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Thomas J. Prohaska

I graduated from Starpoint Central High School in 1979 and St. Bonaventure University in 1983. I worked at WLVL Radio in Lockport from 1985 to 1995, when I joined The News.


The Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency plans to take part in a prospective advertising campaign to try to beat back IDA reform legislation in Albany.The campaign against what is sometimes called the Hoyt IDA reform package, after Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, is being discussed by IDA groups across the state.Town IDA Executive Director David R. Kinyon, who a…

WHEATFIELD -- A graphite products company here is planning a major expansion and seeks a tax break to help the project, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board was told Wednesday.Metaullics Systems, operating since 1993 in the former Carborundum Co. plant on Cory Road, is working on a hush-hush new product for a major U.S. customer, operations manager Kevin …

Two Buffalo men charged with killing Donald J. Paige Jr. in the driveway of his Niagara Falls home were found guilty on all counts Wednesday night.A Niagara County Court jury deliberated for eight hours -- counting a two-hour, 20-minute rereading of the star witness' full testimony -- before convicting Brandon Dennis, 23, of North Division Street, and Paul A. Osborne Jr., …

City Assessor Peter J. Galarneau has resigned to take a job in Cooperstown, leaving it unlikely that Lockport will be able to complete a citywide property revaluation this year, as the mayor and Common Council had directed.Galarneau said Tuesday that he resigned last week to take a post as Otsego County's director of real property services, a job he said he was urged to ap…

A Niagara County Court jury will begin deliberations today on the eighth day of the trial of two Buffalo men charged in the shooting death of a Niagara Falls man in the driveway of his 21st Street home Aug. 23, 2007. Paul A. Osborne Jr., 22, and Brandon Dennis, 23, are charged with assorted counts of murder, robbery, weapons possession and assault in the death of Donald J…

Army Pfc. Albert R. Jex, 23, was named for his grandfather and also a great-uncle, Albert Magrum, who died fighting the Nazis in World War II.The Lockport native wanted to join the military since he was 16 but didn't do so until two years ago."At first it was, 'Oh, no,' but as a parent you back your son's decision," said his mother, Cathleen MacFarlane.Monday, Jex was amo…

Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday that the department has done as much cleanup work as was needed at a former battery factory in the Town of Lockport.The DEC announced that it will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. March 5 in Town Hall to gather comments on its decision to call a halt to work at the Electruk Battery plant in the to…

"We will not claim victim status as the national economy contracts," Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove proclaimed during an economic-development report at last week's meeting of the Legislature.In presenting the annual update on the county's job-creation efforts, the Lockport Republican touted the Industrial Development Agency and various pr…

The Town Board is readying plans to relocate water mains beneath South Transit Road.The project, estimated last year to cost $3.5 million, is part of the Transit North corridor makeover plan.The board voted last week to award an $89,000 contract to Apex Consulting of Lockport to survey the work area and complete an engineering design for the project.Supervisor Marc R. Smit…

Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, said Friday that he opposes an automatic pay raise for Congress next year, and if it happens anyway, he will donate his raise to charity.At a news conference in Lockport City Hall, Lee said he is co-sponsoring a bill written by Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., called the Stop the Congressional Pay Raise Act.The bill has picked up 104 co-sponsors, b…

Niagara County economic-development officials took advantage of Rep. Chris Lee's presence at a Republican Party event here Thursday to lobby him on behalf of projects the county would like to see included in the federal economic-stimulus package, which Lee voted against last week.Legislature Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove of Lockport, who attended the breakfast in Su…

A man who set up shop as a cocaine dealer in a Niagara Falls bar pleaded guilty Thursday to two felonies and agreed to testify if necessary against the other 12 defendants in the case.Dewayne M. Holland, 27, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, faces a maximum of 19 years in state prison when he is sentenced April 23. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza revoked his $25,…

The father and sister of Donald J. Paige Jr. gave a Niagara County Court jury largely matching accounts Wednesday of how Paige was killed Aug. 23, 2007, in the driveway of their home.Brandon Dennis, 23, of North Division Street in Buffalo, and Paul A. Osborne Jr., 22, of Seventh Street in Buffalo, are charged with the shooting death of Paige, 24, outside the family home on…

Former Mayor Raymond C. Betsch has been beating the drum for a merger of the City and Town of Lockport since he first ran for mayor in 1971.Now 85, Betsch renewed his proposal in speeches Wednesday at the meetings of the city's Common Council and at the Town Board.Although they complimented Betsch for his passion, the current leaders of both municipalities had the same tak…

Some may deem it far-fetched, but the Niagara County Legislature is going to consider whether to support a Williamsville man's suggestion that the Buffalo Bills should move into Niagara County.The Legislature's Economic Development Committee will meet next Wednesday to discuss a resolution introduced Tuesday to support Glenn Fitzgerald's concept of changing the name of the…