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Sandra Tan

Cityside reporter primarily covering Erie County government. Previously covered Buffalo Public Schools and other community and issue-oriented beats.


Crime

A Buffalo woman living at the 300 block of Walden Avenue reported that she was holding her daughter when the child's father grabbed her by the throat and beat her on Saturday. According to Buffalo Police, the woman said that the man continued to hit her and pull her by her hair while the she begged him to let her put their daughter down. She then yelled for a relative t…

Buffalo

An East Side woman told Buffalo Police that an unknown man and woman, both white, damaged her car and screamed racial slurs at her Saturday afternoon. The woman reported that, at around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Fillmore Avenue and William Street, the man damaged her car with a hammer while the woman threw some kind of sticky substance on the car, according to …

Environment

Fifty American chestnut tree seedlings were planted in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park on Arbor Day, the first time in memory that pure American chestnuts were planted at their namesake county park since a devastating blight killed off the species in the park decades ago. Taking part in the planting were Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and county parks perso…

Local News

At 6-foot-6 inches, Nathan Tyrrell was already tall. But drop him into a pair of bright red, patent-leather size 15 pumps with 4-inch heels, and the man was a giant. A loud-clomping, weak-ankled, high-heel-scuffing giant. By comparison, State Sen. Timothy Kennedy was having a much easier time of it. After his first walk in heels nearly five years ago – wearing too-large…

Erie County

The Erie County Legislature on Thursday voted 6-5, on party lines, to approve a measure requiring contractors on county-supported construction projects to offer apprenticeship programs with a graduation rate of at least 30 percent. The measure, endorsed by unions and the Legislature's six Democrats, is meant to close a loophole that lets some contractors on county proje…

Erie County

The Erie County Legislature voted 9-2 on Thursday to confirm Marie Cannon as commissioner of the Department of Social Services. Cannon had been acting commissioner since Al Dirschberger resigned from the post under pressure in late December after he was indicted on rape charges. Cannon served as first deputy commissioner of the department since 2014. She will lead th…

Erie County

For 14 years Elizabeth Barnes worked for Erie County, but she had to quit when she could no longer drive because of Parkinson's disease. She and her 14-year-old daughter now live in a women's shelter. When she received a low-income Section 8 housing voucher, she was excited by the prospect of finding a suburban apartment near a good school with her monthly out-of pocket re…

Erie County

A plan by Erie County administrators to address low wages in Child Protective Services has received a chilly reception from county lawmakers. "You put a plan together and didn't reach out to people affected and say, 'Are we on the right road here? Is this going to fly?' " said Legislator Thomas Loughran, D-Amherst. High turnover and difficulty attracting new employee…

Erie County

Erie County has released an initial list of road paving and repair projects, with special focus on roads damaged over the winter, along with a pavement preservation program for outlying areas. For greater cost savings and efficiency, the Department of Public Works said, this year's work will be done by county highway crews rather than contractors. “As the winter weather…

Erie County

Amy Allison worked as a Child Protective Services caseworker for seven years before deciding she couldn't do it any more. She lasted longer than most. When she asked to use vacation time to ease the stress, she was repeatedly denied. There were not enough co-workers to investigate the unending stream of child abuse and neglect cases pouring in. "I left mainly for my …

Local News

The Erie County Legislature on Thursday approved 11 new positions in the Clerk's Office so that Auto Bureau services can be extended to Saturdays in the Northtowns Auto Bureau. The bureau is located in the Sheridan Plaza at Sheridan Drive and Eggert Road. Currently, the only bureau providing Department of Motor Vehicles services on Saturday is the Depew/Cheektowaga loca…

Erie County

Erie County legislators unanimously approved a measure Thursday to prevent county administrators from collecting vacation and personal time payouts if they leave county service after being charged with serious crimes or violating county policies. The measure was prompted by the $19,452 payout to former Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger for what he was owed in…

Erie County

The last paycheck former Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger received from Erie County government totaled $19,452 – a payout for what he was owed in unused vacation and comp time. The check came even though he had resigned his position after being accused of raping a subordinate. Members of the Erie County Legislature minority caucus call the payout wrong. T…

Erie County

Erie County only has one Auto Bureau with Saturday hours, located in Cheektowaga, to accommodate every driver that needs to have a license renewed, a driving permit granted, or license plate registered. But Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns said he intends to hire more full-time employees to reduce wait times and keep the Northtowns Auto Bureau open on Saturdays start…

Buffalo

Sometime overnight, it appears someone fired a low-powered weapon, possibly a BB gun, at Coles Restaurant on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, resulting in minor damage to the front window, according to Buffalo police and restaurant staff. According to the police report, someone appears have to have shot two rounds at the front window of the restaurant between 1 a.m. and 9:30 …