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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.


City politicians from Mayor Kenneth D. Swan down blasted the notion of Industrial Development Agency funding for a senior citizen housing project at a hearing Monday, but none of them noted that the project would be tax-exempt regardless of whether the IDA is involved.Lined up in favor of the project were several labor union leaders and workers eager for the construction j…

For the second time in as many months, the lack of complete financial data has caused a delay in refinancing Lockport Memorial Hospital's main mortgage.State Dormitory Authority spokeswoman Claudia S. Hutton said that when the Dormitory Authority board meets Oct. 27 in Buffalo General Hospital, Lockport Memorial will again not be on the agenda.The refinancing, estimated to…

Testimony about how the accused discussed the murder of John Montstream was short-circuited Monday when it ran afoul of a seal placed on the suspect's statements when he was arraigned.Michael Northrup, 28, of Caledonia is accused of shooting Montstream to death June 23, 1998, and leaving his body in a minivan in a downtown Niagara Falls parking ramp, where it was found a w…

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are three branches of one religion, which could be called "the Abrahamic faith," a Muslim speaker suggested at a "trialog" on tolerance Sunday at Niagara University.The term derives from that the fact that all three religions trace their origins to the biblical patriarch Abraham.Abdelwahab Hechiche, a government and international affairs pr…

The largest union of Niagara County employees will vote Friday on a new contract, which includes drug testing of employees whose behavior appears suspicious to supervisors.The roughly 955 members of Local 832 of the Civil Service Employees Association will consider a four-year contract, retroactive to Jan. 1.Details will be presented in a union meeting called for tonight i…

The largest union of Niagara County employees will vote Friday on its new contract, which includes drug testing of employees whose behavior appears suspicious to supervisors.The roughly 955 members of Local 832 of the Civil Service Employees Association will consider a four-year contract, retroactive to Jan. 1. Full details will be presented in a union meeting called for t…

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County and its second-largest employees union have declared their contract talks have reached an impasse.The breakdown in the talks between the county and Local 182 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees came over two issues: personal days for part-time employees and the right of part-timers to bid on full-time job openin…

An Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce report blasting the city's Building Inspection Department had City Hall in an uproar last week.Chief Building Inspector James P. McCann and his assistant, Harry J. Apolito, said the report was unfair because both its sources and some of its authors were anonymous. They also said they were not interviewed.Rhodes C. Palmer Jr., a stoc…

The Niagara County Legislature will vote Tuesday on a new contract that commits the county to having real-time election results on the Internet in 2001.The provision is included in a three-year contract for NTS Data Services of Niagara Falls to continue providing computer services to the Board of Elections.The contract calls for the county to pay NTS $167,688 in 2000, the…

Talks on settling the Bond Lake lawsuit took a new turn Friday after the Niagara County Sportsmen's Association termed incomplete a deal approved Thursday by a County Legislature committee.County Attorney Edward P. Perlman and Sportsmen's Association Director Jerry Hamam negotiated by telephone Friday over some concerns of the sportsmen that were not treated in the package…

The Niagara County Legislature's Parks Committee approved a settlement proposal Thursday for the 2 1/2 -year-old Bond Lake lawsuit that will cost the county and two other defendants $5,000 each.But the Niagara County Sportsmen's Association, which brought the suit, will not receive any of the money, Assistant County Attorney R. Joseph Foltz said. The sportsmen have not y…

Fire Chief Paul S. Shanks bemoaned the "deplorable" condition of his department's equipment Wednesday during a City Council budget work session.In the same meeting, Police Superintendent Ernest C. Palmer was questioned closely about skyrocketing costs of court time in his department. He blamed them on a new court policy requiring officers to appear in court more often, eve…

A court decision will force the Board of Elections to spend up to $1,000 to reprint paper ballots for 11 North Tonawanda election districts, Republican Election Commissioner Michael J. Norris said Wednesday.State Supreme Court Justice Norman E. Joslin ruled Tuesday that the board erred in disallowing a write-in vote for Legislator John S. Tylec in the 9th District Independ…

The city Urban Renewal Agency Wednesday voted 9-2 in favor of awarding a subsidiary of Niagara Falls Redevelopment a purchase option on the United Office Building, the tallest structure in the city.The contract must be approved by the City Council Monday, but since all the Council members also serve on the Urban Renewal board, approval appears to be a foregone conclusion.N…

In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Niagara County Legislature's Human Resources Committee on Tuesday approved a $6,000 stipend for Youth Bureau Director Paul G. Colangelo to also serve as Legislature clerk for the rest of the year.The panel also gave unanimous approval to the county's new contract with the Deputy Sheriffs Association that the union ratified Friday. The full Leg…