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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).


Four members of the county's law enforcement community will be honored next month at the 10th annual Community Service Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation.Awards will be presented to:East Aurora Police Department Detective Lt. Steven Bierut.Retired Technical Sgt. Robert F. Phillips and his partner, Technical Sgt. Martin R. Wolinski, of th…

A local hero and real-life astronaut was on hand Friday for the countdown and launch of the new Destination: Space! exhibit that will run through the start of the year 2000 at the Buffalo Museum of Science.Elma-native and NASA astronaut James A. Pawelczyk, a payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in April 1998, provided a first-hand glimpse into space for man…

Debate began in earnest Monday on a rezoning application and plan to develop a row of condominium buildings within a block of East Aurora's Main Street business district. The Village Board voted to table the measure for further study.At issue is a proposal by East Aurora-based Millennium Marketing, consultants and local developers, to construct five four-unit condominium c…

The Boston Town Board was updated Wednesday as to legal proceedings being commenced against a mobile home park owner after the Boston State Road park again failed to comply with town requests for improved safety and aesthetics.Town Attorney Michael F. Perley will present a court petition seeking the appointment of a special receiver to temporarily oversee and pay for neces…

The Town of Aurora is searching for a landscape architect in its effort to develop more than 200 acres of newly acquired land into a town park and cemetery, Town Board members said Monday.The town, which earlier this month completed the purchase of land off of Hubbard Road from Kenneth Major for $255,000, plans to formulate a request for proposal to solicit bids from prosp…

A veteran town councilman and a local accountant are seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary for the supervisor's position in the Town of Aurora.Councilman Tom Cotton of Castle Hill Road and Robert Kell of Olean Road are hoping to fill the seat that has been occupied by retiring Supervisor William A. Green for the last eight years.Cotton, who has served on t…

A pair of incumbents are being challenged by a pair of newcomers in a hotly contested race for the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary election for the Boston Town Board.Damian Wiktor and Dennis Mead are seeking the nomination Tuesday for re-election to the board in this November's general election. They are opposed by residents Ralph Gibson and Patrick Kennedy.Wikt…

A pair of incumbents are being challenged by a pair of newcomers in a hotly contested race for the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary election for the Boston Town Board.Damian Wiktor and Dennis Mead are seeking the nomination Tuesday for re-election to the board in this November's general election. They are opposed by residents Ralph Gibson and Patrick Kennedy.Wikt…

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…