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The power of incumbency, a City Hall machine, and the bully pulpit are all advantages for an incumbent like Byron W. Brown as he seeks a fourth mayoral term this year. But Mark J.F. Schroeder is equally adept at summoning all his powers as Buffalo comptroller. He and his staff are churning out news releases and audits critical of Brown – all part of his duties as Buff…

The Town of Orchard Park should adopt written policies relating to cash receipts in the Recreation Department, according to a state audit. "They just wanted us to tweak a few things over there," Supervisor Patrick Keem said. Auditors from the office of Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli looked at financial records and reports for the period from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 27, …

Daemen College and D’Youville College are teaming up to offer a quicker path to advanced degrees in pharmacy and public health. The two colleges have agreed on a 4+1 graduate program that will allow students to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree from D'Youville and a master of public health degree from Daemen in five years, instead of the traditional six years. In ad…

If you measured joy by the penny, you couldn't find a happier place than the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. From the gently moving vintage rides for little ones to the beautifully restored 1928 Herschell-Spillman Carousel enjoyed by everyone from babies to seniors, the compact park is a throwback to a simpler time. In that simpler time, a dollar was a fortune. So at the…

Scammers are telling victims in Orleans County that they won a monetary prize that claims to be coming from Publishers Clearing House, according to Orleans County Sheriff's deputies. A letter and a counterfeit check for $7,897 were recently mailed to an Orleans County resident, though investigators contacted SunTrust Bank, which told them this scam was happening nationw…

New Erie Community College President Dan Hocoy isn't wasting time changing how the college operates. Hocoy, who took over as the college's 11th president earlier this month, already has reorganized some of the college's senior executive staff. A vice president and an associate vice president lost their jobs. Hocoy said he made the moves to create a more efficient ad…

April 28, 1925 – July 24, 2017 Her family in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, feared that C. Bhargavi Rao would never get married. The second oldest of seven children and the only daughter, she defied her parents’ wishes and insisted on getting an education. At that time, school was not considered a priority for girls, and they commonly became brid…

Darnel Galiore, 26, is accused of entering a woman's home Saturday evening and pouring bleach and cooking oil over her clothes, according to Buffalo police. The incident caused more than $250 in damage to the woman's property. Before leaving, he also took her cellphone, police said. Galiore was charged with burglary in the second degree.

Almost 23 Olympic-sized swimming pools of contaminated soil are being excavated and hauled away for disposal from a remediation project in the shadow of the Father Baker Bridge. A few weeks ago, work on the $7.4 million project started on the 20-acre parcel at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park, which motorists on Route 5 see on the north side of the Union Ship Canal. …

The largest number of wild turkey flocks in 15 years was counted across New York State by citizen volunteers last August. The state Department of Environmental Conservation hopes to build on that success when the 2017 Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey starts next Tuesday. Interested citizens are encouraged to record observations of wild turkey in August as a way to …

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison on weapons and drug charges. Michael Billups, 38, also was sentenced to five years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance in June, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Narcotics officers from the Erie Co…

Parking is free parking throughout all of the City of Tonawanda, but Common Council is talking about changing that. Council members this week met with representatives from Park Mobile to discuss an app that would allow them to charge fees for parking. If a parking fee were instituted, the first priority would be Niawanda and Veterans parks, councilors agreed. Visi…

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. More than 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Serendipity Swing …

Erie County Medical Center didn't pay a nearly $30,000 ransom demand to the perpetrators of a massive cyberattack in April, but the intrusion that brought down the hospital's computer systems will exact a very big cost. ECMC officials estimate expenses tied to the incident were nearly $10 million. About half of that amount is for computer hardware, software and assis…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from singer Mick Jagger, born on this date in 1943, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.” . . . HAVE A SIP – Wines from the Finger Lakes will be featured as St. Teresa’s Catholic Church holds a Wine Appreciation 101 evening from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Parish Cente…