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Mike McAndrew

Mike McAndrew joined The Buffalo News in 2016 after working for three decades for newspapers in Syracuse and Pottsville, Pa.


Erie County

More than a dozen Buffalo News reporters and six photographers are providing live coverage in tweets below of the first election in New York State where early voting will help decide the winners. https://twitter.com/TheBuffaloNews/lists/election-day-2019 Who's on the ballot The biggest races in Erie and Niagara counties include: Erie County Executive Mark Pol…

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter for causing the death of a friend in a two-car crash that happened as they fled from a store after being accused of shoplifting, according to Erie County prosecutors. Aleia Easley, 23, pleaded guilty to the highest charge against her in connection with the April 23 death of Jacquelyn McClain, 21, of Buf…

Buffalo

The Child Victims Act is unconstitutional, and a decades-old childhood sexual abuse case filed under the new law should be dismissed, a Catholic religious order is asserting. The Province of St. Anthony of Padua of the Conventual Franciscans and related entities have asked a State Supreme Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the Rev. Mark Andrzejczuk of sexually ab…

Buffalo

For nearly 30 consecutive years, Most Precious Blood Parish in Angola had priests accused of molesting boys assigned to work at the church and its elementary school. But lawsuits filed Tuesday allege a former female teacher, Dianna Vacco, sexually abused two girls who were in her Most Precious Blood School class decades ago. An Angola woman’s lawsuit accuses Vacco of…

Buffalo

The Rev. Arthur J. Smith, who has been a magnet for controversy in the Buffalo Diocese clergy abuse scandal, is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy 43 years ago during a field trip to Washington, D.C., for eighth-grade students from a local Catholic school. The boy and his two sisters were permitted by the principal at St. Bernadette Elementary Sc…

Amherst

A former Amherst High School student has sued the Amherst Central School District, alleging she was sexually abused by a guidance counselor who later became the school’s dean of students. The lawsuit names John “Jack” Koch as the abuser. Koch, a teacher’s aide at the time whom the district allowed to work as a guidance counselor, sexually abused the girl for about tw…

Courts

Niagara Falls’ biggest nonprofit human services agency was sued this week by a man who alleges he was sexually abused when he was 4 years old by two juveniles in the agency's building. The alleged abuse happened 39 years ago, in 1980, at the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier building. Two strangers in a Community Missions program for children in the juvenile jus…

Buffalo

More Child Victims Act lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo than against any other defendant in New York State, The Buffalo News has determined. From Aug. 14 through Sept. 16, 138 lawsuits were filed against the Buffalo Diocese, alleging it negligently allowed priests or other employees to sexually abuse children. The Archdiocese of New Yo…

Buffalo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not join in the calls for Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign, but said Malone should consider it if he's lost the support of Western New York Catholics. "I don’t know the facts well enough," Cuomo said Tuesday when asked by The Buffalo News if Malone should step down. "I do know that in that calculation he would have to determine…

Buffalo

A former Buffalo Public Schools student alleges in a Child Victims Act lawsuit that a gym teacher repeatedly sexually abused her from 2007 to 2009 at Lafayette International High School. The suit accuses former teacher Christopher Jagiello of Buffalo of sexual contact with the minor without her consent. The lawsuit also names the school district and Associate Superin…

Business

An Absolut nursing home in Orchard Park will close as its owner, Absolut Facilities Management, seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition while it reorganizes, the company announced Wednesday. Absolut did not announce a date for the closing of its Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Orchard Park, a 202-bed facility with about 185 residents. The state Health D…

Local News

The Rev. Ryszard Biernat, secretary to Bishop Richard J. Malone and vice chancellor of the Buffalo Diocese, has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, the diocese announced Tuesday. The leave is for an undetermined length of time. Biernat's departure comes during a tough time for the diocese, which was sued last week by more than 100 people who say they were …

Buffalo

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone apologized again Tuesday evening to clergy sexual abuse victims hours before many of them planned to file lawsuits against the diocese under the Child Victims Act. Malone, who lobbied state lawmakers against passage of the Child Victims Act as recently as 2018, said he hoped that the law will go a long way toward providing surviv…

Business

State and federal regulations prohibit nursing homes from discriminating against individuals because of their payment source. But New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes. At the five-star nursing homes, 7 percent of the new residents in 2017 were Medicaid admissions – poor people whose bills were paid by Medic…

Photo Galleries

Boy Scouts from Troop 524 in Springville raise funds each year by erecting about 190 sponsored U.S. flags that fly at different locations during special events in the summer.