School superintendent planning to retire
BATAVIA -- Margaret L. Puzio, superintendent of the Batavia City School District, has announced plans to retire next year, four years after she was named to the post.
The Board of Education, under a plan to name successors for anticipated retirements, has appointed Christopher J. Dailey as deputy superintendent beginning Jan. 1. He will take over the top position when Puzio retires.
Dailey has been principal of the high school since May 2008 and recently completed a program designed for potential top administrators.
Puzio, who will probably step down at the end of the academic year, succeeded Richard G. Stutzman Jr. who retired July 1, 2008.
Central Terminal wins $10,000 competition
Buffalo's Central Terminal is reveling in recognition and dollars.
It was awarded $10,000 after receiving the most votes in a weeklong competition co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Facebook that saw hundreds take part.
The Art Deco train station bested the Colored Musicians Club, Graycliff and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.
"All four of these historic Buffalo landmarks strengthen their community, and we were thrilled to see the way people in Buffalo rallied around their favorite places," said Stephanie Meeks, the National Trust's president. "Congratulations to Central Terminal for receiving the most votes and winning the grant funding."
The Central Terminal also was recently awarded a $300,000 state Regional Project Development grant. The money from the contest will go toward meeting a required $100,000 in matching funds.
Mark Lewandowski, president of Central Terminal Restoration Corp., which owns the site and has worked to bring it back from near ruin, said the state grant will be used to upgrade deteriorated entranceway canopies.
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Control board wage freeze upheld by federal judge
A federal judge, for the third time in as many cases, has upheld the Buffalo control board's wage freeze for city employees.
U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority did not violate the rights of workers represented by Local 264, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The wage freeze, imposed in April 2004, prevented all city and school district employees from receiving negotiated raises, step increases and longevity payments that are based on years of service.
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Perreault to sign autographs at market
NIAGARA FALLS -- Buffalo Sabres legend Gilbert Perreault will sign autographs at the Niagara Holiday Market at 6 p.m. today.
The meet-and-greet with the French Connection star is free of charge, and the market, on Old Falls Street, will be open until 7 p.m.