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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News. A print journalism graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, she is also a licensed attorney.


Cheektowaga

The $92.8 million budget proposed by Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski represents a $183,601 increase in spending with cuts to library funding expected to be the focus of comments at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Town Hall. Owners of a home assessed at $100,000 would see property taxes go up by $6.30 to $1,660 under the Benczkowski proposal. The r…

Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga supervisor is considering cutting funding to the town's two libraries by more than 60%, which could mean cutting operating hours for one library and staff hours for library employees. It could also be bad news for library staffers who could use a massage. Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said her budget recommendation for the Julia Boyer Reinstein and Ann…

Cheektowaga

Gerry Vaughan wears his hearts on a grassy hillside in Cheektowaga. For the past eight years he has carefully mowed interlocking hearts into the sloping grass, sparking smiles among motorists, some of whom go out of their way to drive by the heart-studded hillside, west of George Urban Boulevard near the Thruway. This week, Vaughan added to his grassy gallery by mowi…

Long-awaited repairs to the Rossler Avenue Bridge are expected to begin next week, according to a statement released by the State Thruway Authority. The bridge connects Dingens and Clinton streets in Cheektowaga. Several run-ins with oversize trucks have plagued the bridge since early summer when it was closed briefly after being struck by a dump truck, said Mark Weg…

Cheektowaga

It's never a popular decision when a municipality sets out to reassess all its properties because residents believe a higher assessment means a higher property tax bill. Cheektowaga officials are learning that canceling a reassessment also might not be a popular decision. Town officials and residents are continuing to grapple with fallout from the unexpected cancella…

Erie County

Mary Kless said politics had nothing to do with her decision to serve as an election inspector in Lancaster, where she has lived for most of her 78 years. “It’s a civic duty for me,” said Kless. “People who are inspectors do it because they want to serve the community." But now she's wondering whether politics is the reason she will not be doing the job this year. …

History

The rocket attack blew U.S. Army Spc. Brian E. Will off the back of a transport truck and nearly tore off his ring finger. Will had only two months left in a 1969 tour of duty in Vietnam when he became a war casualty. His wife remembers the call as if it happened yesterday. “He called me at 3:30 in the morning,” said Linda Will. “I don’t want you to worry, but I’m…

The Lovejoy Gospel Church at 5922 Genesee St. is one step closer to constructing an addition to serve its growing congregation after the Lancaster Town Planning Board signed off on the state environmental impact review. The 4,150-square-foot expansion of the church building would accommodate youth programming and include additional parking for 46 vehicles, new lighting …

Attractions

A step inside the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane is a step back in time. The first full-metal plane with multiple engines earned the nickname “Tin Lizzie” and featured eight passenger seats, originally made from lightweight wicker. This weekend, local aviation enthusiasts will get their chance to see the historic plane – one of eight still flying today – and take a ride a…

Local News

The Lackawanna City Council Monday night awarded contracts for roofing and asbestos abatement at the former Knights of Columbus building at 2838 South Park Ave. The action marked a significant step in the planned exit from the burnt-orange City Hall at 714 Ridge Road. The roofing contract totaling $386,000 was awarded to Progressive Roofing, Inc. of Grote Street, and Ma…

Lackawanna

About a dozen residents gathered at Lackawanna City Hall Monday for a City Council meeting to protest the killing of a coydog by the city animal control officer. After an outdoor protest, the residents filed into Council chambers, where they approached the podium to address lawmakers. "What do you expect taxpayers to do when we don't have any faith in a service we pa…

Lackawanna

Lackawanna residents, upset over the recent shooting death of an animal by the city’s animal control officer at Holy Cross Cemetery, plan to attend the City Council meeting Monday night to voice their concerns. “We want answers and accountability. Why did an innocent animal get shot?” asked resident Steve Fontaine. "We think the animal had mange, but that’s not a death …

Local News

Homeless dogs from the Bahama Islands found new homes more than 1,200 miles away in Buffalo Niagara because of the efforts of a local rescue group that helped transport about 100 strays here during recent years. Buffalo C.A.R.E.S. – short for Companion Animal Rescue for Evan and Snoopy – intensified its rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. But the group’…

Buffalo

The people who live in the neighborhoods off of South Elmwood Avenue near downtown have been asking the same question for a while now: What is that noise? It's high-pitched, annoying and frequent, residents said. Neighbors say the auditory affront is courtesy of one of the city's most venerable institutions, the Buffalo Club on Delaware Avenue, and its cooling and…

Bills

Buffalo Bills officials continue to tinker with policy to curb the raucous behavior of fans on game day that last year resulted in 55 game-related arrests by Orchard Park police outside the stadium. Those efforts are starting to pay off, according to a team executive. “Not that long ago, we averaged 30 (in-stadium) arrests per game and 140 ejections a game,” said And…