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Voters in Allegany County filled contested seats in four of the five County Legislature districts in Tuesday’s election. There was no contest for seats in the Fifth Legislative District.Each of Allegany County’s five legislative districts has three seats, for a total of 15 seats.In addition to filling the legislative seats, voters elected local officials in several of the …

Candidates for judge of County Court, sheriff, coroner, county clerk and county treasurer in Wyoming County were elected Tuesday without opposition.Among Wyoming County’s 16 towns, there were scattered contests for local offices, according to the county’s Board of Elections in Warsaw.Elected to countywide offices without opposition were Michael M. Mohun, judge of County Co…

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NIAGARA FALLS – It turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch.And a free breakfast, too.They are served every school day to every student in seven of the city’s public school buildings under a new federal program based on the high level of poverty in Niagara Falls.“This really is about kids that need to be fed,” School Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco told members of …

LEWISTON – In a last-ditch effort to avoid condemning a small sliver of private land for dedication as a public street, town officials will make one more offer to buy the property from its owners.Town Attorney Michael J. Dowd said Monday that a real estate appraiser has looked at the short privately owned section of Legacy Drive at Northridge Drive and soon will submit his…

Carl P. Paladino on Sunday criticized Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and supporters of the state’s new gun-control law and said he plans to lead the Western New York contingent to a statewide Gun Rights and Lobby Day on Tuesday on the Capitol steps in Albany.The Buffalo developer, who as the Republican nominee lost to Cuomo in the 2010 election, said the law is “not proper in its pr…

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LEWISTON – Business administration students at Niagara University helped hundreds of low-income and elderly taxpayers receive more than half a million dollars in income tax refunds last year, and they’re ready to do it again this year.James Ingham, an assistant professor of accounting, said 50 to 60 students have completed an Internal Revenue Service training program that …

NIAGARA FALLS – Recognizing the increasing use of electronic social networking sites, city school administrators are modernizing their policy to make sure that students and staff understand that fraternization is forbidden even if it is done digitally or outside the classroom and not face-to-face.“Frequent personal communication with a student unrelated to course work or o…

LEWISTON –The long overdue cleanup of hazardous chemical and nuclear waste at the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works could be delayed even longer because of Congress’ indecision on the federal budget, according to a local advisory group.At best, a final cleanup at the former munitions plant at the town line between Lewiston and Porter is years away, but the “fiscal cliff” …

NIAGARA FALLS – A groundswell of public indignation over the City Council majority’s plan to reduce or eliminate funding for a city arts center and the city’s block clubs swept through City Hall on Monday night, as more than 40 irate residents signed up to speak against the planned cuts.A capacity crowd of about 200 packed Council Chambers to support continued funding for …

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NIAGARA FALLS – Some classes at two local schools have been flipped.Work that used to be done in the classroom is being done at home, and what used to be done as homework is being done in class.It’s an experimental approach being tried in several cities to move educational techniques into the digital age of the 21st century, improve learning and give teachers more time to …

Buffalo’s city treasury expects to collect more money this year in license fees for chicken coops than from the Seneca Nation for operation of the Senecas’ multimillion-dollar downtown casino.And it expects to collect a lot more from the quarters that are dropped into parking meters than from the quarters dropped into slot machines at the casino.Those are among the startli…

A cross-country “whistle-stop” train tour aimed at promoting alternative choices for public education – mainly charter schools – will bring its message to Buffalo during a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. Friday in Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave.Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo; State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo; and Samuel L. Radford III, presid…

LEWISTON – The Town Board has moved toward condemning a small sliver of privately owned land so Legacy Drive can be dedicated as a public street through to Northridge Drive.Because of a misunderstanding years ago over who owned the property, a short part of Legacy Drive never was dedicated as a public street, Town Attorney Michael J. Dowd said Monday. Town officials said a…

At least two members of the Buffalo Common Council plan to reaffirm their opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” during a news conference at noon today in the Council’s conference room at City Hall.“Buffalo was the first city in New York State and one of the first in the nation to pass a bill to ban fracking,” Majority Leader Demone Smith said Sunday. “Our bil…

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The year just ended was a time of hopes, promises and dreams for Niagara County.Only time will tell which of those hopes, promises or dreams may come true any time soon for a county that has limped along for far too long without many signs of real progress.There were, of course, some positive signs, but whether they will come to complete fruition still is an open question.…