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Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


Politics

A campaign mailer residents received Thursday about the Erie County Legislature's 5th District raised some eyebrows for its use of Amherst's town seal. The mailer is a letter written by Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein in which he endorses Guy R. Marlette, a candidate for the legislature seat in Tuesday's election. Weinstein's glowing endorsement of Marlette came a…

Amherst

One candidate for Amherst town supervisor wants to see the former Westwood Country Club preserved as a park. The other wants to play golf there. But they both agree a developer’s plan for a mix of housing, retail and commercial space and park needs to go back to the drawing board. A lack of sanitary sewer capacity for the site between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive …

Amherst's budget for 2018 carries a 1 percent tax increase, but Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein says most property owners have actually seen a tax bill decrease over his eight years in office. In the budget approved Monday by the Town Board, the tax levy – the amount raised by taxes – increased for the second year in a row after six years of decreases. The levy inc…

Amherst

Democrat Thomas A. Loughran might have lost his last campaign for the Erie County Legislature if it wasn't for the 1,000 votes he received on the Conservative Party ballot line. But in his rematch against Republican challenger Guy R. Marlette, Loughran won't be able to count on the 1,000 votes he received from Conservatives two years ago, making this race likely to be o…

A moratorium on cell towers in Amherst may be extended by 90 days while town officials consult with other communities that have updated their regulations. The Town Board called for a public hearing Nov. 20 to consider extending the moratorium through Feb. 1. The town's Wireless Communication Advisory Committee has been meeting this year in an effort to develop a compreh…

Amherst

Work has begun on a $1.46 million project to reduce stormwater runoff near a village of Williamsville park. The "green infrastructure" improvements for South Long Street and Village Square Lane include bioretention planters and permeable paving to capture and treat stormwater before discharge into Ellicott Creek. The measures are expected to reduce ponding of water in S…

Traffic has emerged as a key issue in the race for Amherst town supervisor, but neither candidate supports a moratorium on building in the town while traffic is studied. "Moratoriums send a signal that the town is closed to business and closed to economic development," said Democratic candidate Brian J. Kulpa. "We have got to be open for business," said Marjory H. Ja…

Latest High Schools

Brackets indicate first-place votes; *–Indicates tie in voting Large Schools Rk. School (Cl.) Rec Pts LW 1. Lancaster [7] (AA) 9-0 88 1 2. Canisius [2] 6-3 79 2 3. West Seneca West (A) 9-0 70 3 4. Williamsville North (AA) 9-0 67 4 5. South Park (A) 9-0 56 5 6. Iroquois (A) 6-3 35 7 7. West Seneca East (A) 5-4 27 6 8. St. Francis 4-5 22 10 9. St. Joe’s 5-…

Ever wanted to lace up a pair of skates and learn the Lutz jump? Get to know the figure skaters of Amherst Skating Club on Nov. 4 during the organization's inaugural ASC Club Day. The free event geared toward club ice skaters runs from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Anyone interested in learning more about ice skating and the Amh…

Amherst

Republican Amherst supervisor candidate Marjory H. Jaeger thinks the town's IDA should "pivot" away from encouraging development of green space, while her Democratic opponent, Brian J. Kulpa, is pushing for a "targeted approach" specific to developing individual neighborhoods. Redevelopment of vacant commercial buildings in Amherst should be the focus of the IDA, accord…

Sabres

Buffalo Sabres and Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula are absorbing the costs of holding Wednesday morning's funeral for Buffalo police Officer Craig Lehner in KeyBank Center, team officials confirmed Tuesday. "We're not charging the family, or the Buffalo Police Department or the city any of the costs that we endure during this process," said Michael Gilbert, Buffalo S…

Amherst

The public can sip coffee and hear from candidates for elected offices at an event Friday morning in Amherst. The forum, dubbed "Coffee with the Candidates," starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Confirmed candidates who will be participating, as of Tuesday morning, include: Erin Peradotto for State Supreme C…

Unused or expired medications may be turned in for safe disposal Saturday in Amherst. Amherst police and the DEA are holding the drop off from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road. Accepted medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter meds, veterinary medications, vitamins and homeopathic treatmen…

New lighting would be installed in Williamsville's parks -- if the village receives a $50,000 state grant. The village became eligible for the grant this year, when it was named a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA. The Village Board Monday agreed its application would propose using the money for new LED light fixtures at South Long, Island and Garrison parks, as well…