No limits Poker Tournament to be held in Niagara for Diabetes Research

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A poker tournament on January 9 will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western New York. “Team In For a Penny” will host the event at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Town of Niagara Community Center, Lockport Road, Town of Niagara. The event is being hosted by the JDRF fundraising team that’s named for Niagara Falls resident Penny Lane, a juvenile diabetes patient. The event will be a no-limit hold ’em tournament, with half the winnings being split among the winners and JDRF getting the other half. Blinds will double on a regular basis until a winner is crowned. Pizza will be provided for free; alcohol will be sold. For more information, e-mail or look up “In For a Penny” on Facebook.
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LOCKPORT—Niagara County Clerk-elect Joseph A. Jastrzemski will be sworn into office Saturday at an http://southbuffalonews.com a.m. ceremony at the Niagara County Courthouse.

The ceremony marks the beginning of Jastrzemski’s tenure as he takes over from outgoing Clerk Wayne F. Jagow, who has held the office for two decades.

The inaugural ceremony will be open to the public. A reception will follow immediately in the Courthouse rotunda.

WHO:  Niagara County Clerk-elect Joseph A. Jastrzemski, assorted county and state dignitaries. read more

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Niagara County Manager Glatz Announces Resignation

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Urges Legislature to Review Department Leadership

LOCKPORT—Niagara County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz submitted his resignation today, effective the last day of March 20http://southbuffalonews.com6, preparing for a departure from the post he has held for five years.

In a letter that thanked county lawmakers for the trust they had placed in him, Glatz announced that he had decided to “step away from the rigors of serving as the chief administrator for a public corporation with a significant annual budget and a large workforce” to free up time to focus on other aspects of his life. read more

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Joseph A. Jastrzemski of Wilson takes his oath as Niagara County Clerk this morning in Lockport, as his wife, Kathy, looks on, holding the family Bible. The oath was administered by former Wilson Town Clerk Wanda Burrows, who served alongside Jastrzemski during his decade as Wilson town supervisor. Jastrzemski succeeds former Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow, who retired after more than two decades in office.

LOCKPORT—Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski was sworn into office today in a ceremony at the Niagara County Courthouse, vowing to “make everyone proud” of the quality of services that will be provided by his office.

The inaugural ceremony also brings the official close to the two decades of leadership in the post by former County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow, whose successes in office were lauded by both Jastrzemski and Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda. read more

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Goat Island becoming one big Parking lot 

August 16, 2017 James Hufnagel 0
Goat Island becoming one big Parking lot             Local politicians fiddle as City further deteriorates  

While 20http://southbuffalonews.com5 was a tough year for the newspaper business, the Niagara Falls Reporter came through with flying colors. read more

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Is Poverty Industry Part of a True Growth Plan

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While city hall top salaries have risen more than 35 per cent and casino cash was abused and the Dyster administration has ridden roughshod over residents and wasted taxpayer dollars a Poverty Development Plan has gone ahead full speed under the guise of economic development.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has produced and cited any number of “plans” for the city either in whole or by city district. Historic and business and entertainment district etc. We do not recall him ever citing a “social and addictive services business development plan” or related zoning regulations. Yet he salts these facilities throughout the city…where is the plan or the planning regulations? Does anyone believe these social service businesses are complimentary to parallel development such as retail, hotels, tourism…not to mention home ownership and quality of life? read more

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Matchup Between Ceretto, Morinello Could Be the Marquee Race

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Here Comes the Judge: Former City Court Judge Angelo Morinello will run for New York State Assembly
Here Comes the Judge: Former City Court Judge Angelo Morinello will run for New York State Assembly

When state lawmakers convened in Albany on Wednesday to kick off the new legislative session, watchdog groups were holding a press conference calling on the governor and legislators to sign a “Clean Conscience Pledge” in the wake of the corruption convictions of the former Assembly speaker and the Senate majority leader.

The scandal-stained legislature knows it must do something to regain the public’s trust, but what form that will take is still to be decided and ethics reform is expected to be a major part of the governor’s State of the State message next Wednesday (Jan. http://southbuffalonews.com3) to lawmakers anxious to put the latest scandal behind them. read more

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Only in North Tonawanda: Is NT surreptitiously violating Open Meetings Law?

August 16, 2017 Sweeney Payne 1

Reviewing 20http://southbuffalonews.com2-20http://southbuffalonews.com5 Common Council minutes posted on NT’s website indicates most meetings lasted less than 30 minutes, some less than http://southbuffalonews.com0, only a few lasting 60.

In http://southbuffalonews.com2/ minutes, Jean Kroetsch requested more information be included on agendas so she could understand  budget transfers.  Do Council members, Mayor, or City Clerk-Treasurer know Jean Kroetsch’s her role in NT’s past financial administrations? Officials provide information veiling details because most residents don’t have the time or patience to drag the details out of them. When Kroetsch asks on our behalf, she should be treated with the respect she is due and answered properly. read more

Passage of “Amanda Lynn’s Law” comforts grieving family here

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The original copy of Amanda Lynn's Law, along with the pen used by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign it, now hangs proudly in the home of Amanda's mother Leslie Brill Meserole, who fought for six years to get the legislation passed.
The original copy of Amanda Lynn’s Law, along with the pen used by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign it, now hangs proudly in the home of Amanda’s mother Leslie Brill Meserole, who fought for six years to get the legislation passed.

By Mike Hudson

For Leslie Brill Meserole, even the small victories are huge.

“I couldn’t be happier,” she said on hearing the news that Amanda Lynn’s Law — which strengthens penalties against those who seek to unlawfully conceal or dispose of a body – had been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “No one deserves to be put through the ordeal our family has endured for the past six years.”

The measure is named after Brill Meserole’s daughter, Amanda Lynn Wienckowski, a beautiful 20-year-old Niagara Falls native who was brutally murdered in Buffalo in 2009. read more

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Only in North Tonawanda: Tale of two ends of Northeast Ave.

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Oliver Street actually doesn’t look bad if it weren’t for trash, litter and too conspicuous and generally always overflowing garbage totes at some rental properties.

The few facades between Schenck and Wheatfield that got attention with the grant program do look “nice” on the outside.

Oliver still looks like the Oliver of old.  It just doesn’t have small business owners residing in their buildings with their families. That is what made it what most of us remember it as. read more

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Mcnall Named Supreme Court Law Library Trustee

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LOCKPORT—Wm. Keith McNall, who became chairman of the Niagara County Legislature in January, added a new title today: law library trustee.

The news of McNall’s appointment came in a letter from the chief administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, naming the long-time public fixture to the board overseeing Niagara County’s Supreme Court Law Library.

Under state law, each county maintains a public law library, allowing citizens access to information on the laws of New York state. McNall served http://southbuffalonews.com8 years on the Lockport City School District’s Board of Education before becoming a county legislator nearly a decade ago. read more