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For over a decade, Buffalo's appointment on the Western Regional Off-Track Betting board of directors has belonged to a Garner. Just months after taking office in 2006, Mayor Byron W. Brown appointed his friend Maurice L. Garner, founder of the Grassroots political club, as Buffalo's representative to the OTB board. When Garner stepped down from the board seat after …

Buffalo

Rebecca Decker has learned a few things in her five years hosting what may be Western New York’s largest charity cookie exchange. For one thing: You don’t mess with cutouts when you’re baking for the masses. “It’s drop cookies or bust,” she said. Since the first edition of Cookies for a Cause in 2015, 28-year-old Decker and her battalion of devoted home bakers hav…

Crime

If you buy the argument that former DEA agent Joseph Bongiovanni is tied to the Buffalo mafia, it might be because of his boyhood relationship with Peter Gerace. Gerace is the operator of Pharaoh's, the Cheektowaga strip club raided by federal agents Thursday, and the nephew of Joseph Todaro Jr. For years, the FBI maintained the Todaro family – Todaro and his late fa…

Obituaries

Oct. 8, 1945 – Dec. 12, 2019 Karyn Porempski of Cheektowaga joined Kensington Unit 708, American Legion Auxiliary, in 1969 right after her husband, Joseph, was discharged from the Army. That began a 50-year dedication to assisting veterans and their families through the organization that eventually led to her idea of charging in-state tuition to veterans and their de…

Crime

The presence of a 100-pound-plus dog did not discourage a burglar last week in a Town of Lockport home, leading the victim to believe that the intruder was someone the dog recognized, according to police reports. The break-in on Gothic Lane took place between 1 and 9 p.m. Monday, with the intruder entering via a rear sliding door, police reported. The victim reported…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man has been banned from Wegmans stores for life in the wake of a recent shoplifting incident at the company's store at 1577 Military Road, Town of Niagara Police reported. Robert B. Patrick, 36, of LaSalle Avenue, was arrested in connection with a Dec. 7 incident in which $303 worth of steaks, crab legs and lobster tails were stolen, police said. Accord…

Buffalo

Josue Mejias-Padilla fired a shot from a handgun in front of an Ontario Street house in Riverside on Friday afternoon, then stashed the weapon inside a backpack and fled on foot down nearby Fuller Street where Northwest District police spotted him, authorities said. Officers said they began chasing Mejias-Padilla, and when he turned onto Briggs Street, he tossed aside t…

Amherst

July 15, 1946 – Dec. 12, 2019 While Dorothy A. Smith, known throughout the real estate world as Dorothy Stahlnecker, was forging the path for women as a leader in commercial real estate, she mentored countless individuals throughout her career for the pleasure of seeing them grow. And for nearly half that time, for the last 15 years, she endured six different kinds o…

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Five Amherst Central High School teachers who say renovation work performed in their classrooms is making them sick have sued the company that oversaw the construction. The teachers say materials used in the project left an odor that lingers to this day in many of the science classrooms in the building and they have repeatedly complained to school and district officials…

Buffalo

Buffalo's mayor and comptroller – longtime political allies – could be on a collision course over a plan to replenish the city's reserve funds and restore the confidence of Wall Street rating agencies that have taken a dim view of the city's dwindling fund balance. Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has a proposal that would replenish Buffalo's fund balance – also call…

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Creating a community vision is the answer to building a new City of Niagara Falls where jobs are plentiful, residents of color are treated with dignity by law enforcement and every child receives a quality education. That was a key message Saturday at Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope’s community meeting where more than 60 residents, clergy and community group repres…

Courts

A State Supreme Court justice has ordered the Town of Hamburg to return the highway superintendent's vehicle while the judge considers the dispute. Justice Dennis E. Ward granted a temporary restraining order Friday at the request of Highway Superintendent Ted Casey. "In the event the Town of Hamburg Police Department has taken possession of the Highway Department Fo…

Buffalo

A Code Blue was declared for Saturday night in Buffalo and southern Erie County, with warming centers open overnight and during the day Saturday and Sunday. Two overnight shelters will be open tonight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in Buffalo: Harbor House, 241 Genesee St. and Holy Cross, 412 Niagara St. The Rural Outreach Center, 765 Olean Road, East Aurora, also will be open f…

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WASHINGTON – A bill that would fully restore the federal deduction for state and local taxes is headed to the House floor next week, even though it faces likely doom in the Republican-controlled Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee this week approved a measure reversing a provision of the 2017 GOP tax overhaul that set a $10,000 cap on the deduction. New York Gov.…