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The hearing before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia regarding the removal of Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board may have been about Paladino, but for most of Thursday, it was the school board president, Barbara Seals Nevergold, who was in the hot seat. Throughout  five hours of testimony, Nevergold was grilled about whether she convened improper,…

Even the way Steve Boyd met Mickey Osterreicher was unforgettable, and distinctly Buffalo. In 1989, Boyd was on his first day as a television reporter with Channel 7. He was a passenger in a car driven northbound by a cameraman on Interstate 190, through downtown. Boyd learned he'd been reassigned to a story about the nuclear waste dump in West Valley. Osterreicher was …

A West Seneca woman was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and 300 hours of community service for stealing $291,070 by cashing pension checks mailed to her mother for 33 years after her mother's death. Pearlann MacVittie, 73, pleaded guilty April 6 before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case to third-degree grand larceny, a felony, according to the New York…

Protesters have dogged Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino ever since his racist comments about then-President Barack Obama and his wife were published in December. But Thursday morning, when State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia commenced an unprecedented hearing in Albany to determine if Paladino should be kicked off the School Board, there were no protest…

A Williamsville warehouse that functioned as a brewery until the 1890s could begin producing cold beers once again. The building at 34 W. Spring St. is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food cooperative, artisan market and artists' studio and gallery space. The village is seeking a $10 million grant through the state's…

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot earlier this month in South Buffalo as Calvin Williams, 25, of Buffalo. Williams, the city's 26th homicide victim of the year, was shot at about 11:45 p.m. June 12 on the 100 block of Pries Avenue. Pries runs between South Park Avenue and Hopkins Street, several blocks north of Tifft Street. No one has been charged …

A lengthy process meant to guide future growth and redevelopment in Amherst may reach a critical point at a special Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 22. Board members will review proposed amendments to the town's comprehensive plan during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The amendments were …

Dunn Tire has received the final approvals the company needs for its new store planned for Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The town Planning Board last week approved the site plan for the store at 3424 Sheridan, just east of Sweet Home Road, which will take over space that now houses Color-Tech Photo Lab. And the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance al…

Hamburg Central maintenance and clerical workers and the school district have agreed to contracts with annual pay increases of 2.5 percent. The three-year pact with the 57-member Local 200, Service Employees International Union, which represents maintenance workers, also addresses the use of personal time and vacation scheduling. It provides two additional days of berea…

A hearing to determine if Carl P. Paladino will be removed from the Buffalo School Board is underway in Albany. [See photos from the hearing] Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who will be one of only 15 to 20 spectators in the unprecedented hearing before state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, is covering  the event. You can see her tweets below …

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's landscape work between the Marcy Casino and Rose Garden has relocated parking for people with disabilities and limited vehicle access to the park. “We are proud of this beautiful restoration, and as your Olmsted parks are on the National Register of Historic Places, we ask that the public be patient and respectful of our hard wo…

After more than three hours of testimony, Chason Affinity Co.'s request for six zoning variances for an Elmwood Avenue condominium project was tabled by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, further holding up the $30 million project that has already lingered in uncertainty for months. The panel had started discussion on the matter in order to make a ruling, when membe…

Doug Cameron is a guy who knew some answers. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on the day in 1976 when Southern rock legend Gregg Allman, in Buffalo for treatment for addiction, did a surprise concert at Canisius High School. He startled hundreds of students gathered for what they thought would be a routine assembly. Allman died a few weeks ago, from complications relate…

The State University of New York trustees appointed Dan Hocoy as 11th president of Erie Community College during a trustees meeting in Albany Wednesday afternoon. Dennis P. Murphy, chairman of the ECC board of trustees, introduced Hocoy as "the right person, ladies and gentleman, at the right time" to succeed Jack F. Quinn Jr. Hocoy, 49, currently is associate vice c…