Former council chairman seeks County Legislature seat
Former Niagara Falls City Council Chairman John G. Accardo, who has run unsuccessfully for mayor and for the State Assembly, is seeking a seat in the Niagara County Legislature.
Accardo is the Republican candidate in the 5th District, which includes eastern and northern Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara. The incumbent, Democrat Jason A. Zona, is not running; the Democrats have endorsed former City Council member Chris Robins.
“We cannot allow the same financial distrust that has plagued Niagara Falls city government to spread to the county,” said Accardo, an insurance broker for 31 years, who said he’s running as a fiscal conservative.
Collection agency adding 150 workers, moving from Elma
An Ohio-based collections agency that employs 56 people in Elma is planning to move to larger offices in Amherst to accommodate 150 new workers it is hiring.
Reliant Capital Solutions is moving into 23,000 square feet of office space in National Fuel Gas Co.’s corporate headquarters at 6363 Main St., at Spindrift Drive. It will take the space occupied by Tops Markets before the grocer moved to a new facility in 2017.
Reliant, headquartered in Columbus, opened its office at 2711 Transit Road in 2015. The company handles accounts in government, higher education, automotive, health care, retail and other industries.
The company expects to complete the move in May and to finish hiring the new workers by the end of 2019. Reliant, which was founded in 2007, currently has more than 300 total employees companywide.
Falls man pleads guilty to cocaine, weapons charges
A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Milton Williams Jr., 35, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced July 24 before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, on Dec. 12, 2017, law enforcement officers raided Williams’ Pierce Avenue residence, where they recovered three loaded firearms and additional assorted rounds of ammunition. Also seized were marijuana and a large quantity of cocaine, prosecutors said.
Amherst man gets 25 years to life for slaying in Buffalo home
Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case sentenced an Amherst man to 25 years to life in prison for killing his roommate’s boyfriend.
A jury deliberated about one hour before finding Dydisci Martin guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting 48-year-old Leon “Bruno” Nelson Jr. and hiding his body in the basement of the home on May Street in Buffalo on July 28, 2017.
“This was a senseless crime and I hope the family of Mr. Nelson feels that justice was served today,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said in a news release.
Martin had moved into the apartment in January 2017, subletting a room from a woman who was Nelson’s girlfriend. Nelson’s body was found July 31 in the basement of the May Street property. He had been shot in the head.