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Mistake at LaSalle Park Costs Taxpayers

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- An expansion project at LaSalle Waterfront Park in Niagara Falls has been on the drawing board for several years. Recently, one crucial mistake led to construction work at the park to be put on hold.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says the error totals $20k, and how much the taxpayer is on the hook for is still being figured out.

Construction at the park which sits on the Niagara River near the foot of the Grand Island Bridge began a few weeks ago. Dyster told 2 On Your Side that the pouring of building foundations for a picnic gazebo and storage building were already put down.

The main problem at LaSalle Park is according to the Mayor is the ground they started building on is actually unpacked landfill of stone and soil put there in the late 1950's, and early 60's.

School Official Predicts "Relaxation" Of Law, In Order To Curb Bullying

LEWISTON, NY - The Superintendent of Schools in the Lewiston Porter district says when it comes to cyber bullying in particular, his district is --in one unfortunate sense-- no different than any other.

"This happens weekly...sometimes daily, and it needs to be constantly addressed," Christopher Roser told WGRZ-TV.

But Roser also says efforts by school officials to stem the activity, are sometimes hamstrung by federal laws

"I sign a document every year that says every computer in our school district is properly filtered, and we're required to do that," Roser explained, referring to the Children's Internet Protection Act.

Child Porn Charges Against Former United Way of Niagara V.P.

LOCKPORT, NY - A former United Way of Niagara official is accused of child porn charges.

Phillip Buffone is accused of downloading child pornography on his work computer when he was employed by the United Way of Greater Niagara.

Buffone was the vice president of the organization and was often the spokesman for the Make A Difference campaigns.

Buffone pleaded not guilty to the eight count indictment in August. An indictment charges him with four counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and four counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child.

Defense attorney Alan Roscetti says his client denies downloading child porn. When asked how it got on his computer, Roscetti said, "he could have been downloading a movie or a television show and the file name was misnamed. He could have been downloading a package of pictures of anything for promotional material."

Gehrisch, Jacobs Family, Delaware North to be Honored During Niagara University Convocation

Gehrisch, Jacobs Family, Delaware North to be Honored During Niagara University Convocation

Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management will hold its 11th annual convocation Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the university’s Alumni Chapel. Sponsored by the Maid of the Mist Corporation, the convocation is the college’s showcase event, during which it annually honors national and international leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

This year’s honorees are Michael D. Gehrisch, president and C.E.O. of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), who will receive the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Jacobs family and Delaware North Companies Inc., this year’s recipients of the Hospitality Management Leadership Award.

The ceremony will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the honorees, along with Eddie Friel, an expert-in-residence at Niagara, and Michael Gentile, J.D., an associate professor in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

State Park Police Looking to Identify Body Pulled From River

NIAGARA FALLS, NY--New York State Park Police are investigating a body pulled from the lower Niagara River at the Cave of the Winds Friday.

A Cave of the Winds employee discovered the body floating in the water just off shore.

Officials believe the body to be that of a white male with gray hair, 50-70 years of age, 5'11" about 244lbs.  The victim had a scar on his left jaw and a scar on the left side of his abdomen.  The victim also had his left kidney removed from a previous surgery.

If anyone has any information, you're asked to call New York State Park Police at:  716-278-1777.

Spartans, Tigers Meet at All High Stadium

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Friday night at All-High Stadium the Bennett Tigers host Starpoint in the first round of the playoffs.

Monday afternoon the winds were howling. Certainly both teams hope for better conditions but if its that windy that might favor Bennett. The Tigers have two outstanding running backs that will be a handful for a tough Starpoint defense. Noah Jenkins and Javon Fogan are coming off of games in which they each gained over 200 yards.

Jenkins told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "I have been dreaming of this since I came into high school. Playing at the Ralph, being able to win games. You know going to Syracuse winning States. I think about it every single day." Jenkins isn't getting ahead of himself he knows for that to happen step one is beating a tough determined Starpoint team. "If defense is their strong suit offense is our strong suit so we're just going to have to go head to head, you know how it is."

Seneca Gaming Corporation Opens New On-Site Health Office

Seneca Gaming Corporation Opens New On-Site Health Office

Unique partnership with Niagara Family Medicine Associates and Independent Health provides 3,700 employees no-cost health care