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Buffalo Schools CFO resignation spells trouble for district


BUFFALO, NY - One of the Buffalo Public Schools' top officials is stepping down. Chief Financial Officer Barbara Smith says she will be resigning at the end of the school year.

This news comes at a time when the district is already dealing with several leadership issues.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin spoke with board members who say this development could put them in a difficult situation, especially since Smith is not the only one leaving.

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie has also said he will be departing at the end of the school year and we're hearing that Chief Academic Officer Linda Simmons may be leaving as well. School board member Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold says Simmons will more than likely leave when Ogilvie does.

So that's three top positions that the district will have to soon fill.

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Bisons hold national anthem auditions


BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Bisons held their annual national anthem auditions Saturday morning at Coca-Cola Field.

All singers were asked to perform the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada, a cappella, in front of the home dugout at Coca-Cola Field.

We've posted video of all of the performances here so you can choose the singers you think are best.

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Erie County Votes on 911 Surcharge Funds


BUFFALO, NY - Local lawmakers are getting behind a statewide effort to keep Albany from raiding a fund that's meant to help first responders save lives.

The Erie County Legislature approved a resolution requesting that locally generated E-911 funds be directed towards improving the county's wireless E-911 system. The resolution supports a bill that is now in the state senate that calls for a higher percentage of funds to be shared.

Legislator Ed Rath said, "Right now we're only getting two percent of the money that is due to us and this bill is calling for 50 to 60 percent. of the money to come back to us . If this bill is passed, we'll see $4 million to $5 million dollars a year versus the $200,000 that Albany is sharing right now."

The state has been moving a portion of the public safety surcharge money to the general fund.

Poloncarz delivers State of the County address


BUFFALO, NY - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz made his case for another term Thursday evening during the annual State of the County address, highlighting the development and growth that's happened in the county under his administration.

"When I took office in January 2012 the county's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent and there were 40,600 unemployed residents in Erie County," Poloncarz told a full house in the auditorium of downtown's Central Library. "Following a broad effort, as of the end of 2014, I am proud to say there are 16,500 less people on the unemployment rolls and the rate of unemployment has dropped to 5.5 percent lower than the state and national averages."

Poloncarz also set up his goals for Erie County over the next year, including setting up a volunteer poverty community to fight the issue in our community and a council that would help him address immigrant issues, as well.

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NFTA approves budget; no fare hikes


BUFFALO, NY - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will not be raising fares this year, but the news is not all good.

The transit authority approved a budget on Thursday that doesn't include any fare hikes or service reductions, but a lack of state funding will delay projects like new escalators.

"Obviously, we'd love to be able to rebuild those escalators … we just don't have the funding to do so," said NFTA Executive Director Kimberly Minkel. "We thought it was more important that we keep buses on the road and the rail system operating and bring(ing) people from point A to point B."

The NFTA also announced a new eight-year labor agreement with its police lieutenants and captains union today.


Explore Buffalo unveils April events schedule

Explore Buffalo unveils April events schedule

 

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of spring events. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse
Join Explore Buffalo for a tour of the only boathouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright! Originally designed by Wright in 1905 for the University of Wisconsin, the Boathouse was never built until its construction in 2007 in Buffalo along the shore of the Black Rock Channel. This was one of Wright’s favorite designs, as evidenced by his inclusion of the Boathouse in his now famous Wasmuth Portfolio.

Dog Ears Bookstore to host ‘Bread Time Stories’

Dog Ears Bookstore to host ‘Bread Time Stories’

 

Chet Fery, also known as the Bread Man, is bringing his “Bread Time Stories and More” presentation to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Dog Ears is located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

Fery has conducted hundreds of presentations that center on the power of kindness for audiences of all ages. His presentations include storytelling, making and baking bread, a bread tasting and a sharing of bread literature. Children will learn of the power of kindness and acquire a unique life experience!