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Niagara County lawmakers unanimously approved two resolutions Tuesday protesting a multi-million dollar tax burden placed on the county.


LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Niagara County lawmakers unanimously approved two resolutions Tuesday protesting a multi-million dollar tax burden placed on the county, stemming from a decision in Albany to change the state budget formula for a welfare program.

The legislature's resolutions address the "Safety Net" program, which the state offers to eligible residents after their federal "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) stipend expires after 60 months. Up until 2011, the state and local counties split the costs evenly, each paying 50 percent of the costs. After 2011, though, a change in the state budget altered the formula, forcing the counties to pay 71 percent of the costs.

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Two arrested for damaging memorial bench in Lockport


LOCKPORT, N.Y.- Two men accused of vandalizing a memorial benching honoring a fallen Western New York soldier pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Spencer Lupo, 20, and Garrett Sheehan, 21, were arraigned in City of Lockport Court on charges of second degree criminal mischief. A judge set their bail at $2,500 each, which both subjects posted.

Police announced Monday night the two were arrested for destroying a memorial bench honoring Albert Jex, a Lockport native who was killed in Iraq in 2009 by a suicide bomber. A new bench honoring Jex has since been installed.

Lupo and Sheehan face a maximum of seven years in prison.

School bus hits house in Lockport


LOCKPORT, NY-- At least two people are hurt after a school bus crashed into a house in Lockport Tuesday morning.

The accident happened on Middleton Road around 8 a.m. Howard Pirong, the son of the homewoner, said the accident began when a car and the bus crashed into each other at the corner of Main and Middleton, causing the bus to hit the house.

Pirong's father was not hurt in the crash, but was trapped inside his home after the accident.

Priong says he saw both the driver of the bus and the other car were taken to the hospital. No one was on board the school bus at the time of the accident.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

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Niagara Co. Sheriff defends deputy after taser incident


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- Niagara County Sheriff James Vourtour is defending one his deputies after they were captured on video tasering a suspect at Niagara Falls Social Services.

The video shows a woman screaming and yelling as the deputy wrestled the woman to the floor and tasered her.

Vourtour says the deputy was responding to a report of the woman being abusive and disorderly after being denied for services, and was within his rights to use the taser.

"There's a full story, and up to that point he tried verbal commands, told her she had to leave told her she was under arrest. She refused and that led up to the use of force. and it was a proper use of force in that instance," Vourtour said.

Vourtour also says deputies are trained in how to properly use tasers, and are rarely forced to use them.

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

 

 

A new indoor farmers’ and food producers’ market will open inside the new 3,000-square-foot home of The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, located at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The 20-week market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 4.

In Hungary, Father Maher Presents Caritas Medal, Establishes Alumni Chapter

In Hungary, Father Maher Presents Caritas Medal, Establishes Alumni Chapter

As the Berlin Wall was being razed in the early 1990s, Dr. Péter Forgách was watching closely from afar.

The young, Hungarian-born medical doctor had been practicing ophthalmology in Buffalo for years yet remained concerned about his birth country’s capacity to establish an effective democratic government.