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…

Buffalo police and a Buffalo Fire Department emergency medical services unit were dispatched to the 100 block of Keystone Street near Doat Street after report of a shooting about 10:46 p.m. Wednesday. No further information was immediately released by either agency.

ELLINGTON -- An Ellington man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly physically assaulting a juvenile boy on North Route 62 earlier this week, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. James R. Haley, 38, was taken into custody at his residence about 6:45 p.m. on charges of criminal obstruction of breathing, third-degree assault and endangering the welfar…

Buffalo police and a Buffalo Fire Department emergency medical services unit were sent to the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue after a report of a shooting incident there about 10:05 p.m. Wednesday. No further information was immediately available.

Where will the new Buffalo train station be? The first public meeting to tackle that question will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. on the 13th floor of City Hall, in Common Council Chambers. A 17-member committee, headed by Mayor Byron W. Brown, has its work cut out for it: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Oct. 26 the committee had six months to reach a decision, wit…

WASHINGTON – More than 60 Democratic members of the House are refusing to attend President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration Friday, but Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, plans on going. “While I certainly respect the decisions made by my colleagues in the Democratic caucus, I also have great respect for the American tradition of peaceful transition of power,” H…

Nov. 23, 1936 - Jan. 17, 2017 Theodore Leonard Lownie liked buildings. Preferably older ones, with some history to them. Over decades, Mr. Lownie and his firm, Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects -- later shortened to HHL Architects -- left an indelible imprint on the city's historic architecture, from the Darwin Martin House to Kleinhans Music Hall. Mr. Lownie, 80…

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 former Council president. In a public statement, Rizzo said, "As many of you know, I ha…

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…