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Michael Mroziak

It's been a little more than a month since Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany assumed the additional role of apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Buffalo. As he enters his second month as the interim caretaker of the diocese, Scharfenberger is speaking about the work to sort through a painful and extensive clergy sex abuse crisis, admitting that Chapter 11 bankruptcy appears likely.


Veterans in New York State who received less-than-honorable discharges that can be linked to their sexual orientation may have state veteran benefits restored, under legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


"Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Buffalo and has appointed Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, as the Apostolic Administrator of Buffalo to serve until the installation of a new bishop," announced the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops early Wednesday morning.


While the first burials in a new Western New York veterans' cemetery may begin by the end of 2020, the next phase of the project is now rescheduled to start 2022, and some elements of the cemetery will not be finished for several more years. Veterans were among those airing their thoughts - and discontent - at a Wednesday afternoon public hearing in Corfu.

The Vatican announced Thursday that a Brooklyn bishop will lead its Apostolic Visitation for the Diocese of Buffalo "in the near future." Bishop Richard Malone, who has been under intense scrutiny for how he has led the diocese through a sex abuse crisis and pending litigation related to it, says he welcomes the investigation.

This weekend, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will welcome back many to the installation who, 50 years prior, were welcomed back after serving in Vietnam.


Western New York native and Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia is enjoying a break from frequent touring this summer to promote life in the military. But that doesn't necessarily mean he has spent any precious free time thinking about a run for Congress, something many are hoping he'll consider.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a key figure in several major cases and landmark decisions. But on Monday, she made local history by becoming the first member of the nation's highest court to receive an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo. Her appearance and remarks were just the first of two scheduled stops.


David Bellavia, who last month became the first living Iraq War veteran to be presented with the Medal of Honor, was honored Tuesday in Batavia. He spoke of the importance of the nation's military and of the America he has observed while on an outreach tour for the U.S. Army.


Orleans County native David Bellavia was presented with the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony Tuesday.

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