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Rudnick Talks About His Tenure at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, will retire in June 2013.

The news of Rudnick's retirement was announced in an email sent out by board chairman, Tim Loftis.

WEB EXTRA: See Maryalice Demler's interview with Rudnick in our video player above and in the video boxes to the left 

Rudnick has been with the Partnership as the chief executive officer of the organization since it was formed in 1993.  He served as chief executive officer of one of the Partnership's predecessor organizations - the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation - from 1986 to 1993.  Rudnick came to Buffalo from Houston, Texas, where he was chief operating officer of the Houston Economic Development Council.

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New Code of Conduct for Buffalo Schools

BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Public School District is in the process of revising its code of conduct for the 2013-2014 school year.

The district wants to move from a a punitive system of discipline that utilizes suspension, to one that is based on intervention.

Citizen Action of New York hosted a meeting of the minds Tuesday night to make suggestion to next year's code of conduct, which has been in the works for two years.

Parents tell us many of the suspensions are for minor infractions and they want schools to be a place to teach children, not to punish them by pushing kids out of school.

One parent said that in order for the new code of conduct to be effective, parents, students and educators need to be involved.
Two years ago, one in five students were suspended in Buffalo.
That's compared to the state average which was one in 20 students.

Local Leaders Sound "Call to Action" In Wake Of CASA Cuts

BUFFALO, N.Y.- On Friday afternoon,  the country was still trying to come to grips with the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. The national conversation revolved around child advocacy and mental health.

That is why the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Erie County says it is such a strange coincidence that on that very day is when he received word that the State was cutting funding to CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Kenneth Houseknecht says the program is a network of volunteers who provide advocacy and constant contact for at-risk, neglected and abused children and teens who are caught up in the foster system.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE MISSION

BUFFALO N.Y.- The Buffalo City Mission held their annual Christmas Community Meal on Tuesday. Staff and volunteers served over 250 mid-day meals to those looking for something warm to eat.

For the third straight year employees of Anthony Baldi and Associates help serve meals and shared a gift of warm socks or gloves to those in need.

Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke spoke to some of those who help with the meal.

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Buffalo State Community to Join in Honoring Newtown Victims Friday

Buffalo State Community to Join in Honoring Newtown Victims Friday

The Buffalo State campus community will observe a moment of silence on Friday, December 21, to honor the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy. The vigil will mirror remembrance ceremonies to be held in Connecticut on Friday morning where Gov. Dannel Malloy has called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., exactly one week after the shootings began.

The Western New York community is invited to join Buffalo State faculty, staff, students, alumni, current teacher education candidates, student teaching supervisors, and others for a brief ceremony on Friday at 9:00 a.m. in front of Rockwell Hall. After the ceremony and moment of silence, the Rockwell Hall clock tower will sound 26 times to honor the victims. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Rockwell Hall lobby.

Former NYS Trooper Pleads Guilty to Promoting Prostitution

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former New York state trooper has pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution.

The Erie County District Attorney's office in Buffalo says Titus Z.Taggart, 42, faces up to a year in jail after pleading guilty in county court Monday.

Taggart was fired earlier this year amid allegations that he organized parties while off duty that involved prostitutes. One of the parties was held in November 2011 at the New Brotherhood Motorcycle Club.

Taggart had been a state trooper in Buffalo for 18 years before being fired in June.

He's scheduled to be sentenced March 27.

DBK Beauty Bar Dec 31 at Walden Galleria

DBK Beauty Bar Dec 31 at Walden Galleria

New Years Eve is the biggest nights of the year so bring it in looking super fab with the Dream Believe Know it foundation as they host a beauty bar fundraiser Dec 31 2-5pm at The Walden Galleria Mall in Buffalo NY. The Beauty bar will provide hair & makeup services with all the proceeds going to the DBK.org so bring in the new year supporting a great cause and looking fab. Hair & makeup By Celebrity Stylist Steve P Daniels, BeautybyYaz, Micheal Bugatti. For More info getthebuzz716@gmail.com 

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