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The legal team representing Carl P. Paladino in the hearing to have him removed from the Buffalo School Board has started calling its own witnesses to testify. After attorneys spent roughly three hours questioning Superintendent Kriner Cash, former state attorney general Dennis Vacco called Patti Pierce as his first witness. Pierce is one of three witnesses Vacco pla…

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday told the state’s members of Congress that he would propose a “Faso-Collins” tax on counties to make up for the loss of county funding for Medicaid under an amendment proposed by Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence. Noting that “the Faso-Collins shell game” cuts $2.3 billion in annual fu…

Join a discussion on police policies and practices hosted by the WNY Peace Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Side Community Center, 161 Vermont St. The discussion will be broken into three parts, "Inform, Reform and Transform," and will focus on the moral and ethical grounds of local policing. Police officials and two of the candidates for Buffalo may…

Court documents that have been kept secret in the legal fight between between law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes will soon be unsealed, State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes stated Monday afternoon. Ruling on a request made by The Buffalo News, the New York Daily News and the New York Post, Chimes said she now agrees that the complaint filed la…

Lancaster police Monday made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run accident from Wednesday. Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Danville, Quebec has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Police allege that at about 11:50 p.m. on June 21, Lavertu was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer tha…

A Niagara Falls man who videotaped a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl on his cellphone was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison, followed by seven years of post-release supervision. Teron D. Moore, 31, of Ninth Street, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal sexual act…

Joseph Ciffa wasn't satisfied using abusive tactics just once in collecting a bad debt, investigators say. In what came to be known as "re-dos," the Niagara Falls and Kenmore debt collector would use the same fraudulent practices to collect on the same debt a second time, they claim. Ciffa and five others are charged in a new federal complaint that is certain to cast…

Another former First Niagara Bank branch is off the market. Financial Trust Federal Credit Union paid $525,000 for an ex-First Niagara branch at 6520 Webster Road in Orchard Park, near the intersection with North Buffalo Road, according to county records. It was among 22 First Niagara and KeyBank branches in Western New York that closed late last year, after Key fi…

Several months after a dispute over payments led to a suspension of activity, workers have resumed cleanup of the former AM&A's Department Store in downtown Buffalo, in preparation for converting the complex into a Wyndham hotel by early next year. The New York City-based owners of the mammoth building brought in a local construction veteran to take over the redevel…

Police charged a Niagara Falls man with driving while intoxicated after a rollover crash Sunday night on Porter Road near Hyde Park Boulevard, according to a city police report. Witnesses told police two men ran from the scene after a gold Cadillac Escalade flipped at about 8:10 p.m., the report said. Police spotted two men matching their description a few blocks to …

The rain was a challenge, but hardly a reason to call off the big farewell. Yes, the teachers at Waterfront Elementary School in Buffalo might have to give up on blowing bubbles, which has become a regular part of this rite of June. But even a steady drizzle couldn't stop them from offering "The Waterfront Wave." Friday was the last day of classes for public schools …

William J. Mariani, president of Erie Community College from 1997 to 2006, died unexpectedly on Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute, D'Youville College announced on its website. He was 67. Mariani was executive vice president at D'Youville. He served as interim president of the college during a presidential search that resulted in the appointment last December of Lorrie …

A Clarence woman was arrested Saturday night after Erie County Sheriff's deputies broke up an underage drinking party. Deputies found about 20 juveniles, open beer cans and alcohol bottles in the basement of a home on Coyote Court shortly after 9:30 p.m. Some of the juveniles' parents outside the home told deputies they had been unable to contact the homeowner throughou…