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Those who follow the Buffalo School Board are well aware of the politics, infighting and racial tensions that typically underscore its interactions. But the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position offered even some insiders a more raw glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of the board and school district. There were no bounds when airing the bo…

Those who follow the Buffalo School Board are well aware of the politics, infighting and racial tensions that typically underscore its interactions. But the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position offered even some insiders a more raw glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of the board and school district. There were no bounds when airing the bo…

Pleas from advocates asking to eliminate the Grand Island bridges' tolls or install a high-speed cashless tolling system had gone unanswered by Albany officials. But after Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray posted a video on social media called "Dear Governor Cuomo," Cuomo's staff contacted him almost immediately to talk about the tolls. He feels he got results.…

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday told the state’s members of Congress that he would propose a “Faso-Collins” tax on counties to make up for the loss of county funding for Medicaid under an amendment proposed by Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence. Noting that “the Faso-Collins shell game” cuts $2.3 billion in annual fu…

The unprecedented hearing before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is to decide whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his elected position. But during the first day of testimony Thursday, it was those seeking his removal who were on the hot seat – specifically School Board President Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, a longtime Paladino nemesis. …

WASHINGTON – A lawyer, a teacher who just moved to the state, a guy who sells running shoes and a Klingon dressed up as Mark Twain walked into a Southern Tier congressional race, and … it's no joke. The lawyer, Eddie Sundquist, 28, of Jamestown, Wednesday became the fourth candidate to announce that he's seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Reed, …

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…

ALBANY – Almost six months of deliberations in the grand chambers of the New York State Legislature are being finalized Wednesday in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's compact office on the second floor of the State Capitol. That's where the governor and the three main legislative leaders continue to huddle today as they try to wrap up a relative handful of sticky issues on the l…

The New York State Thruway Authority would have to give 10 percent of the tolls it collects on the Grand Island bridges to three communities affected by pollution and traffic caused by the toll booths under a proposed legislation introduced by State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo. Jacobs' bill – which would require the Thruway give a total of about $1 million a year to…

ALBANY – The National Comedy Center slated to open next year in Jamestown has taken a major step forward by awarding an exhibits construction contract – and that's no joke. Adirondack Studios of Argyle, in Washington County, received the $2.9 million contract. The company will be responsible for all of the exhibits at the center, built in the hometown of famed comed…

Gary Loncar and Patricia Wade won the trip of a lifetime. They could each invite a guest for an 86-day, around-the-world journey valued at $42,000, with a head-spinning itinerary that included stops in 20 cities in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the United States. But both Loncar, a Grand Island resident, and Wade, who lives in the Albany area, turned it down. They…

The effort to remove Carl P. Paladino underscores the long-standing tensions that have dogged the factious Buffalo School Board, tensions that escalated after Paladino was first elected in 2013. Since then, there have been several other attempts among board members to remove one another. Those include: • Just months after joining the board, Paladino filed two diffe…

It’s been six months since Carl P. Paladino published his now notorious comments about the Obamas, and ever since then calls for his removal from the Buffalo School Board have remained persistent. This week, the issue comes before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who will ultimately decide whether Paladino can keep his elected position. In what…

The usual cast of players who take center stage each month at Buffalo School Board meetings will be summoned to Albany to testify at the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino, including all nine board members. Two Paladino allies on the board – At-Large Board Members Larry Quinn and Patricia Pierce – were the only two who didn’t vote for his removal. They are expecte…

A nonprofit group made up of public health directors and leaders across the region looks to raise awareness about the importance of childhood vaccines. “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” according to the Western New York Public Health Alliance. The alliance stresses immunizing c…

By the time those battling drug addiction get to the Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Supportive Living Program, they have gone through inpatient rehab and multiresidential treatment settings as they try to rebuild their lives. It can take months – or maybe never – before they have the opportunity to live in one of 19 apartment houses in Erie and Niagara counties as Ti…