Articles by: Tony Farina

   DiPizio Construction Co. Wins Major Appellate Court Ruling on Canalside Suit

   DiPizio Construction Co. Wins Major Appellate Court Ruling on Canalside Suit

Erie County, News December 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  The local construction company suing the state over its termination as the Canalside contractor in July of 2013 has won a major victory in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. In a unanimous ruling handed down last week, the court reinstated DiPizio Construction’s claim that the president ofRead More

Bills Season Pretty Much Over

Uncategorized December 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

The Buffalo Bills are the “ONLY” team in the NFL that hasn’t made the playoffs in the 21st Century, and they are on solid ground to make it 16 straight years not reaching the postseason after their ugly, penalty filled performance in Sunday’s 23 – 20 loss to the PhiladelphiaRead More

Cohen to Represent Mascia at Hearing

Erie County December 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Joe Mascia, the elected tenant commissioner at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority who was suspended by Mayor Byron Brown for racist remarks that were taped without his knowledge, will have a chance to make his case for reinstatement in front of a hearing officer Friday (Dec.18) at 9:30 a.m. inRead More

Black ECC Executive Files Discrimination Complaint Against School

Erie County December 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

With the first state audit of Erie Community College in 20 years due to be released shortly at a time when the institution is facing serious financial challenges, new legal concerns are emerging for President Jack Quinn and his administration in the form of a discrimination complaint filed with theRead More

New Bid Launched to Track State’s Costs to Defend Canalside Suit

Uncategorized December 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

In an effort to keep track of the mounting legal fees taxpayers are paying to Buffalo’s second biggest law firm to defend a wrongful termination suit filed against the state by the Dipizio Construction Co. in the replica canal project, we have filed another Freedom of Information (FOIL) request withRead More

ECC President Jack Quinn
...under fire in state audit

Scathing State Audit Hits ECC’s Lax Control Environment

Uncategorized January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

  The long-awaited state audit of Erie Community College (ECC) has now been released and it confirms much of what we have reported over the last several months about the management problems at the college that many have suggested have contributed to the institution’s current financial crisis that has resultedRead More

Judge Kevin Dillon

Wake For Former Judge Offers Warm Memories For Veteran Reporter

Uncategorized January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

As I was moving slowly through the very long line at the wake for Kevin Dillon on Sunday at the Cannan Funeral Home, a gentleman who at one point was across from me held out his hand as if holding a microphone, and smiled at me as if to sayRead More

DA Candidate John Flynn                        ...celebrates Irish roots

Flaherty, Flynn Set To Square Off In Democratic Primary For DA

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A spirited Democratic primary fight for the office of Erie County district attorney is now taking shape although it won’t be acting DA Mike Flaherty against headquarters’ favorite Tim Franczyk who shocked political observers last month when he announced he wouldn’t leave the County Court bench to run for DA,Read More

State Development Agencies Secretive on Spending

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

I’ve written articles for several publications in recent months and years about the lack of transparency employed by state development agencies that spend millions and millions of taxpayer dollars on various projects and big salaries but rarely respond to questions about their spending and fight Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)Read More

Joe Mascia

Cohen Says Mascia’s Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Actions speak louder than words,” said civil rights attorney Steve Cohen when asked this week about his defense of Joe Mascia, the tenant-elected commissioner on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority who was suspended Aug. http://southbuffalonews.com9 by Mayor Byron Brown shortly after the release of a tape recording where Mascia canRead More

Bills in Shambles, Face Another Early Exit

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

I’m having trouble trying to figure out how to say the Bills are a hopeless franchise without sounding like a broken record.  But unfortunately, the truth is the truth, and Sunday’s 35-25 loss to the Redskins says it all.  This franchise is the worst in sports. I never bought inRead More

   Bills Could Play Spoiler, But Season Still a Disaster

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  The Bills are not a playoff team at 7 and 8, and despite all the hype you will hear this week about Rex Ryan having a shot to derail his former team’s playoff run next Sunday at the Ralph, it won’t change the fact that Ryan’s Buffalo express hasRead More

‘Acting’ DA Hits the Ground Running At Full Speed

‘Acting’ DA Hits the Ground Running At Full Speed

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty has hit the ground running, and it is clear that he would like to take “acting” out of his title and win a full term on his own in November. Flaherty signaled in his first week in office that he is a seriousRead More

State Set to Release ECC Audit

State Set to Release ECC Audit

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The long-awaited state comptroller’s audit of financially troubled Erie Community College (ECC) is expected to be released very shortly, possibly as early as Friday (Jan. 8) but more likely early next week. We reported Dec. http://southbuffalonews.com0 that the exit conference between state auditors and ECC officials had been held inRead More

Setting the Record Straight On Parlato Indictment

Setting the Record Straight On Parlato Indictment

Niagara Falls November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

   Recently, a local newspaper in Niagara Falls published a year-end story that highlighted the federal indictment of businessman and newspaper publisher Frank Parlato, Jr., basically rewriting the indictment without any response from Mr. Parlato.  I feel it is necessary to respond to that story and to the public inRead More

Matchup Between Ceretto, Morinello Could Be the Marquee Race

Matchup Between Ceretto, Morinello Could Be the Marquee Race

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  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 SenateRead More

Confidential Report Downgrades Quinn’s Effectiveness

Confidential Report Downgrades Quinn’s Effectiveness

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

As we have reported for some time, many at Erie Community College have questioned the commitment and leadership of President Jack Quinn who earns $http://southbuffalonews.com92,500 to run the school but has several outside assignments not related to college business that often take him away from the college and leave theRead More

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