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Barbara O'Brien


Education

Voters adopted school budgets Tuesday, but some districts did not provide vote counts to The Buffalo News Tuesday night. Here are the results for East Aurora, Iroquois, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls. North Tonawanda also provided updated figures for the School Board election. [Related: See all the school district election results from Erie and Niagara counties] Here a…

Education

Eden Central School Board members have scheduled a community forum and budget workshop on Tuesday to discuss what to do in the wake of the defeat of its proposed 2018-19 budget. The forum, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School cafeteria, will be followed by a special meeting of the School Board. Voters Tuesday turned down the budget,  517-388. The d…

Education

Eden Central School District's budget has been defeated. The budget needed a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass because the levy went over the tax cap. But the Eden budget did not gain even 50 percent approval, let alone the 60 percent needed for passage under the tax cap legislation. The budget was defeated, 57-43 percent. [Results: School budget, School Board elections …

Education

Most budgets in Erie and Niagara counties passed Tuesday, with the exception of Eden Central, which was seeking to go over the tax cap. But the Eden budget did not gain even 50 percent approval, let alone the 60 percent needed for passage under the tax cap legislation. The budget was defeated, 57-43 percent. Before the vote, Superintendent Sandra Anzalone said the ke…

Hamburg

The access road from Route 5 to the FedEx Ground Transport distribution plant in Hamburg will be known as Mike Bartlett Way, after the man who shepherded the $51 million project from the first inquiry about vacant land to its opening in 2016. The Hamburg Town Board approved the ceremonial naming of the access road Monday to recognize Michael J. Bartlett's contribution t…

Local News

Evans was so broke after years of fiscal mismanagement it couldn't get a loan because its credit rating had been withdrawn. But today, after pinching pennies, searching through the pockets of financial statements to find metaphorical loose change, and raising taxes, the bond rating has been restored with an A rating. "We're definitely on the recovery side of the bala…

Education

School officials often grumble about the tax cap and unfunded mandates, but since the cap was enacted, more budgets are being approved. And fewer people are voting. The number of residents voting on school budgets has gone down by more than a third in Erie and Niagara counties in the last seven years. Many point to a cap imposed in 2012 on the amount that school d…

Local News

A section of West Seneca's Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center building will reopen this month. The entire building was shuttered in January 2017 after the hardware started popping off windows and it appeared the building was structurally unsound. Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan announced Monday the classroom area, which includes restrooms and the kitchen are…

Erie County

Blade by blade, section by section of tower housings and foundations, the pieces that will make up 36 giant wind turbines in Chautauqua County are lumbering down county and state highways, a U.S. highway and an interstate, from Hamburg to Arkwright. Each convoy takes from five to seven hours to reach its destination, depending on weather and road conditions. The convoys…

Local News

The Seneca Nation of Indians will commemorate the 176-year-old Buffalo Creek Treaty with a ceremony May 18 at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center Park, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. The observance, which is open to the public, will start at 10:30 a.m. with a color guard from the Seneca Nation preceding Seneca, local, state and federal officials to the amphitheater, whe…

Crime

A Westfield woman crashed her vehicle into a house in Silver Creek after she failed to navigate a bend in the road Saturday afternoon. Jody L. Gallaway, 21, was driving at a high rate of speed on Central Avenue near Christy Road about 4:25 p.m., according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. At a sharp bend in the road, she was unable to negotiate the turn, lost c…

Hamburg

State Sen. Christopher Jacobs, R-Buffalo, will be part of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Leaders of Western New York series. Jacobs will be the main speaker at a lunch presentation May 18 at J.P. Fitzgerald's, 4236 Clark St., Hamburg. He will discuss Albany, this year's state budget and how it might affect business. There also will be a question-and-answer session. …

Local News

With the growing popularity of solar power, Allegany County is providing an all-day workshop for local municipalities on siting solar facilities in their communities. The Allegany County Office of Planning is working with NYSERDA's NY-Sun Office to offer the program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 at the Crossroads Center in Belmont. The free workshop is geared toward mayo…

Education

A state grant is helping Hamburg Central School District construct a new area for teacher training, student learning and community education and collaboration. The district had no training space that could accommodate groups larger than 50 people, limiting its ability to efficiently train larger groups of teachers, offer curricula to a larger population of students, or …

Crime

A Fredonia man is facing felony DWI charges after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies found he had been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Deputies responded to East Main Road in Pomfret about 5 p.m. Friday after a report of a disturbance there. They located Tracy Tarbell, 48, of East Main Road, and discovered he had been driving while intoxicated. Since he h…