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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

The Frontier House, one of the oldest buildings in the region and for generations a focal point of the Village of Lewiston, is being sold. The Center Street landmark is being sold for $800,000, confirmed Stacey C. Sheehan, a consultant to Hastings Hospitality, the current owners. She would not identify the buyer. The onetime hotel, built in 1824 and listed on the N…

Business

The winning bid was $130,000 at Wednesday's auction for the closed Schimschack's Restaurant in Pekin, but it may be rejected. Auction terms gave restaurant owner James J. Marinello the right to reject the bid. He said the bid doesn't come close to covering his debts. Unless an agreement can be worked out with Marinello's creditors, the bid will be turned down, said Mari…

Business

Even if Niacet Corp. receives all the incentives it seeks, the company can't guarantee its planned $40 million expansion would be built in Niagara Falls. But without a tax break, low-cost power and a cash grant from New York State, it's "highly unlikely" the project will happen in the city, said Salvatore J. D'Angelo, Niacet's manager of quality assurance and regulatory…

Local News

Kidde, a major manufacturer of fire extinguishers, has recalled some extinguishers with plastic handles or plastic push buttons, which were distributed to local residents by the Niagara County Healthy Neighborhoods Program for the past several years. "The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fir…

Crime

Christopher M. Freeney of Niagara Falls was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in state prison for possession of cocaine with the intention of selling it. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said the sentence will be served simultaneously with a two-year state sentence Freeney began in September for a drug possession felony in Chautauqua County. Freeney, 47…

Local News

Niagara Falls Republicans entered Tuesday's election with hopes of success in the City Council race -- but Democrats won two of the three seats being contested. Combined with incumbents who didn't have to run this year, the Democrats will hold a 3-2 edge on the Council in 2018. Complete but unofficial election results showed William D. Kennedy II, a first-time Democr…

Local News

The 2018 Niagara County Legislature will look exactly the same as the 2017 version as all incumbents won Tuesday. Only six of the 15 lawmakers had opponents, and the Republicans will continue to hold an 11-4 edge, with all four Democrats from Niagara Falls. The closest race was in North Tonawanda's 9th District, where Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt held off Democrat …

Local News

Pendleton Town Supervisor Joel M. Maerten squelched a political comeback attempt Tuesday by the man whom he ousted two years ago. Maerten, a Republican, was re-elected by beating Democrat James A. Riester, 1,104 to 774, in complete but unofficial Board of Elections returns. The GOP also held two Town Board seats in Pendleton, with David I. Fischer and Justin M. Graha…

Local News

Democratic Alderwoman Anita Mullane, the prime focus of the City of Lockport's Republicans, was ousted from her 2nd Ward Common Council seat Tuesday by a fellow Democrat. Amanda E. Farrell, who received the Republican nomination, downed Mullane, 583-451, in complete but unofficial Board of Elections returns. Lockport Democrats missed their chance at payback, as 5th W…

Local News

One Democratic incumbent was re-elected and one was defeated in the race for three Niagara Falls City Council seats Tuesday. Councilman Andrew P. Touma won a second term, but another incumbent, Kristen M. Grandinetti, was last in the six-person field, according to complete but unofficial Board of Election returns. The leading vote-getter was Democratic newcomer Willi…

Local News

Arthur G. Pappas, a Republican, has been re-elected mayor of North Tonawanda, winning his first four-year term. Pappas defeated Democrat James McGinnis by about 800 votes in complete but unofficial returns posted by the Niagara County Board of Elections. Pappas was appointed mayor to replace State Sen. Robert G. Ortt in December 2014 and won an election for a two-yea…

Business

Niacet Corp. is planning to build a $40 million expansion to its food additive business, and it's seeking tax breaks in exchange for building that new production facility in Niagara Falls. The company also is considering sites in Alabama and Louisiana, according to its application to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. But a 15-year property tax break i…

Niagara County

High school students in Niagara Falls would receive more information about sex and contraception under a plan being considered by the Board of Education. But it remains an open question whether contraceptives would be distributed to them. Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie said having school nurses distribute condoms, the practice at Buffalo Public Schools, would be goi…

Crime

Donald J. Frey of the City of Lockport pleaded guilty to two burglaries in State Supreme Court Monday, and he could be sentenced to as long as 14 years in prison when he returns before Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Dec. 11. Frey, 42, of LeVan Avenue, admitted to a pair of Lockport crimes: breaking into a West Avenue gas station to steal change March 29, and to stealing t…

Local News

Arnold Young had been dead for 26 years from prostate cancer when his family learned his work might have killed him. He had worked for three Niagara Falls companies that handled radioactive metals under government contracts during and after World War II. A government program pays compensation to the survivors of former nuclear workers who died of cancer. If Young had…