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It was supposed to be a reorganization meeting.But the Hamburg Town Board’s meeting Monday night was anything but organized as two new members surprised and shocked a packed board room with changes in personnel, elimination of stipends and an attempt to terminate the contract for the police chief.“There’s going to be some bumps along the way,” Councilman Michael Quinn Jr.,…

It was supposed to be a reorganization meeting.But the Hamburg Town Board’s meeting Monday night was anything but organized as two new members surprised and shocked a packed board room with changes in personnel, elimination of stipends and an attempt to terminate the contract for the police chief.“There’s going to be some bumps along the way,” Councilman Michael Quinn Jr.,…

SILVER CREEK – Residents of the village will be reminded that installation of new water meters is mandatory. Mayor Nick Piccolo announced Monday that some residents are refusing to allow crew members into their homes to connect new meters. He said that it is mandatory that the new meters be installed. The change in meters is part of the village’s overall water improvement …

William George claims the city repeatedly passed him over for promotion as retaliation for his refusal to contribute money to Mayor Byron W. Brown’s re-election campaigns.A federal judge has ruled his case can go to trial.George, a seasonal laborer, sued the city in 2009, claiming the Brown administration dropped a merit-based system of promotion in favor of a system that …

The Special Events Law the Town Board has been working on for several months should be on its way to a second public hearing sometime in February.The board held a work session after the regular meeting Monday night and decided that the law would be finished at the next meeting, Jan. 27. In the meantime, board members are going to write down their suggestions on the way the…

LOCKPORT – The prosecution rested its case Monday in the Niagara County Court manslaughter trial of Jennifer R. Marchant, and the case could go to the jury today.Defense attorney Dominic Saraceno had said he was leaning against putting Marchant on the witness stand, but he was planning to discuss the issue with her Monday night.However, in a sense Marchant did testify, as …

Homeowners in a Town of Tonawanda neighborhood experiencing flooded basements and streets told the Town Board on Monday they blame a nearby hospital that has undergone major expansions in recent years.A dozen residents of a low point on Hampton Parkway, between Elmwood Avenue and Military Road, said drainage from parking lots behind Kenmore Mercy Hospital is causing sewer …

Nook e-readers have made their way into Lancaster school classrooms and they are quite a hit among the students.The Nooks – which in large part got their kickoff in Lancaster through a donation from the Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation – are making reading more fun for children of all ages.The Lancaster School Board on Monday heard a detailed presentation from M…

Buffalo

Jerome A. Thagard holds no hard feelings, though he lost more than 4½ years of his life in state prison for a murder he did not commit.“I want to say I’m not angry. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and this made me a stronger person,” the 21-year-old Buffalo man said shortly after he was officially exonerated Monday in State Supreme Court.Thagard’s…

Building inspectors will go door-to-door in West Seneca this week to assess damage in neighborhoods that were inundated by the ice and floodwaters of Buffalo Creek.“We are going to go house to house,” Jeffrey Baska, assistant code enforcement officer, said at Monday night’s Town Board meeting. Those inspections will be done Wednesday and Thursday, and will focus on mechani…

Warming stations have now been designated in the Village of Angola a week after a blizzard blanketed much of the Southtowns. This action came during Monday’s Village of Angola Board meeting.Trustee William Houston questioned why Village of Angola residents who may have needed a warming shelter did not have an option before.After a brief discussion, which included Town of E…

Buffalo

Buffalo’s precarious fiscal condition of a decade ago has stabilized, due to state-imposed oversight, increased state aid and the steady stewardship of city leaders. But poverty, population loss and low home values pose continuing challenges.That was the verdict of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, who came to Buffalo on Monday to share his office’s assessment of the c…

WASHINGTON – Several Supreme Court justices on Monday expressed grave doubts about the constitutionality of President Obama’s appointment of several members of the National Labor Relations Board – including Buffalo-born lawyer Richard F. Griffin Jr. – without Senate confirmation.Hearing arguments in what’s potentially a landmark case on the president’s power to make “reces…

Two Catholic Health hospital system adult homes and one nursing home will be sold to a private Long Island company pending state approval, officials announced Monday.The sale includes St. Francis of Williamsville, a 142-bed skilled nursing/subacute-care facility; and two adult homes, 117-bed St. Elizabeth’s Home of Lancaster and 40-bed St. Vincent’s Home of Dunkirk.Togethe…

The Maryvale Board of Education approved a teacher’s retirement incentive Monday night that could net the teachers up to $20,000 extra for health care costs. Administrators believe that, if successful, could net a significant savings for the district.The incentive is limited to four employees, but the amount is tied to how many teachers accept the offer. If only two teache…