In his first public statements since Carl P. Paladino made racist and inflammatory comments about the Obamas, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash said there must be consequences for his behavior. In a rare move, Cash allowed Paladino to respond to speakers who turned out to condemn the remarks that were published last month in Artvoice. Board members do not usual…

The $13.6 million increase in state aid that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed for the Buffalo Public Schools in his 2017 budget will come in handy. But as of right now, district leaders are not exactly sure how the money will be used. And Buffalo is still waiting on approximately $91 million the district is owed from a 2006 court ruling targeting high needs district. But af…

NORTH TONAWANDA - Phillip R. "Russ" Rizzo, a longtime elected official in North Tonawanda who underwent surgery for a large, malignant brain tumor last year, announced Wednesday he is resigning from the Common Council, effective Feb. 2. Rizzo, 83, is the 1st Ward alderman and Council president. In a public statement, Rizzo said, "As many of you know, I have had m…

The murder trial of a man accused in the strangulation death of his girlfriend abruptly concluded Wednesday when the defendant pleaded guilty. Raymond Smith, 25, admitted in Erie County Court that he beat and strangled Shaquilla Coston, 21, in her home at 43 Northumberland on Feb. 1, 2015. No specific motive for the killing had been presented in the trial, but testimony…

The West Seneca Central School District has reduced its staff by 270 over five years. The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District closed three schools to start this school year. Officials at the two suburban districts in Erie County that receive the most state aid say they're doing their part to trim costs, hold the line on taxes and preserve programming for student…

A former resident of the Commodore  Perry public housing complex  was sentenced Wednesday to time served and three years probation for his role in a drug operation. David Varner, 57, had perviously been convicted of maintaining a "drug-involved premises." Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said the defendant allowed his co-defendants to use his apartment at…

LOCKPORT - Niagara County has ratified a contract with the union that represents the workers at the county sewer district, completing its sixth union contract in the past two years. The contract with the 14 members of Teamsters Union Local 264 at the Sewer District means every county union has an active contract in force for the first time since 2012. The Teamsters d…

By Thad Komorowski Niagara Correspondent TOWN OF NIAGARA – More senior citizens will be eligible for town property tax exemptions this year because of new income limits established by the Town Board. The board Tuesday unanimously passed guidelines that allow exemptions for senior citizens who own property and have an annual income of up to $28,499. Previously, e…

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is staying consistent with the goal for its annual fundraising appeal. The organization, which provides assistance to those in need through a variety of programs, on Wednesday set the mark for the 2017 drive at $11 million, the same goal of last year's campaign. A spokesman for the organization said the goal was set conservatively becaus…

LOCKPORT - A  Lockport man who was drunk when his vehicle ran over a parking lot bumper and nearly struck a store was sentenced Wednesday   1-to-3-years in prison. Philip H. Nasca, 34, of Caledonia Street,  pleaded guilty in November to felony driving while intoxicated, acknowledging he that he had downed about 15 beers before getting behind the wheel in the early af…

A Tonawanda mother wasn't feeling well earlier this week, but one of her daughters had to get to dance class. So the mom put her 15-year-old daughter behind the wheel to transport her 10-year-old sibling there, according to the State Police. A trooper pulled over a speeding car on Interstate-290 in Amherst early Monday night and found the teenager in the driver's s…

Some Depew voters aren't satisfied with just saving their village from being eliminated. Now they want Depew to become a town. Less than five minutes after elections officials announced Tuesday night that Depew residents had rejected a referendum to eliminate the village government, some voters in the crowd at Village Hall began urging that Depew flex its muscles again …

Has your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier already fallen off the proverbial table? Do you still have the will – but not the proper insight and plan? Registered dietitian Benjamin Glurich can help. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County Eat Smart New York nutrition educator – an adjunct professor at Trocaire College – will teach three “Healt…

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary faced a grilling Wednesday from Democratic senators concerned about stock trades he made in connection with Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence. In a Senate confirmation hearing, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., found himself having to explain his investments in an Australian biotech com…

LOCKPORT - With his astonished accuser looking on from the gallery, Robert E. MacLeod testified Wednesday that his confrontation at Niagara Falls State Park was with some other woman, not the Japanese tourist who says MacLeod attacked and sexually abused her on Christmas night 2015. Taking the stand in his own defense, MacLeod said the woman, whom he thought was Chinese…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday postponed action on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's proposed project to redevelop its A.D. Price Courts housing project, citing hesitancy over a pending state report about the historic merits of the existing buildings that would be demolished. BMHA, together with affiliate Bridges Development Inc. and partner Norstar Dev…