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NORTH TONAWANDA – The municipal parking lot behind the Webster Street commercial strip doesn’t look like much.It has blacktop and bright yellow lines, like any other lot in town. But this ocean of pavement two blocks from Tonawanda Creek needed a savior. Meanwhile, Nicholas Kaszynski also had a problem. The 16-year-old wants to become an Eagle Scout, and he needed a se…

Buffalo fire marshals arrested a Riverside man late Friday and accused him of setting the series of fires on Grant Street Thursday morning that injured three firefighters and one police officer.Alister M. Bouvart, 26, was accused of setting 10 West Side fires. He was arrested at his Laird Avenue home by fire marshals and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firea…

Convince the city to move Police Headquarters to the East Side. Then do the same with the Fire Department. Next, persuade the many nonprofits that occupy Buffalo’s grandest mansions along Delaware Avenue to pick up and move east, too. Then sell the old headquarters and the mansions. Those revenues would help the city and the nonprofits, while returning $20 million in rea…

The Buffalo Common Council Tuesday took the first step toward regulating e-cigarette stores within city limits. While people looking to open restaurants and corner stores must go through a rigorous process before City Hall allows them to open, including background checks and neighborhood notification, there is no such process in place for e-cigarette stores. The resolutio…

Buffalo’s Skyway may be marked with a state route number, and state troopers patrol there, but closing the Skyway falls on the city, taking as many as seven city police officers from other duties during bad weather. The Common Council will send a letter to the state Department of Transportation today asking the state to take over all maintenance and costs associated with…

The University at Buffalo’s planned purchase of low-income housing near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus won’t happen, according to UB and Oak-Michigan Housing Development Corp. officials.UB President Satish K. Tripathi called Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen on Thursday to inform him the university would no longer pursue the acquisition of McCarley Gardens…

By Jill Terreri Hiring friends and relatives in government is nothing new, and City Hall is no exception. The payroll is populated with people who are related to each other. Some got there because they took a civil service test, others were hired based on their connections. The tradition continued today, when paperwork in the city clerk's office was filed revealing that…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came to Buffalo today with an upbeat message about the local economy. He noted how unemployment has dropped from the “high 8” percent range to 6.1 percent today and credited his economic development strategy. “It’s working,” Cuomo said. But Census numbers released last week show that for the first time in at least 10 years, more than half of …

Jurors silently watched Friday morning the darkly lit video that captured the inferno where Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center on the night of Feb. 12, 2009. The only recognizable part of the plane in the video was the tail. The video also captured the voices of distressed neighbors, and eventually the approaching sirens of fire trucks. But perhaps the mo…

For University Heights residents, the start of the new school year brings with it a flood of students looking for a good time. The students – sometimes hundreds at a time – travel from the University at Buffalo’s North Campus in Amherst to the streets off Main Street in the city to go to house parties.“It kind of blew my mind when I took a ride down Main Street to …

The high-speed police chase could become a thing of the past in Buffalo if city officials like what they learn about a dartlike GPS tracking device that police officers can shoot onto fleeing vehicles.“It’s James Bond-ish if you ask me,” said Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana.The Common Council is expected today to adopt Fontana’s resolution asking the Poli…

Buffalo’s Kathy Hochul trounced New York City law professor Tim Wu in the unexpectedly hard-fought race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, making the former congresswoman and Erie County clerk Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate in the November election.The Associated Press called the race for Hochul at about 10:25 p.m. With 91 percent of precincts reporting at about 11:…

Republican State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti will again face Kevin T. Stocker in a Republican primary Tuesday in parts of the city and suburbs along Lake Erie.Grisanti, 49, is seeking his third term and faces the challenge of appealing to Republican primary voters while keeping his eye on the general election in a district where the number of enrolled Democrats is higher than an…

The splash pad in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, open for just two summers, requires repairs that could cost as much as $275,050. Low-water pressure in some of the 300 fountains alerted city workers that a pipe had cracked or come loose. “There’s one panel that will be sawed and removed just to see what let loose,” said Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak. “…

At the Labor Day parade in South Buffalo on Monday, marching bands, baton twirlers and Irish dancers put on a good show, and the children who lined Abbott Road were kept occupied, scrambling for candy thrown from slow-moving vehicles.But under a hot sun, the much more serious issues of workers’ rights, wage disparities and corporate responsibility loomed large, as member…