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State Sen. Chris Jacobs will hold community office hours in in eight municipalities as part of his “Senator on Your Street” program. Staff will be available to help constituents from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following days: Dec. 6 – Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., Hamburg Dec. 13  – Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road, Evans Dec. 13 – Tonawanda City …

Health and Fitness

Two lawmakers from Erie County want the State Legislature to do something it has never done since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office in 2011: override one of his vetoes. And it looks like it will be a heavy lift to override the Wednesday night veto of legislation that would have prevented the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center from moving from a sprawling rura…

Local News

ALBANY – Sen. Patrick Gallivan and Assemblyman Michael Kearns say they will ask their colleagues to override Gov. Andrew Cuomo's veto of a bill that would have kept the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center operating in West Seneca. Cuomo late Wednesday vetoed the legislation and said the state will proceed with opening a replacement facility in Buffalo. In …

Local News

Hamburg's quest for a $30 million sports complex seems to have limped to a quiet ending, with the town and a developer acknowledging their public private partnership was short-lived. But there could still be a new ice rink in the town's future. While the town has not heard from the Kaleta group and the HITS Foundation since April on its own proposal to build twin ice…

Local News

The bill to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca has been sent to the governor. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not taken any action on the bill, his spokesman said Tuesday. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, and Assemblyman Michael Kearns, D-Buffalo, would prevent the state from moving ahead with plans to move …

Hamburg

If you miss the grand opening of Santa's Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Hamburg Village Square Plaza, you can catch St. Nick arriving in Hamburg by steam locomotive at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Official Hamburgh Holidays activities Friday night also include face painting, cookie decorating, trolley rides, carolers and the lighting of the star on the water tower at 7 p.m. …

Hamburg Town Board members approved a six-month moratorium on cell towers and micro-cells, after the town saw an increase in discussions and inquiries about them. "The impetus behind this is the micro-cells," Supervisor Steven Walters said. The town's telecommunications law does not address the smaller micro cell towers, which can be as small as a lamp post or a flag…

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board members Monday night terminated a contract with the Toronto firm that was planning to build a $30 million public-private sports facility in the town. Town Board members had little to say Monday after voting unanimously to end the contract. "The owner of Sportstar Capital did send a letter previously to the town expressing that he felt the agreement…

Hamburg

Hamburgh Holidays kicks off with the annual Santa Claus parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 down Main and Buffalo streets in Hamburg and culminating with Rock the Roundabout New Year's Eve. Hamburgh Holidays is a series of holiday-themed events and the name of the volunteer community organization that oversees the events. A free children's holiday matinee will be played at 11 …

Hamburg will be able to pave 10 lane miles of roads next year under the $47.53 million budget approved by the Town Board. The tax levy is up 3.1 percent, and the general and highway fund tax rates are slightly higher than under Supervisor Steven Walters' tentative budget because the board added about $200,000 in spending on roads and highway equipment. Walters voted…

Local News

West Seneca Central School District's teachers and support staff have new contracts eight months before their old agreements were to expire. Raises in both two-year contracts vary, but they average to about 2 percent a year, said Interim Superintendent Matthew Bystrak. A starting teacher without a master's degree will make $43,315 next year and $43,748 the following …

Local News

Pay for three of 10 supervisors in Erie County's largest towns will be going up next year. The base for Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick J. Keem will increase from $70,761 to $79,735. Keem also receives a $6,000 stipend for being budget officer. The raise will make him the third highest-paid supervisor in Erie County, while the town ranks eighth in population. Grand I…

Education

June 12, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2017 Margaret A. Ryan wore high heels every day of her 32-year career as a teacher, principal and acting superintendent at Alden Central Schools. And when she was principal at Alden Primary School, when everyone in the school brought in 100 items to mark the 100th day of school, she brought 100 pairs of her shoes. "She loved high heels," s…

Hamburg

Frontier Central School Board members are interviewing candidates for superintendent and hope to have someone on board early next year. The board started the search process in August with the appointment of Lynn Fusco,  Erie 1 BOCES superintendent,  to lead the search. The district received 19 completed packets from candidates, and the board went through them to deci…