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Jay Rey

Jay Rey covers education and Buffalo Public Schools for The Buffalo News. He has been a reporter at The News since 1993.


The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night rejected Daemen College's plan to build a $2 million science and commerce building off Getzville Road.The board voted, 4-2, with Morton Levy abstaining, to deny the college's plan to build a two-story, 24,750-square-foot structure at the north end of the parcel of land off Getzville north of Main Street.Daemen's neighbors prot…

Candidates for the Williamsville School Board introduced themselves to the voters Wednesday night and addressed both some old questions and new problems affecting the district.The candidates were asked their opinions on several topics during the forum in Mill Middle School.A field of seven candidates is seeking to fill three, three-year terms on the board in the May elec…

Candidates for the Williamsville School Board introduced themselves to the voters Wednesday night and addressed both some old questions and new problems affecting the district.The candidates were asked their opinions on several topics during the forum in Mill Middle School.A field of seven candidates is seeking to fill three, three-year terms on the board in the May elec…

Companies moving into southeast Amherst will have an impact on traffic and the town has asked them to help pay for traffic improvements.The town has approached some of the companies to help pay for a traffic signal to help access to the Spindrift Office Park off Main Street.James J. Allen, executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, discussed the prop…

Paul and Diane Berg want to bury their problems with high-voltage power lines, and so does the New York State Electric & Gas Corp.NYSE&G, which has power lines carrying a total of 34,500 volts running over the rooftop of the Bergs' home in Clarence, has discussed the possibility of taking down the lines and burying them, instead.NYSE&G officials approached the Clarence To…

Plans for the New Buffalo Shirt Factory in Clarence moved ahead Wednesday night as the company's request for architectural approval of a new building was sent to the Planning Board.The Planning Board now has preliminary and architectural plans for the 48,000-square-foot building in the Wehrle Heights Industrial Park off Wehrle Drive and Gunnville Road.The Buffalo T-shirt…

The Williamsville School Board Tuesday night adopted a $92.1 million budget for the 1994-95 school year.The board did not provide any figures for the tax rate, but agreed the rate will not increase more than 5 percent or $1.06 for residents of the Town of Amherst.The spending plan is $5.2 million more than this year's $86.8 million spending plan.Superintendent Francis M. M…

Amherst residents can expect Main Street construction for the next few years, but what type of renovations will be made is still being determined.Main from Mill Street to Youngs Road is scheduled for reconstruction beginning in the fall of 1995, and state Department of Transportation officials got input Tuesday night on proposed renovations.Five options are proposed for …

Resolving a sewer and water problem has been considered a Williamsville Village Board priority and that is reflected in this year's proposed budget.The tax rate is to remain unchanged at $5.07 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under the proposed budget, but the water rates would increase 14 cents and sewer rates 43 cents to help correct inadequacies in the systems.Village…

A 2-year-old boy and his 1-year-old sister died Sunday afternoon in a fire in their East Side home that investigators said was sparked by a child playing with matches.Benjamin J. Fountain and his sister Kecia were pronounced dead in Children's Hospital a short time after firefighters brought them out of their burning house at 152 Walden Ave.The two children and five other …

Main Street in Williamsville is one of the busiest roads in the Town of Amherst.So when the street's four lanes -- from the Youngmann Expressway to Mill Street -- are narrowed to two for repaving this summer, the situation could get ugly.Roland Owens knows. His barber shop has been on Main Street for more than 40 years and he has been through a few Main Street renovations…

The Williamsville Village Board Monday named a new attorney and a new trustee -- but not without controversy.As expected, Thomas V. Troy was replaced as village attorney by Trustee Patrick M. Kelly, by a 3-2 vote.Larry J. Hillebrand was appointed to fill the vacancy left on the board after Kelly took the new post.Troy, who has been the village attorney since 1977, maintain…

Increased health education and ways to reach isolated older persons are among services that would help senior citizens in Amherst, a recent study said.The $15,000 study, financed by state money, gave several recommendations to the Amherst Department of Senior Services about where to target its limited budget.The needs assessment study recommended the department provide in…

A Russian native arrested at Memorial Auditorium last week made no threat or extortion attempt against Buffalo Sabres star Alexander Mogilny, said a Buffalo attorney representing the man charged with attempted grand larceny.Robert J. Riordan said Monday that his client, Sergey Fomitov, the 30-year-old charged with attempting to extort $150,000 from Mogilny Friday mornin…

Residents in the Eggertsville Fire District will vote Wednesday on a $2.5 million bond issue to build a fire hall.The proposed fire hall -- a one-story, 20,000-square-foot facility on Eggert Road, just East of Bailey Avenue in Amherst -- would consolidate fire services into a single, centralized facility for the fire district.Voting will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. in Fir…