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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. It is what some call a first of its kind hearing during which the state's top educator will hear arguments from both sides in a court-style proceeding. State Education Commiss…

A hearing to determine if Carl P. Paladino will be removed from the Buffalo School Board is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today in Albany. Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who will be one of only 15 to 20 spectators in the unprecedented hearing before state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, will be covering the event live beginning around 8 a.m. You c…

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's landscape work between the Marcy Casino and Rose Garden has relocated parking for people with disabilities and limited vehicle access to the park. “We are proud of this beautiful restoration, and as your Olmsted parks are on the National Register of Historic Places, we ask that the public be patient and respectful of our hard wo…

WASHINGTON – A lawyer, a teacher who just moved to the state, a guy who sells running shoes and a Klingon dressed up as Mark Twain walked into a Southern Tier congressional race, and … it's no joke. The lawyer, Eddie Sundquist, 28, of Jamestown, Wednesday became the fourth candidate to announce that he's seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Reed, …

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, born on this date in 1936, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” . . . TEMPUS FUGIT – Friday is the deadline for reservations for the Northtown Christian Women’s Connection Dessert Buffet Social, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Christ United Methodist …

ALBANY – The State Legislature missed its deadline for adjournment Wednesday night, failing to agree on extending mayoral control of public schools in New York City and a host of related issues. Last-minute efforts to reach some agreement ended just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, failing to bring together Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate leaders John J. Flanagan Jr. and Jeffre…

Dan Hocoy grew up watching Commander Tom. He remembers walking Main Street in downtown Buffalo before Metro Rail went in, and was a regular passenger on car rides across the Peace Bridge. Hocoy built a 20-year career in higher education on the West Coast. But his roots are spread through the region that includes Buffalo, Rochester and Toronto. And now Hocoy is return…

After more than three hours of testimony, Chason Affinity Co.'s request for six zoning variances for an Elmwood Avenue condominium project was tabled by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, further holding up the $30 million project that has already lingered in uncertainty for months. The panel had started discussion on the matter in order to make a ruling, when membe…

The state and federal probe involving the Grassroots political club took a step further Wednesday, when the president of the East Side organization was subpoenaed. Grassroots President Willie N. Morris acknowledged receiving the subpoena, but declined to answer any further questions. "I'd rather not discuss," he said. "I'm not sure where it's going or what it's about…

Major health care groups in Buffalo are warning that the health plan emerging in Congress will lead to millions of people losing health insurance and many others being hurt by major cutbacks in Medicaid. They also see the potential for unintended and unwanted consequences, voicing concern that the changes will raise costs for doctor-training and worsen crowding in emerg…

WASHINGTON – Summer camps and other organizations that work with kids should have access to the FBI's database of sex offenders when hiring staff, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday. Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters on a conference call that he is pushing bipartisan legislation that would allow such groups to use the FBI database when doing backgr…

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…

Sherri "Sam" Mason knows accomplishment. So it would be unwise to bet against the 40-something SUNY Fredonia professor when she aims in August to conquer the same waters where she made her breakthrough micro-plastics discovery in the Great Lakes earlier this decade. As if all of her research hasn't raised enough attention, Mason said she aims to complete a 12.5 mile …