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Western New York voters on Tuesday elected the first Native American state judge in New York.Mark A. Montour, a Lancaster town justice for six years, defeated Paul B. Wojtaszek, a law clerk and a Niagara County legislator, by a margin of 132,426 to 118,914, capturing 52 percent of the total votes.Montour won on the strength of a 27,843-vote advantage in Erie County. He als…

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The Democrats’ 17-year reign over Lancaster town government spirals forward, much to the Republicans’ dismay.But the town Republican machine scored in the town justice race with Anthony J. Cervi’s win over Democrat Mark S. Aquino for the open seat vacated by retiring 38-year Town Justice J. Michael Kelleher, according to unofficial election results. Many political observer…

The controversial 252-unit apartment complex that Bella Vista Group wanted to build along Harris Hill Road in Lancaster drew the ire of nearby residents Monday night, the same day the town received official word that the developer withdrew its proposal.But the developer could still come back with another proposal for the same site at any time.Town leaders said they’d just …

Sixteen-year-old Lancaster High School student Andrew Moreno, who was reported missing Sunday in the forested mountains of southern Puerto Rico, has been found safe with only a few scratches and bruises, his brother reported Monday.Andrew had flown to Puerto Rico with his father, the Rev. Robert Moreno, and other relatives to celebrate the 90th birthday Saturday of his gra…

Two political newcomers aim to unseat two incumbents looking to remain on the Lancaster Town Board and maintain the years-long Democratic hold on town government.Those in the Lancaster GOP ranks, hoping for “a comeback team,” preach reform, leadership, transparency and accountability. The Democratics hold firm to what they terms a record of success.Republicans Patrick F. S…

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The question of just who Lancaster’s new town justice will be is dominating the town’s political landscape much more than many would have imagined.The hard-fought campaign features Democratic candidate Mark S. Aquino, a homegrown Lancaster man, and Republican Anthony J. Cervi, a Lancaster High School graduate who grew up in south Cheektowaga.In other communities, the races…

LancasterTown Board (elect 2)(I) John M. Abraham Jr. D, C, I, WF(I) Ronald Ruffino Sr. D, C, I, WFPatrick F. Sportelli RRobert E. Leary RWhat to know: The Lancaster Republicans are in an uphill climb to grab majority control of the Democratic Town Board in the council race. Political newcomers Patrick F. Sportelli and Robert E. Leary are looking to unseat well-entrenched i…

LancasterThe Lancaster Farmers Market is hosting a benefit event today for Geri Hens, a vendor who was seriously injured in a car accident and currently cannot work.Hens, the sole proprietor of Hens Bee Farm, has no medical insurance.The benefit will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, at the market, 4913 Transit Road, in the AMF Bowling Alley.All of the market’s vendors …

Women & Children’s Hospital has opened three more OB/GYN centers.The new centers are in Lockport, Lancaster and Hamburg.“We’re trying to extend access to the care at Women & Children’s,” said Dr. Gil Farkash, Kaleida Health’s chief of service for OB/GYN.Women & Children’s Hospital opened similar centers in the last two years in Kaleida Health’s DeGraff Memorial Hospital in…

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July 27, 1937 – Oct. 23, 2013Gerhard J. Neumaier, a co-founder of the Lancaster-based environmental services firm Ecology & Environment, died Wednesday in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 76.Mr. Neumaier was born in Covington, Ky., and graduated from Kaiser High School in Dayton, Ohio. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the General Motors Institute and a m…

Gerhard J. Neumaier, a co-founder of Lancaster-based firm Ecology & Environment, died Wednesday, the company said.“He will be remembered as a visionary who played a pivotal role in E&E’s growth from a small, local firm to a successful global environmental consulting company,” the company said. “We cannot and will not forget the vision Gerhard provided to this company from …

An employee of a Cheektowaga nursing facility has been accused of falsifying a patient’s records to conceal her failure to provide care, according to the State Attorney General’s Office.Alissa DiBello, 20, of Lancaster, a certified nursing assistant at Elderwood Health Care at Maplewood, was arraigned Wednesday on two felony counts of falsifying business records. She plead…

A series of email exchanges about a routine resolution over a skate park erupted into angry words during the Lancaster Town Board work session earlier this week.Supervisor Dino Fudoli – the lone Republican on the five-member Town Board – lashed out at Councilman Ronald Ruffino Sr., demanding an apology for a recent email exchange between Fudoli’s secretary, Lynn M. Sacha, …

Even with the 2014-15 school budget vote still six months away, the Iroquois School Board is focusing on how to improve the budget process.The district will conduct at least three budget work sessions per year, increase signage, send out invitations to community groups and conduct an exit poll at every budget vote. Superintendent Douglas Scofield said last week he hopes th…

The much-talked about skate and bike park to be built in Bryce Buchholz’s memory in Lancaster cleared a major hurdle Monday night after town leaders approved its conceptual design.The proposal had stalled in recent months, as project costs were revised and increased, and other details were worked out. But the Town Board’s unanimous vote gave organizers hope. The park was t…