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The Buffalo School Board is now in the spotlight, with today's start of an unprecedented hearing to have Carl P. Paladino removed from his seat garnering interest across the state and nation. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/22/live-coverage-hearing-move-kick-carl-paladino-off-buffalo-school-board/ It is what some call a first of its kind hearing during which the …

The State University of New York trustees appointed Dan Hocoy as 11th president of Erie Community College during a trustees meeting in Albany Wednesday afternoon. Dennis P. Murphy, chairman of the ECC board of trustees, introduced Hocoy as "the right person, ladies and gentleman, at the right time" to succeed Jack F. Quinn Jr. Hocoy, 49, currently is associate vice c…

President Trump hasn't been able to lock down a travel ban, or repeal Obamacare, but he has succeeded in one area: changing school food. And local school cafeteria directors think Trump's moves to loosen Obama-era nutrition standards will encourage students to reject less of their lunches. "It doesn't put such a chokehold on the items that we can serve," said Sandy C…

The Park School of Buffalo plans to start construction on its new science center in August now that the project has received final approval from the Amherst Planning Board. The private institution in 2015 unveiled plans for the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center, named in honor of the late math teachers Jacky Knopp and Raoul Hailpern. The Park School filed detailed plans…

The Buffalo School Board will vote Tuesday on whether to retain an outside attorney to represent its members in a lawsuit filed against them last week by their colleague, Park District Member Carl P. Paladino. The resolution up for consideration calls for retaining the same attorney, Frank W. Miller, who is representing the board in its effort to get state Education Co…

The Buffalo Police Department confirmed in a tweet Monday that it had recovered a gun in connection with a shooting near Frank A. Sedita Academy on the city's West Side earlier in the day. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/876959770527268864 Sedita School #30 was briefly placed on lockdown just after 3 p.m. Monday, following reports of gunshots fired in the vicin…

The decision to travel to Buffalo was really made six years ago, when Jorge Suarez Ronda held his newborn son for the first time. The doctors in Cuba had already told Jorge and his wife Vanaisy there could be no guarantees. They could not promise that little Diego would survive. The infant weighed only 3 pounds at birth. He was born with severe developmental disabilitie…

The effort to remove Carl P. Paladino underscores the long-standing tensions that have dogged the factious Buffalo School Board, tensions that escalated after Paladino was first elected in 2013. Since then, there have been several other attempts among board members to remove one another. Those include: • Just months after joining the board, Paladino filed two diffe…

It’s been six months since Carl P. Paladino published his now notorious comments about the Obamas, and ever since then calls for his removal from the Buffalo School Board have remained persistent. This week, the issue comes before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who will ultimately decide whether Paladino can keep his elected position. In what…

The usual cast of players who take center stage each month at Buffalo School Board meetings will be summoned to Albany to testify at the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino, including all nine board members. Two Paladino allies on the board – At-Large Board Members Larry Quinn and Patricia Pierce – were the only two who didn’t vote for his removal. They are expecte…

The significance of developing black economic clout will be the topic of the panel discussion "Conversations in Black Political Economy” at 2 p.m. Monday in Room HB 209 of the Classroom Building at SUNY Buffalo State. Panelists for the session, which is free and open to the public, will be: Curtis Haynes, Buffalo State associate professor of finance; former Common Co…

St. Amelia School, a Catholic elementary school in the Town of Tonawanda, has been named state champion in the Great American Can Roundup's School Recycling Challenge, winning a prize of $1,000. The 635 St. Amelia students in pre-k through grade 8 collected and recycled 37,763 cans, a total of 1,092 pounds of cans – from November 15 to April 22 to win the recycling ch…

The young boy who was sexually molested by an older student while on a Buffalo school bus in 2015 was sitting immediately behind the bus driver when it happened, according to a lawsuit filed by the boy's mother. The molestation happened not once, but at least five times on the bus over the course of eight days, according to the lawsuit. And on one of those occasions…

Carl Paladino is going on the offensive – a week before a state hearing seeking his removal from the Buffalo Board of Education. Paladino's attorney on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the six members of the School Board who sought his removal. The lawsuit claims the six are retaliating against Paladino for his comments last December about former …