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Sometimes there's a certain benefit in coming into a community from the outside. I'm a Western New Yorker by birth, but I haven't been around for the entire civic opera involving Carl Paladino, a guy I've never met. I wasn't here when he made the remarks last year that triggered the motion toward his state-ordered ouster Thursday from the Buffalo School Board, the momen…

Sometimes there's a certain benefit in coming into a community from the outside. I'm a Western New Yorker by birth, but I haven't been around for the entire civic opera involving Carl Paladino, a guy I've never met. I wasn't here when he made the remarks last year that triggered the motion toward his state-ordered ouster Thursday from the Buffalo School Board, the momen…

Outdoor fitness events at Canalside will spill into Labor Day weekend but Independent Health Fitness in the Parks classes in favorite outdoor spots across the region will take place in the coming days. They are among family, fitness, health and wellness, and nutrition events in the next week in Western New York. FAMILY
 Family Fun Day. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, next…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Elayne Boosler, born on this date in 1952, “I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.” . . . WELCOME MAT – All differently abled people, their families, caregivers and friends are invited to the monthly social from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the First Christian Church, 9656 Main …

The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night voted to stall action on Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s planned Muir Woods subdivision until further study is conducted on the project's effect on traffic in the area. The move is likely to please neighbors who came out to Thursday's board meeting to criticize the developer's plan for the 133-home subdivision in the town's nor…

An overflow crowd turned out Thursday evening for a raucous, contentious mayoral debate, held in the Burchfield Penney Arts Center on the SUNY Buffalo State campus. Mayor Byron W. Brown, a three-term incumbent, defended his record against a barrage of criticism leveled by City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, both of whom are …

Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. But don’t expect this School Board drama to be over just yet. Many cheered the state education commissioner’s decision Thursday to remove Paladino from the School Board, but the Paladino camp quickly said it will resist. His attorneys already started working on an appeal to State Supreme Co…

With South District member Carl Paladino removed from office, the Buffalo School Board Friday is expected to begin the process of appointing a replacement. The board has 30 days to appoint a new South District member, according to state law.  The replacement must be from the South District, and must be approved by a majority of the remaining eight board members. If …

Many prominent people praised state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's decision to oust Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board, but not always for the reasons Elia cited. Elia's decision was based on Paladino, in January 2017,  publicly discussing confidential information from an October 2016 executive session of the board. But many of the people who laude…

The effort to build a new Seneca Babock Community Center at the site of former Buffalo Public School 26 received a major boost Thursday. Businessman Roger Hungerford announced he would match the $1 million donation made in March 2016 by Dr. Daniel and Gail Alexander for a new community center at 82 Harrison St., off Seneca Street. The City of Buffalo has allocated $6…

Traffic on the Thruway eastbound Thursday was reported backed up about 5 miles between Lancaster and Alden, as a result of an apparent hazardous materials situation. A witness at the scene reported that a tandem tractor-trailer was pulled over to the side of the road near North Millgrove Road, just outside of Akron. Limited details were available. State Police, al…

An 8-year-old Niagara Falls girl was injured Thursday when a minivan struck her in the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue. The incident occurred about 1 p.m., according to Niagara Falls p0lice. The girl was crossing Pierce Avenue mid-block when she was hit by westbound 2007 Chrysler minivan that was driven by a 36-year-old Niagara Falls woman. Police said the girl was treat…

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 12 primary for state and local offices in New York State. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight Friday and received by the Board of Elections no later than Aug. 23 to be valid for the upcoming primary election. New Yorkers wanting to register in-person may do so at their county Board of…

Up to a $7,500 reward is being offered for information about a January homicide in Buffalo. Paul J. Byrd, 46, was shot in front of his home on Cornwall Avenue on Jan. 9. Crime Stoppers Buffalo is offering up to $1,000, Buffalo Police are offering up to $1,500 and an unnamed private citizen is offering up to $5,000. Anyone who provides information that leads to…

A truck driver has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal Thruway crash in June that killed a University at Buffalo Nursing School faculty member. Kristofer M. Gregorek, 27, of Ballston Spa, who police said was using his cell phone to shop when the accident occurred, was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter in the June 8 crash that killed …