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Cardinal O'Hara High School's "Dress in Blue" raised $1,000 to honor Buffalo Police Department K-9 Officer Craig Lehner. The fundraiser was the largest this private school of 280 students has ever had, said Jill Monaco, assistant principal. Lehner's K-9 partner, Shield, and ATF special agent Gerry O'Sullivan (a 1982 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara) went to the school to …

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Grand Island is considering owning rather than leasing its 211 municipal street lights from National Grid, and switching them to solar power. Town Councilman Raymond Billica said it could be a money saver for the town. "We are paying National Grid $90,000 a year in leasing payments," Billica. "If we use their poles we pay for their poles." He said it would cost th…

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A Batavia man is held in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail after he allegedly broke into the home of acquaintances in the village of Elba about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and threatened them with a knife, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reported. Adam J. Gill, 29, of East Main Street, allegedly was disarmed and left the house without further incident. Deputies on…

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A Jamestown woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Tuesday after she struck a vehicle in a supermarket parking lot, Jamestown Police reported. Jordan L. Becker, 26, was held without bail in the City Jail pending arraignment. She was charged with DWI and aggravated DWI for a blood alcohol content of more than 0.18 percent, which is more than twice th…

Crime

Christopher M. Freeney of Niagara Falls was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in state prison for possession of cocaine with the intention of selling it. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said the sentence will be served simultaneously with a two-year state sentence Freeney began in September for a drug possession felony in Chautauqua County. Freeney, 47…

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Republicans claimed the countywide posts of clerk and comptroller Tuesday, while incumbent Republican Sheriff Timothy B. Howard claimed victory while holding a razor-thin lead of 3,850 votes over his Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert. The contest may yet be decided by about 12,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. https://twitter.com/bobmccarthybn/status/928…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from “Dracula” author Bram Stoker, born on this date in 1847, “How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.” . . . HONORING VETS – The director of Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, retired Coast Guard Capt. Brian Ro…

Hamburg

Hamburg will have a Democratic supervisor for the first time in 12 years, and newly elected James Shaw will work with a Republican Town Board. Shaw, who has been a municipal attorney for several jurisdictions over his 42-year legal career, beat attorney Dennis Gaughan, 59-41 percent. The big upset of the night came in the highway superintendent's race, where Ted Cas…

Erie County

Democrats will retake control of the Erie County Legislature in January after four years in the minority. The Republican-supported majority, which managed to keep a slim, one-vote lead since 2014, lost a key seat Tuesday night. That race made all the difference, as Democrats now will have a one-seat majority. Incumbent Republican Ted Morton lost his seat in the 8th D…

Far more adult Western New Yorkers didn't vote Tuesday than did. Only 33 percent of the 624,281 registered voters in Erie County bothered to vote in the race for Erie County sheriff, for example. And there's more than 100,000 other adult Erie County residents who aren't even registered to vote. Here's how some Buffalo area residents explained their lack of intere…

Politics

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon won re-election to her 9th District seat, which encompasses part of South Buffalo, Lackawanna and Hamburg, where Democrats have the majority. Dixon is the Independence candidate who usually votes with the Republicans. She was challenged by Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. Dixon, 52, who was a journalist for 22…

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Niagara Falls Republicans entered Tuesday's election with hopes of success in the City Council race -- but Democrats won two of the three seats being contested. Combined with incumbents who didn't have to run this year, the Democrats will hold a 3-2 edge on the Council in 2018. Complete but unofficial election results showed William D. Kennedy II, a first-time Democr…

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Incumbent Republican Ted Morton lost his seat in a key Erie County Legislature race in the 8th District, which includes the towns of Alden, Cheektowaga and Lancaster, as well as the villages of Lancaster and Depew. The race between the two-term incumbent and John Bruso, a Democratic newcomer, played a pivotal role in determining which party controls the 11-seat body. …

Amherst

Amherst voters on Tuesday gave Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa a promotion to town supervisor, as Democrats gained full control of the five-member Town Board. On Jan. 1 Kulpa will go from representing the roughly 5,200 residents of the village to representing the nearly 126,000 residents in the entire town. Kulpa said he felt he was the "underdog" entering the ra…

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By a 5-to-4 margin, residents of the Town of Evans rejected a proposal on Tuesday’s ballot to increase the size of the Town Council from three to five members. The unofficial vote total was 2,374 to 1,895. The proposition, if passed, would have reversed a decision by voters in 2009 to create a three-member Council at urging of downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan. Evans …