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Kathy Hochul said Monday that a published report questioning whether she will stay on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ticket “reached new heights of absurdity.”But Hochul also said a perception that she may need a boost at the polls would work in her favor.Hochul is facing a challenge in next Tuesday’s primary election from Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor, in he…

Sam Hoyt has apologized for saying state officials “brainwashed” potential opponents of planned Niagara Thruway connections to the Peace Bridge plaza. Hoyt used the term “brainwashed” during a Peace Bridge Authority board meeting April 25.Hoyt wrote letters to Buffalo Common Council members Aug. 14 apologizing “on behalf of myself and others” for statements mad…

The transformation of a South Buffalo brownfield into a hub for clean energy manufacturing began when the city took a risk to purchase the land six years ago. Mayor Byron W. Brown is hoping a similar transition will happen at a large site on the East Side. An 11-acre former industrial property on East Delavan Avenue near Fillmore Avenue that has been underused and an eyeso…

Two city inspectors were supposed to be the last line of defense to make sure cancer-causing asbestos material did not escape from the demolition of a long-vacant public housing project. But they failed, and acknowledged that they were negligent. For their inaction, they were sentenced to a year of probation Thursday in federal court. William Manuszewski, 60, and Donald G…

When a top state engineer briefed Peace Bridge officials about planned Niagara Thruway connections to the bridge plaza, she talked about how project opponents in and out of City Hall were kept in the dark on some issues.Consider what Maria C. Lehman said in April about making Fourth Street one-way:“We were very quiet about it, and didn’t make a lot of noise, and made …

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has spoken to some of the bidders interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills, NFL officials and County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz about a new stadium in Buffalo, he said Friday. “I want to do everything we need to do to keep the Bills, but I don’t want to put the cart before the horse either,” Cuomo said. “If we need a new stadium to keep the…

Construction and Growth

NIAGARA FALLS – A $150 million redevelopment of one of Niagara Falls’ most famous “white elephants” was announced Friday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as part of the Buffalo Billion initiative.A public-private partnership between the state and Uniland Development Co. is expected to transform the former Rainbow Centre mall into a year-round destination for tourists. The p…

Buffalo Common Council leaders reacted angrily Thursday to the disclosure that state planners of a Peace Bridge plaza project said they had received the approval from friendly city lawmakers while skirting the scrutiny of more critical Council members.“I’m really angry,” said Council President Darius G. Pridgen. “What infuriates me is that whoever mentioned me in t…

The Buffalo Common Council very quietly voted to ban signs in Olmsted parks, while the organization that runs the parks intends to raise needed funds by putting banners outside the parks.The Council voted in a special session last week to repeal a section of city law that allowed the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to add banners in Martin Luther King Jr. and Riverside parks, bu…

When HarborCenter planners formed their budget, they planned on paying about a half-million dollars in building permit fees to Buffalo.The bill came closer to $37,500.That amount doesn’t cover the costs of two inspectors who show up on site every day, looking over the construction work of the $172.2 million complex.Other city workers, too, perform duties related to the p…

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A boutique hotel on a high-profile corner in downtown Buffalo and a Louie’s Texas Hots in Elmwood Village won approval Tuesday from the city’s Planning Board. Mark Croce’s plan for the Curtiss Building at 204-216 Franklin St. calls for a 67-unit hotel with a restaurant, rotating bar, spa and parking.The white 57,500-square-foot building at the corner of Huron Street …

Lyft will suspend its ridesharing service in Buffalo and Rochester by Aug. 1 under an agreement reached with state regulators. The agreement requires the ridesharing service to come into compliance with all state laws and regulations before it can start again. The agreement, however, allows Lyft to launch its service in New York City with commercially licensed drivers and …

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The Buffalo History Museum will soon have brighter lights in its auditorium, its first public address system and surveillance cameras. A nearly $1 million investment by city taxpayers in the city-owned property was announced Thursday. “I will be so happy not to tell people the lights are actually on in the auditorium,” said Melissa Brown, executive director. “Our lig…

The new splash pad at Martin Luther King Park is not open long enough, Samuel A. Herbert said Thursday.Herbert, chairman of the Coalition to Save Martin Luther King Park, had a news conference on the steps of City Hall calling for all of the jets in the splash pad to be turned on, as well as a lighting feature in the middle of the basin. “People have failed to see the tr…

City residents would be invited to give more input into how the city spends taxpayer funds under a proposal unanimously adopted by the Common Council on Tuesday. The proposal would set up a working group to explore allowing the public greater opportunities to get involved in the city’s spending decisions. The concept, known as participatory budgeting, is used in New York…