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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.


Local News

Last year, Niagara County paid former Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello $335,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed her boss harassed her and other female prosecutors with unwelcome remarks about their "weight, hair style and breast size." Michael J. Violante resigned in March 2016 as district attorney, as The Buffalo News learned that other membe…

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Compensating customers because of broken water mains over the past several weeks would be illegal, a Niagara Falls Water Board attorney says. "The Water Board does not guarantee to the user any fixed or constant pressure, nor a continuous supply," attorney Sean W. Costello wrote to board member Nicholas J. Forster, who inquired about compensation. Costello compensati…

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The unrepaired water main break at Niagara Falls Boulevard and 47th Street still affects the restrooms in the Angelo A. DelSignore Civic Building in Niagara Falls. So the state Office of Court Administration will move Niagara County Family Court proceedings to Niagara Falls City Court, 1925 Main St., beginning Tuesday. Toilets are working only in the basement of the thr…

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Two adjoining houses on Sixth Street in Niagara Falls were demolished last week as part of the city's ongoing battle against zombie houses. Under the state's anti-zombie law, the estimated $75,000 cost will be applied to the stalled foreclosures on the properties, whose mortgages are held by Ocwen Financial, according to Seth Piccirillo, Niagara Falls community developm…

Niagara County

The Niagara Falls City Council will debate Wednesday whether to cut its own pay – and that of Mayor Paul A. Dyster – by 10 percent. Interviews with Council members indicated that the mayoral pay cut may pass, although perhaps not by a large enough vote to override a veto by Dyster. However, the Council pay cut seemed to be headed for defeat. Dyster did not respond to…

Education

On a day when the high temperature reached 2 degrees, the fifth-graders in a Douglas J. Regan Intermediate School gym class went outside to go snowshoeing on Feb. 12, 2015. One of the students came back with a mild case of frostbite. "You send your kid to school thinking they're going to be safe and supervised, and I get a call saying I have to get him and take him t…

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara will open adult literacy drop-in centers in Lockport and Niagara Falls, and the organization is seeking volunteer instructors able to begin training Feb. 7. The centers will be located in Grace Episcopal Church in Lockport and in the main branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library. Tutors will be asked to work two hours a week. Training…

Crime

Four Niagara Falls men pleaded not guilty to felonies in Niagara County Court Friday after police said they were caught in an undercover drug purchase by Niagara Falls and State Police. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the defendants were rounded up this week after being indicted on charges of selling crack cocaine at least twice each duri…

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The Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's annual black-tie gala fundraiser, is sold out, and about 900 people are expected to attend Saturday night's event, the hospital announced Friday. The 14th annual party starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. The master of ceremonies will be Maryalice Demler of WGRZ. …

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The City of Niagara Falls is taking the impending change in the weather very seriously. The Mayor's Office announced just before noon that City Hall and all other city buildings will close at 2 p.m., and a travel advisory will take effect at that time. No unnecessary travel will be allowed in Niagara Falls after 2 p.m., to help keep streets clear for plowing and salt…

Crime

A Hartland man who had child pornography on his home computer pleaded guilty Thursday and said he was "almost grateful" he was caught. "It changed my life," said Michael A. Anstey, 53, of Ridge Road. He said through psychiatric counseling and prayer, he now thinks child porn is "vile." "I want to go forward and live a normal life," said Anstey. His attorney, Nathan P…

Business

The board of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency approved a five-year contract renewal for Executive Director Samuel M. Ferraro Wednesday. Ferraro doubles as Niagara County's economic development commissioner, and the county government and the IDA share the cost of his salary and benefits 50-50. Ferraro's base salary this year is $121,563, a raise of alm…

Business

Moley Magnetics, which has received two previous tax breaks from the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency, received another one Thursday - this time to buy and expand another company. Moley is buying EZ-Entry Door for $730,000, according to the IDA application. It will operate the industrial, commercial and elevator door manufacturer as a separate business und…

Business

National Vacuum Environmental Services Corp. applied to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday for a 15-year incentive package for a planned new $2.66 million facility on 56th Street in Niagara Falls. The company, whose primary business is industrial and environmental cleanups, is located in a 47th Street building it plans to sell to the nearby Ca…

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If Stephanie W. Cowart, the former executive director of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, is smiling much lately, she'll do so at the taxpayers' expense. Cowart, who pleaded guilty last month to stealing money from the agency, was awarded 18 months of authority-paid dental insurance Tuesday, after the authority board voted 5-2 to grant her request. Board members …