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Buffalo Tracks -- Dec. 9

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on many corners of the Internet.

People who used to live in the Buffalo area, as well as others who still call this place home, have a habit of making news elsewhere.

On an occasional basis, Buffalo News Live will highlight these Buffalonians, whether they're gone or they're still here. Here's the latest edition of Buffalo Tracks:


A Niagara Falls native runs a consulting and IT firm in Florida which is part of a trend of private military contractors whose companies are growing quickly in that state, according to Florida Trend Magazine. Gregory Celestan founded Celestar in 2001.


(This one came by way of a reader tip.) A Town of Tonawanda native has taken over as executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, where he has been working since 1980. Gary Jastrzab recently did a Q&A with, a news organization that's part of the University of Pennsylvania.


A Buffalo native has been elected to the City Council in Cathedral City, Calif. Sam Toles told the The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) the economy will be his main focus in office.


A Lewiston native is a performer with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Kristin Haight, who moved from Niagara County as a 6-year-old, says some of her success comes from her athleticism.


A Buffalo native and former Congressman remains the head of the Lee County (Fla.) Republican Committee. Gary Lee has earned a fourth term in that role, according to the Fort Meyers News-Press.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at

--Aaron Besecker


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