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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams has been covering Buffalo City Hall for The Buffalo News since 2016. Prior to that, she reported on public schools in the city and was a suburban beat reporter for The News. Williams joined the Buffalo News in 1999.


Confusion over the building permit approval process in the Town of Lancaster continued Monday as officials and residents debated the procedure, which some call an example of unfair treatment by the town.The problem came up last week when officials learned that a 100-foot communications tower had been erected at 6495 Transit Road without building permit approval from the To…

It is important for employers to institute safeguards that help protect against on-the-job harassment and discrimination, according to an attorney who told Lancaster Town Board members Monday the absence of such measures could spell trouble."If you haven't done the basics, you're probably at risk," said Lindy Korn, president of Diversity Training Workplace Solutions of Buf…

About 150 people crowded a room in the Lancaster Village Municipal Building on Thursday to find out what the village's Community Development Corp. has been up to the past couple of years.For one, they learned that the leaders charged with revitalizing downtown Lancaster have spent much of the time "planning and preparing."As the audience listened, presenters showcased new …

The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier is working to restore the Hull house in the Town of Lancaster, the oldest stone house in Erie County, and the society is asking the Town Board for a little help.Organizers say the renovation project could cost between $200,000 and $400,000, and they hope that a combination of private and public funds will pay for it, said Clinto…

Lancaster town officials and residents say they are shocked to find out that a controversial communications tower has been constructed without approval from the Town Board for a building permit."Did you know that the cell tower is up already? It's a brand-spanking-new galvanized tower," Bowmansville resident Russ Luke said about Nextel Partners' 100-foot cellular communica…

A delay in appointing a new public safety dispatcher and patrolman to the Town of Lancaster Police Department is over.The Town Board appointed Tammie E. Malone as a dispatcher and Richard K. Albert as a police officer Monday night.Malone and Albert were introduced to board members three weeks ago, when the Town Board was poised to vote on the appointments. But an unexpecte…

The search by portable air tool maker Dynabrade for a place to expand may be over.Company executives presented the Clarence Planning Board with rough designs Wednesday for a new facility on Shimerville Road. If approved, Dynabrade will move from 8989 Sheridan Drive in Clarence to 5630 Shimerville Road.Plans call for a one-story 100,000-square-foot facility, with 75,000 squ…

The concept plan for the second phase of a senior citizens assisted-living complex was approved Wednesday night by the Clarence Planning Board.Development plans were approved in November for the first phase of the independent community housing complex at 6015 Newhouse Road. The project includes a one-story building of 44 apartments, plus six duplexes that will comprise 56 …

A former Lancaster building inspector was sentenced Friday to five years of probation for embezzling more than $25,000 from the municipality.State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti spared Daniel L. Baccari, 43, jail time for pocketing $25,164 between 1997 and last August -- in large part because Baccari made full restitution."The fact you came to court, stood up and …

For years, Cheektowaga residents who live near a stone quarry off Como Park Boulevard have complained of vibrations and noise from explosions at the Buffalo Crushed Stone excavation site.But those concerns should be alleviated by spring -- the start of the next blasting season -- thanks to a recent seismic mapping study that is pointing the way for the quarry operator to b…

Coming on the heels of an announcement from the current tax receiver that she is not seeking re-election, Clarence has established a committee to investigate consolidation options for that department and others.Kathleen Hallock, a two-term receiver of taxes, is challenging fellow Republican and incumbent Daniel A. Herberger for the office of supervisor in the November elec…

Taxation without representation.That's what some are calling a joint venture between the Lancaster Central School District and the Town of Lancaster.Last week, Town Board members adopted a $100,000 bond to pay for an addition to the town's Youth Bureau, a roofed-in patio located at the rear of the Oxford Avenue facility. Once it's enclosed, the room will house a suspended-…

The Lancaster Central School District is considering joining forces with the Village of Depew to launch a new program for students.Depew Recreation Director Jim Ramsey has requested permission to install a 20-foot-by-20-foot shelter on the grounds behind John A. Sciole Elementary School. Under the proposal, the Recreation Department would purchase the steel-frame shelter, …

Candidates for two positions in the Town of Lancaster Police Department were introduced to the Town Board recently.But an unexpected twist delayed the anticipated hirings when the issue of nepotism was raised. Board members met Tammie E. Malone and Richard K. Albert, candidates from the civil service list for public safety dispatcher and police officer, respectively.The bo…

The Clarence Planning Board approved the concept plan Wednesday night for a new BJ's Wholesale Club in Eastgate Plaza, but the filling station that developers want to accompany the outlet will have to wait.Benderson Development wants to construct a BJ's Wholesale Club and filling station at 5033 Transit Road, on the north end of the plaza. The 108,000-square-foot building …