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Corpus Christi Tower Repair in Progress

Corpus Christi Tower Repair in Progress

Photo by Robert Mancuso, WGRZ-2 On Your Side

Congressman Higgins Announces $167,000 for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Congressman Higgins Announces $167,000 for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Federal Funding to support Shoreline Restoration Efforts along Riverbend Project

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the award of $167,000 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.   The grant, provided through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will support Phase II of the Buffalo Riverbend project

“These federal funds will continue our efforts to preserve and enhance the water’s edge,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force.  “Beyond the clear environmental benefits this work will continue the transformation of Buffalo’s old and industrial image to one that is new, exciting and welcoming to the public and innovative economic development.”

Results of Grades 3-8 Math, English Tests Mixed

ALBANY, NY - The State Education Department Monday released the results of the math and English language arts exams taken by all New York students in grades 3-8.

The results of the tests, given in May, are mixed. Despite the fact that most of the students met or exceeded the state's proficiency standards in both subjects, the department says overall performance remains low and gaps in achievement persist.

Data shows the average scale scores on this year's English exams are slightly lower than last year's at all grade levels and those in math are about the same as last year.

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for School-Based Counseling Program

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for School-Based Counseling Program

BUFFALO, N.Y., August 8, 2011 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a grant from Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, for $59,700 to support its In-School Social Work program for several Buffalo grade schools. It is the seventh year Fidelis Care has made possible funds for the counseling program, which supports students and their families in school and the community.

The grant reflects a part of the funds made available through the 2010 Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund, which are distributed across New York State’s eight Roman Catholic Dioceses to non-profit organizations with similar missions and values of service to low-income, vulnerable individuals.

Inspectors Indicted in Kensington Towers Asbestos Probe

BUFFALO, NY - A federal grand jury has indicted two companies and nine people, including past and present city and state inspection officials, in connection with an asbestos removal project at the vacant Kensington Towers housing project.

Three of the nine were serving as government inspectors at the time of the alleged crimes.

2 On Your Side's Dave McKinley says two officials with the City of Buffalo's Inspection Department are accused of falsely signing off that asbestos had been properly removed when, in fact, it had not been. One has since retired, but the other is still employed by the city. Another of those accused was an inspector with the new York State Department of Labor's Asbestos Control Bureau.

"I always want city employees to do the right thing," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told WGRZ-TV. "If they aren't they should suffer the consequences. But I just don't know enough about this incident to comment further," Mayor Brown said.

Judge Issues Decision on Erie County Redistricting

BUFFALO, NY-- Late Thursday afternoon, a federal judge revealed what the new districts will look like for the Erie County Legislature.

The decision, handed down by Judge William M. Skretny, included a new map, drawn by the court, of the new, eleven districts -- reduced from the current number of 15.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to read Judge Skretny's full decision.

The court was forced to draw the map after legislators could not agree on one.

Perhaps most noteworthy is that the court did away with the one, large super-district that included all of the rural towns and villages. Instead, he split them into four districts.

Merriweather Library Will Re-Open Monday at Noon

Merriweather Library Will Re-Open Monday at Noon

A Statement from the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is pleased to announce that the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library Branch, located at 1324 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, will re-open on Monday, August 8th at 12 noon. Refreshments will be provided.

The popular neighborhood library branch has been closed since July 10 after being struck by a car which damaged the building’s exterior stonewall and disabled the ventilation and air conditioning systems.  Because of Buffalo’s extremely high outdoor temperatures coupled with the library’s large glass dome ceiling, the building was deemed too hot to open for public use.