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Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. That's the ruling today from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, according to the board's attorney. "He is out effective immediately," said Frank W. Miller, the board's attorney. "The commissioner wrote a 33-page decision in which she went through and analyzed and knocked down all the var…

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 12 primary for state and local offices in New York State. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight Friday and received by the Board of Elections no later than Aug. 23 to be valid for the upcoming primary election. New Yorkers wanting to register in-person may do so at their county Board of…

Carl Paladino was making headlines long before the current controversy that ended with New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia removing him from the Buffalo School Board on Thursday. Here's a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of Paladino's political career: April 5, 2010: Paladino, seeking to tap into the anger of Tea Party supporters an…

 A lasting legacy The Police Athletic Club’s Tennis Camp celebrated the memory of Natalie Lewis Wednesday during its award ceremony at the Delaware Park McMillan Tennis Courts. The camp was renamed “Love to Serve” in honor of Ms. Lewis, a noted local athlete who died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014 at age 24. Ms. Lewis was an intern in May…

WASHINGTON – The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news source that critics say is the nation's top hate website, found itself virtually kicked out of the country earlier this week, as both GoDaddy and Google refused to host the site anymore after its incendiary coverage of protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But by Wednesday morning, the Daily Stormer had found a…

Serving up love The tennis camp where Natalie Lewis once coached youngsters will be renamed “Love to Serve” in her honor today. Ms. Lewis died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014. The 24-year-old was a noted local athlete who set records for Nardin Academy and continued to excel as a scholar-athlete in the University of Richmond’s swimming prog…

Byron W. Brown's money machine keeps rolling, helping the incumbent mayor build what is close to a $600,000 campaign fund as the Democratic primary election enters its final month. Brown's campaign fund amounts to more than four times what his closest rival, Mark J. F. Schroeder, now has on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed in recent days with the state …

WASHINGTON — People and small businesses that buy health insurance on New York's marketplace face the possibility of double-digit premium increases in 2018, due to the state's approval Tuesday of a new set of rates for the coming year. The state's decision will not affect the vast majority of New York residents, who get their health insurance through a big employer, M…

Happenings on Hertel Did you hear Hertel Avenue is getting 27 new, custom-made corrals to be installed along the busy business district? Each of the black, iron corrals will hold one garbage tote and one recycling tote? One of them was unveiled yesterday, and they look pretty cool. While I was checking out the new corrals, I noticed a couple of new businesses al…

WASHINGTON — Some racists and anti-government activists who bill themselves as part of the "alt-right" have a new hero: the most notorious American-born terrorist of all time, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Extremists have been praising McVeigh, the one-time Pendleton security guard who killed 168 people in the bombing of an Oklahoma City federal office buildin…

A crowd of about 150 turned out Sunday evening at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway to express support for the victims who were struck by a car at a racially charged protest Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. A 20-year-old white man, reportedly a Nazi sympathizer, drove a car into a crowd of couter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19. That crime followed a m…

The candidates for mayor of Buffalo competing in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary will debate the issues in a forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Mayor Bryon W. Brown, city Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant will field questions on issues ranging from education to economi…

Palladian Health, like most of the firms named in the subpoena that arrived at City Hall in July, made political contributions to Mayor Byron W. Brown over the years, according to financial reports filed with the New York State Board of Elections. The health firm — which has held the city’s competitively bid employee assistance program contact since 2011 — donated…

Before lodging bribery charges against G. Steven Pigeon, investigators learned that Palladian Health of West Seneca had filed a lawsuit that got transferred to State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek’s court after the case had been assigned to another judge in 2013. They also learned that while Michalek was handling the case, he exchanged emails about the lawsuit…

State and federal agents probing the many connections of political operative G. Steven Pigeon have expanded their search into Buffalo City Hall. In July, City Hall received a subpoena for documents related to firms that have done business with the city during the Brown administration, according to four sources with first-hand knowledge of the investigation. Seven differ…