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NORTH TONAWANDA – Michael E. NeMoyer, who works for Pendum LLC as a technician servicing banking machines, announced Tuesday that he is running for the Niagara County Legislature.NeMoyer, a Democrat, is challenging first-term Republican incumbent Kathryn L. Lance of Wheatfield in the 7th District in the November election.The 7th District includes parts of Wheatfield and…

WASHINGTON – The Western New York congressional delegation, led by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, is making a push for bringing more modern cargo planes to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.In a letter Tuesday to the Air Force secretary and chief of staff, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and her congressional colleagues suggested moving eight C-130H3 cargo planes from a base in Minne…

NIAGARA FALLS – Buffalo’s John R. Oishei Foundation has donated $750,000 to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s fund drive for a new cardiac/stroke care center, the hospital announced Monday.The grant is conditioned on Memorial raising a matching amount, spokesman Patrick J. Bradley said. The grant moved the fundraising effort over the $1 million mark, with a goal of $…

LOCKPORT – The leaders of several of Niagara County’s leading tourist-related businesses defended the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. in a vigorous public comment period at Tuesday’s County Legislature meeting.The Legislature voted to renew the contract for a year, but the clock started Tuesday night, rather than being retroactive to the expiration date of the old 10-…

LOCKPORT – As the two organizations whose parking situations are most affected by summer concerts announced service curtailments for those Fridays, the women studying downtown Lockport parking said Tuesday they will complete their work next month.The Lockport Public Library and the Lockport Family YMCA will lose their parking to the Labatt Canal Concert Series, which start…

Education

Given a second opportunity to vote on their school budget, residents of the Clarence School District voted overwhemingly to approve a budget, 3,541 to 1,817.Voters approved the district’s second-chance budget by roughly 66 percent to 34 percent.The approved budget in Clarence brings the tax rate under the state’s cap. The passage means the district will cut nearly 30 posit…

NORTH TONAWANDA – William R. Hall was unanimously appointed police chief by the North Tonawanda Council Tuesday night and will be officially sworn in today by Mayor Robert G. Ortt on Wednesday.During an interview, Hall, who grew up in North Tonawanda and joined the department 28 years ago, reflected on his years with the department.“Everybody wants to strive to the highest…

Yahoo is moving aggressively to hire 125 people – 10 more than originally planned – to fill a call center that the Internet giant is constructing near its data center in a Town of Lockport industrial park.The company over the past few weeks has worked through the University at Buffalo to advertise the positions and is holding a job fair this week on the UB North Campus.Yah…

LOCKPORT – Two men who sold drugs to police informants pleaded guilty in separate Lockport cases Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.DeAndre M. Mathews, 22, of North Avenue, Niagara Falls, and Anthony J. Bennett, 27, of Ashley Place, Lockport, each admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Kloch set sentencing Aug. 15 for …

LOCKPORT – Two men who pleaded guilty in separate robberies were imprisoned Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.James A. Connell, 36, of Bellreng Drive, Town of Niagara, drew seven years in prison for stealing about $55 from a clerk at a 7-Eleven store on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls June 30. Connell was armed with a knife. He pleaded guilty to a …

Local News

NIAGARA FALLS – Mayor Paul A. Dyster on Tuesday outlined his administration’s general plans for the city’s $89 million in slot machine revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino.In an afternoon news conference in City Hall, Dyster highlighted a 10-step plan for how he believes the city should move forward now that a deal has been struck between the state and the Seneca Nation …

Niagara County schools showed small gains and minor losses in the percentages of their high school students graduating in four years in 2012, according to data released Monday by the state Education Department.Biggest improvement was seen at North Tonawanda High School, where the rate bounced back to 84 percent after dropping from 84 to 77 percent between 2010 and 2011. Ba…

The fifth annual Labor’s Night at the Races, to benefit the United Way of Greater Niagara, will take place Friday at Ransomville Speedway.The event was originally scheduled for June 7, but was postponed due to inclement weather. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored. The event includes a tent party at 6 p.m. with racing to start at 7:15. Tickets are $…

Buffalo

Buffalo Public Schools graduation rates continue to stir serious concerns, with the latest graduation data released by the state showing the city trailing behind every other major city school district in New York State except for one.According to the 2012 data released by the state Education Department on Monday, high schools in Erie and Niagara counties generally showed e…

LOCKPORT – The Town of Newfane last week sought Niagara County Legislature support for Niagara River Greenway funding to repair one of the piers at Olcott’s Krull Park Beach and the wall on the beach’s border.The request to the Legislature’s Ad Hoc Greenway Committee totaled $118,460: $78,000 for the deteriorating wall, $29,460 for the now-closed concrete pier; $6,000 for …