor, wants to find out why China is the only country where women kill themselves at a higher rate than men.Zhang plans to test his theory t…

Several Erie County legislators Monday questioned raises proposed for top Erie Community College officials as part of the college's 2005-06 budget.The ECC spending plan includes a $19,116 raise for President William J. Mariani -- to $185,498 -- and total increases of $40,094 for 18 other senior administrative positions.However, Legislator Timothy M. Kennedy said he plans t…

St. Bonaventure University officials are celebrating the completion of the school's most successful fund-raising year.The university raised $15.2 million in the fiscal year that ended last Tuesday, a 40.7 percent increase over the $10.8 million raised the previous year.Bona officials credited the success to the support of its alumni and friends and a reflection of a new, m…

A surgeon and medical administrator from the University of Minnesota will serve as the University at Buffalo's vice president for health sciences.Dr. David L. Dunn, chairman of Minnesota's surgery department, will oversee UB's five health sciences schools and its relationships with area hospitals."It became so obvious that people want to succeed here, . . . and I want to b…

Kimberly Barton isn't rushing to finish college.The Lockport native took four years to earn an associate's degree at Niagara County Community College. She spent one semester at Canton State College, and now she's at Medaille College studying veterinary technology.This fall, she's going back to NCCC to get a nursing degree."Yeah, I feel like a professional student," admitte…

Forward Operating Base Danger occupies the grounds of one of Saddam Hussein's opulent presidential compounds in the Iraqi city of Tikrit -- 6,070 miles and a world away from O'Brian Hall, home to the University at Buffalo Law School on its North Campus in Amherst.But for Capt. David J. State, Lt. Col. Robert C. Moscati and Capt. Christopher Wisniewski, the two structures a…

Amateur detectives trying to crack a decades-old missing statue case at Geneseo State College have received scores of leads from alumni, former employees and the public.One alumnus of a rival school e-mailed to say they would find it at Brockport State College, a victim of a long-ago prank.Another anonymous caller promised to return the statue for a ransom, demanding that …

Last month, the University at Buffalo student government honored Lynne Kurdziel-Formato as one of the school's five outstanding teachers.A number of her students and faculty colleagues from the theater and dance department attended the ceremony and cheered her selection, but Kurdziel-Formato wasn't there.The popular musical-theater teacher was hundreds of miles away, inter…

The University at Buffalo has agreed to allow two outside groups to monitor the working conditions at companies that produce apparel bearing the school's name and logo.UB's decision to join the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association follows several years of lobbying by a group of undergraduates, the Students Against Sweatshops."This is definitely a testimo…

The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Tibet's exiled head of state, will come to the University at Buffalo next year during one of his rare visits to the United States.One of the most recognizable and closely watched figures in the world, he will make his first visit to Western New York on Sept. 21 and 22, 2006.The Dalai Lama is expected to deliver an …