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Who will fill the Ferry District seat?

With just a few days left for Buffalo school officials to file plans for the low-achieving schools, and with budget issues looming for the next few weeks, another issue has been getting eclipsed: the imminent vacancy on the Board of Education.

Cahill Pamela Cahill announced in April that she would resign her Ferry District seat, effective at the end of May.

Interested in filling it?

To be eligible, you have to be a U.S. citizen who has never been convicted of a felony; a qualified voter in the city; a resident of Buffalo for the past three years; and a Ferry District resident for the past year.

Not sure whether you live in the Ferry District?

Check the map posted on the Board of Elections website.

If you decide to throw your hat into the ring, send an e-mail or a letter of notification with attached biography, resume or vita to James Kane, Buffalo Public Schools, 801 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202; or

Make sure you get it in by the deadline, noon on Friday, May 13.

The board plans to interview applicants the following week.

- Mary Pasciak

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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