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The chief executive of convicted polluter Tonawanda Coke has collected around $40,000 a year from his family’s foundation — for working two hours a week, according to the nonprofit’s annual reports to New York 's Charities Bureau. Paul A. Saffrin of Tonawanda Coke collected $37,500 as a trustee in 2015 and $42,500 the following year, according to the documents. That wor…

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Wearing jailhouse orange clothes and his hands in chains, Michael A. Gambino was among the first to appear before Buffalo Housing Court Judge Patrick M. Carney on a recent morning. Gambino insisted he's fixing up the rundown home he lives in on Krupp Street off Broadway. The judge was skeptical. After all, Gambino just spent four nights in jail after being arreste…

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A Buffalo nursing home considered one of the most troubled in the state will be closing, three sources familiar with the shutdown plans told The Buffalo News on Friday. The recently appointed receiver of Emerald South Rehabilitation and Care Center is expected on Monday to reveal plans to close the 122-bed facility and relocate residents and workers, the sources said. …

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Catholic bishops from around the country will meet as a group Monday for the first time since an explosive grand jury report exposed a cover-up of hundreds of clergy abuse cases in Pennsylvania, and since several states – including New York – launched new investigations into the manner in which dioceses addressed allegations of abuse. The Buffalo Diocese’s embattled Bis…

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For Joy Elizabeth Catalano, the breaking point came the night more than a dozen nurses and aides called in sick. Then the director of nursing at Buffalo’s Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Catalano recalled only three licensed practical nurses and one certified nursing aide on duty that night in June 2017 to care for about 150 residents. Normally, she …

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Four Erie County citizens have won their unusual court case, which orders Sheriff Timothy B. Howard to accurately report serious jail incidents, as a state agency requires. If he doesn't, the four can return to court to ask that the sheriff be held in contempt and compelled, perhaps with a fine, to follow the order. An attorney for Howard had argued that a legal vict…

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Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel and Watchdog Team editor Mike McAndrew spent six months investigating nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties. The resulting stories began appearing in The Buffalo News on Oct. 21, and more are on the way. They found that out-of-town investors had bought 16 of the 47 nursing homes in the two counties in the past 11 years, and many of …

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Buffalo Diocese officials, acknowledging a recent "tsunami" of new claims of child sex abuse, said Monday they added 36 priests' names to a list released in March that identified clergy who had been credibly accused of abuse. The diocese's list of credibly accused priests now stands at 78 priests – and includes 16 priests who are members of religious orders, a category …

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The future of a troubled Buffalo nursing home remains uncertain days after the state Department of Health appointed a receiver to temporarily run it, according to three sources familiar with the situation. The sources said the state and receiver may decide to close the Emerald South Rehabilitation and Care Center or merge it with the nearby Emerald North nursing home, w…

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Nursing home resident Sally Keller looked forward to cataract surgery on her left eye. Days earlier, the cataract in her right eye had been removed and her vision dramatically improved. "I went down the hallway saying, 'I can see, I can see,' " the 70-year-old Keller recalled. But after her second cataract surgery, Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, a nu…

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The state Health Department has appointed a receiver to take over two poorly rated Buffalo nursing homes, including one where resident deaths have prompted police investigations. Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Emerald North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center — which were the focus of a Buffalo News investigative story published Sunday — will be run b…

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Three years ago, Long Island resident Benjamin Landa and a group of downstate partners came close to buying seven nursing homes, including five of the Buffalo area's top-rated facilities. But the deal fell apart, and Landa is now suing the McGuire Group, the suburban Buffalo company that refused to sell him the homes. Landa alleged in his 2016 lawsuit that F. James M…

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See how the overall rating of 47 nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties have changed since 2009, selecting homes in the drop down menu. The ratings are by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which uses a five-star system, with five stars for the best and one star for the worst. https://buffalonews.com/2018/10/21/as-out-of-town-investors-buy-wny-n…

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The son of Frank L. Williams stared at bedsores his 82-year-old father developed at a nursing home in the Town of Tonawanda. He thought his father had contracted “the Black Plague.” Doctors cut away Williams' rotting flesh, but the infection had spread too far. Williams died. At a Buffalo nursing home, workers failed to disinfect a glucose meter as they drew blood fr…