T.J. Pignataro - The Buffalo News

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T.J. Pignataro - Buffalo, NY

Environment Reporter for The Buffalo News since 2013. News Staff Reporter since 1998. Previous beat assignments included suburban coverage in WNY and the News' bureau at Buffalo Police HQ. Former staff reporter at the Altoona Mirror (1997-98) and Dunkirk Observer (1995-97), and assistant news director at WBTA-1490, Batavia (1994-95).


No matter what this fall's outcome in the heated race between incumbent County Executive Gorski and Republican challenger Joel A. Giambra might be, Boston Town Assessor William A. Eagan has assured himself that he will be employed.That fact hasn't sat well with Town Supervisor Lisa M. Rood, and the two squared off over that issue and Eagan's job performance for the town We…

Buffalo police arrested a 16-year-old youth Saturday in connection with the slaying of a Town of Niagara man early Friday.Terrance Anderson of LaSalle Avenue was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the 9:15 a.m. shooting death of Louis Sansivero, 49, at a Kenmore Avenue apartment complex."We got a tip on where he was, and officers from …

A Montreal woman was critically injured Saturday morning in a seven-vehicle, alcohol-related, chain reaction crash in Genesee County that caused the vehicle she was riding in to burst into flames.Marie Eve Archambault, 22, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Etienne Tourigney, also of Montreal, when it was struck from behind by a truck operated by William Krickfalusi, 3…

The much-publicized controversy over the Village of Hamburg's requirement for clear plastic garbage bags has moved right into the trash itself.John C. Dobrzenski, who let his garbage mount in dark-colored bags at the end of his East Union Street driveway for more than two months before complying with a court order last week to remove the heap, claims the village has stoope…

A man gunned down Friday morning while at a Buffalo apartment complex has been identified as Louis Sansivero, 49, of the Town of Niagara.Police said he was shot several times, including once in the head, at about 9:15 a.m. at 1798 Kenmore Ave., Apartment C. Sansivero was visiting a friend when the shooting occurred, said Detective James Giardina of Buffalo's Homicide Burea…

Two Buffalo teen-agers pleaded guilty this week to charges stemming from the April shooting of a Canisius College student on Fairfield Avenue, the Erie County district attorney's office announced Wednesday.Anthony Watkins, 15, of Amherst Street pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree attempted murder, and a co-defendant, Derek Montgomery, 17, of Montclair Avenue, pleade…

Benjamin Randle, principal of Grover Cleveland High School for 10 years, will remain in that post, Buffalo School Superintendent James Harris said early today.Harris' decision not to transfer Randle came after heated debate during the public portion of Wednesday's Board of Education meeting that was followed by an executive session of the board that ran into early today.Ea…

The City of Good Neighbors will leave out the welcome mat for the 190-member crew of the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Clark through Friday.The message that the ship will stay in Buffalo for a couple of extra days was relayed Tuesday afternoon after officials learned that water levels in the Lake Ontario harbor around Oswego were too low for the ship to navigate suc…

A man suspected of trafficking heroin between Buffalo and Altoona, Pa. was arrested by Erie County sheriff's narcotic detectives Monday morning at his father's Lower West Side home.Efrain Hidalgo Jr., 26, faces nine felony federal charges stemming from a three-month investigation into heroin trafficking by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.Hidalgo, who was taken i…

James J. Horbett said a train's whistle may be the reason he lived to tell about a Monday afternoon collision on the tracks that demolished his car.Horbett, 73, of West Seneca, was traveling west shortly after 4 p.m. on Indian Church Road on his way home from a nearby friend's house when the collision occurred. According to Horbett, bright sunlight caused him to lose sight…

Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Buffalo Police Officer Doris Ann Lewis, 43, and her mother, Ora Lee Lewis, 63, who died Monday (Aug. 16, 1999) of injuries in a van crash on the Thruway in the Town of Portland, Chautauqua County.Born in Nitta Yuma, Miss., the former Ora Lee Pendleton married the late Hezekiah Lewis Sr. on Sept. 21, 1952, and they moved to Buffalo …

Mother Nature Friday reintroduced the region to something called rain -- a lot of it.Thunderclouds moved slowly across the drought-stricken area, resulting in dangerous deluges in some places, knocking out power and threatening lives and property.The intensity of the storm was felt particularly in Bradford, Pa., where a series of thunderstorms washed out roads and collapse…

Ret. Col. Henry Holmes "Doc" Harper, 96, a 44-year Buffalo resident known for his civic and charitable activities, died Sunday (Aug. 15, 1999) in St. Petersburg, Fla., of natural causes.Born in Plain City, Ohio, on Oct. 3, 1902, Harper graduated from Ohio State University in 1927.An investment broker, he was a retired general partner in the investment banking firm of Shiel…

It was billed as a 10-minute sprint to see which rooster at the Erie County Fair could cock-a-doodle-doo the most.By the end of the contest, more than half of the birds cock-a-doodle-didn't."My rooster only crows when no one is watching," said Kerri Clarkson, 14, of Colden.That would explain it. A crowd of fairgoers packed the show tent Wednesday for the second-annual Erie…

Alcohol is believed to be responsible for a one-vehicle crash that killed a Hornell teen and injured five others early Saturday in Wyoming County, sheriff's deputies said.The driver, Francis A. Hornbeck, 19, died as the result of serious chest trauma a short time after a 3:45 a.m. crash that occurred at the junction of Routes 19 and 19A in the Town of Gainesville.According…