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Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray will propose a radical change in town government at a Town Board work session Monday with a proposal to hire a town manager and cut salaries, including his own. He said personal attacks on him and other employees in executive sessions and gossip led him to propose the changes. The topic is one of more than 20 issues on the leng…

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Frank McNamara and Michael Paternostro aren't spending any time together in their new roles as school resource officers for Grand Island. But a work schedule might be the only thing the two retired police officers don't share. Both are fathers of large families, McNamara the father of five children, and Paternostro, the father of four; both are longtime residents of …

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Monday night's unanimous vote by the Grand Island Town Board to amend the town zoning code to effectively ban the construction of  travel plazas or truck stops on the island was not unexpected. The issue had been a subject of debate for more than a month. From the beginning, Supervisor Nathan McMurray and the board were resolute in their opposition. "We can't predict…

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It isn't just town officials and residents who don't like the idea of a truck stop on Grand Island. It's also at least one truck driver. "As soon as I heard about it I was going to protest immediately," said Michael Jablon, who drove a car hauler for 30 years. Jablon was one of dozens of residents who filled the Town Board meeting Monday to again protest a proposa…

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Love's Travel Plaza could bring $1.5 million a year in sales tax revenue and 40 to 65 jobs to Grand Island – but a potential for 250 trucks per day to a stop on Whitehaven Road. Residents have overwhelmingly said no. The Town Board held a public hearing on a local law Monday that prohibits truck stops and travel plazas on Grand Island. Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray…

Business

The furniture and rugs are in and the walls are painted, but the Holiday Inn Express in the long-vacant former Dunlop headquarters has one more major hurdle to jump before it can open: sewers. The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to approve easements that will allow sewage system work to go forward. The work will be paid for by the hotel owner, Grand Island Hotels …

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There won't be a new truck stop on Grand Island if the Town Board has anything to say about it. Town Board members Friday did an end-run around plans for such a facility even being introduced on Grand Island by amending the town's zoning code to ban them from being built anywhere on the island. The action would effectively thwart plans for a Love's Travel Stops and C…

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Grand Island has a simple message for a company that wants to build a truck stop here: Don't. Different factions on the Town Board this week agreed they did not support plans for a Love's Travel Stop, a national chain truck stop and country store which has proposed plans to build a new location on the north side of Whitehaven Road, west of the I-190. Love's Travel…

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No community is immune from the opioid epidemic. That's why Grand Island has established an advisory committee made up of both school board and town board members to address the problem. Community members will be invited to participate. "Grand Island is just like everywhere else," Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said. Cheryl Cardone, director of pupil personnel se…

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The outlook for Grand Island's effort to become a destination for solar generating parks is looking positively sunny. Four projects that stand to take advantage of the island's abundance of open land and access to the Thruway and could bring electricity to hundreds of residents are under consideration. Officials said the projects are a result of a solar energy law th…

Education

The Grand Island School District has been without a school resource officer since 2013, but the search has begun for two part-time officers to fill the vacancy. The Grand Island Town Board will hire two police officers for the position to be funded by the school district, which received $45,000 in state aid. Officials finalized an agreement at a joint Grand Island To…

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The Grand Island Town Board agrees the town needs a community center, with a gym and meeting rooms, but has debated for months on how to get there. Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray asked the board to consider hiring an engineering firm to draw up plans for bidders, while Councilman Raymond Billica said he would prefer making a sketch and a list of ideas and leaving the pla…

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The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to support a plan for two part-time school resource officers at schools in the district rather than a single, full-time officer. The school board will have public discussion on the plan at its meeting on Monday. Currently, all town police officers are part-time. The plan would make the two resource officers part of the town p…

Politics

Supervisor Nathan McMurray, the lone Democrat on the Grand Island Town Board, said he "campaigned hard" to fill two open board seats with Democrats. But Republicans Peter J. Marston Jr., the chairman of the Planning Board and owner of Marston Power Equipment, and Jennifer Baney, a former Williamsville elementary teacher, easily took the two spots, which were left open w…

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The Town of Grand Island board weighed the pros and cons of, creating a special post for a full-time retired officer to serve the Grand Island school district, or dedicating two part time officers from its current police force. Both the town and school board have agreed that a school resource officer, which was funded by the state police until 2013, needs to be brought …