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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Niagara County lawmakers praise re-convening of state legislature

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Randy Bradt
LOCKPORT -- Niagara County lawmakers are celebrating news that the New York State Legislature has been called back into session to take up an omnibus bill that includes the renewal of 53 counties' sales tax extenders, which provide additional revenue critical to funding the local share of Medicaid.

The special session in Albany follows a last-minute resolution passed by the Niagara County Legislature last week that called on the state Assembly to reconvene after it had left town without acting on the sales tax extension.

Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, who authored the county resolution, which passed with bi-partisan backing, offered the following statement after the Assembly passed the omnibus bill in the early morning hours:

"This is welcome news, and a relief to our property taxpayers. The $31.5 million generated by the sales tax extender ensures that Niagara County's property owners aren't alone in financing the local share of Medicaid. It will add that this action by the State Legislature is timely, as our county departments are well into planning their 2018 budgets, and the disruption caused by uncertainty over 2018 revenues could have hampered our ability to responsibly plan a budget. This deal resolves that uncertainty.

"I wish to thank all 14 of my colleagues in the County Legislature. This measure was bi-partisan, and given our unusual time constraints, I'm grateful that both parties in our County Legislature were able to rally around this measure to pass it when it was needed. I'm also grateful to our state delegation for their leadership to break the impasse in Albany. I spent many hours the past week on the phone with Sen. Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, and Assemblyman Mike Norris, and I know they kept the pressure on in their respective houses in the Legislature to bring about a solution that protects homeowners in Niagara County and 52 other counties. This is a victory for our taxpayers and for good government."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bisons bounce back against Rochester, 3-0

All WNY News     Wednesday, June 28, 2017    

Mike Bolsinger helped end Buffalo's losing streak going eight innings and striking out seven as the Bisons beat Rochester 3-0 Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field.

Bolsinger was phenomenal on the mound for the Herd. In his longest outing of the season, he pitched eight scoreless innings striking out seven. Bolsinger did not walk a single Red Wings batter and only allowed four hits. He improved to 3-2 with the win

"Ever since I came back down I've been feeling well. I think I figured it out, I'm going to roll with this," said Bolsinger.

Through four scoreless frames, the Bisons ended the drought in the fifth. Raffy Lopez stepped into the box and led the inning off with a double to right field. Gregorio Petit moved the runner into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Shane Opitz doubled to left field and J.B. Shuck made a throwing error into second base allowing Lopez to score on the play. Roemon Fields walked, and then Jon Berti picked up his third RBI of the season with a single up the middle to give the Bisons a 2-0 advantage.

Buffalo kept their offense rolling in the seventh. A free pass issued to Raffy Lopez and a pair of singles from Petit and Opitz loaded the bases for the Herd. Fields came through with a sacrifice fly to left scoring the Bisons third run of the game.

Bisons Notes: Shane Opitz was 2-3 with a run scored… Gregorio Petit was 2-2… Raffy Lopez was 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Sheryl Lynn Mark -- June 22, 2017

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Memoral Service, date and time to be announced.

Odessa McGriff -- June 26, 2017

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Wake, Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY on Monday, July 3rd from 10-11 am. Funeral to follow at 11 am. Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Edward Robinson Jr. -- June 26, 2017

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Wale. Wednesday, July 5th from 10-11 am, funeral to follow at 11 am - Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Lillian J. Dandridge -- June 25, 2017

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DANDRIDGE - Lillian J. (nee Daniels) Of Buffalo, entered into rest June 25, 2017. Relatives and friends may visit Walls Memorial AME Zion Church, 455 Glenwood Ave., Buffalo, on Friday from 11 AM-12 noon, where the Funeral Service will immediately follow. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Philip Passafiume Jr. -- June 28, 2017

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Visitation, Lombardo Funeral Home, 899 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY on Friday, June 30th from 4-8 pm. Mass, St. Paul's RC Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Blvd, on Saturday at 9:30 am. Please assemble at church.

Robert Schubring -- June 27, 2017

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No prior visitation, private service.

Wendy Lou Bus -- June 26, 2017

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BUS - Wendy Lou (nee Myers) Of Colden, entered into rest suddenly June 26, 2017, beloved wife of Mark J. Bus; devoted mother of Auston J. Bus and Sophia M. Bus; loving daughter of James and Margaret (nee Swanson) Myers; dear sister of Jessica (William) Oakley, Michele (Christian) Kolupski, Eric (Recia) Myers and Vanessa (Caleb) Brocious; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends may visit Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, on Monday, July 3 from 5-7 PM. A Memorial Service will immediately follow.

Arleen B. Mecca -- June 27, 2017

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MECCA - Arleen B. (nee Tombari) Of Buffalo, entered into rest June 27, 2017; beloved wife of the late Richard J. Mecca; devoted mother of Robert (Susan) Mecca; cherished grandmother of Robert (Jenny), Dina (Todd) and Justin (Stacy); dear great-grandmother of Ariel, Ava, Brady, Noah and Sophia; loving daughter of the late Arthur and Fontina Tombari.

Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Thursday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels Church, 348 Porter Ave., Buffalo on Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock. (Please assemble at church.) Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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Former Griff Andrew Romano earns Porter Cup berth

All WNY News     Wednesday, June 28, 2017    

Former Canisius golfer Andrew Romano earned a berth into the 2017 Porter Cup after he fired a one-under par score of 69 to tie for medalist honors at the annual Porter Cup qualifying event. The 2017 Porter Cup qualifier wrapped up Tuesday morning at Niagara Falls Country Club after Monday's action was halted due to rain.

Romano will join with current Canisius golfer David Hanes in the field at the 59th annual Porter Cup, which is set to run from July 19-22 at Niagara Falls Country Club. Romano, who was ranked third in last year's Buffalo District Golf Association rankings, tied for the top spot with Nicholas Rencis from Rochester. Hanes, a native of Elma, N.Y., earned his spot in this year's Porter Cup field after he scored medalist honors at the 2016 Little Three Championship last September.

The Porter Cup, considered as one of the top amateur golf tournaments in the world, boasts an amazing list of former players, including Ben Crenshaw, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods.

4 from WNY named to USciences spring 2017 Dean's List

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The following local residents have been named to the spring 2017 Dean's List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the spring of 2017.

  • Samuel Fowler of Orchard Park, a doctor of pharmacy student.
  • Nicole Rivera of Pittsford, a doctor of physical therapy student.
  • Shreya Patel of Pittsford, a biomedical science student.
  • Shivali Patel of Webster, a doctor of pharmacy student.

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years. Key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelor's through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields. Discover how USciences students are proven everywhere they go at

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