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For all of Buffalo’s reputation as a Great Lakes city, visitors to downtown hotels might ask the same question: “What waterfront?” City planners are recognizing the lack of well-marked routes leading to the Lake Erie shoreline and attractions like Canalside. Sure, Erie Street will get you there, but only through a maze of uninviting highway pillars and other im…

Down in New York City, where ultra-progressives like Bill de Blasio preside, it might be hard to grasp the Tuesday night scene occurring 380 miles away in Lackawanna. Byron Brown attended the interview meeting of the Erie County Conservative Party at Jay’s White Elephant as his re-election campaign for mayor of Buffalo kicks off. For many years, Democrat Brown has eag…

Democrats in the Erie County Legislature’s District 2 have endorsed April Baskin to succeed mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant. Party officials chose her Wednesday night from among four original candidates including former Council Member-at-Large Charley H. Fisher III; Duncan Kirkwood, Western New York advocacy manager for the Northeast Charter Schools Network; and J…

In a former Catholic school now serving a Pentecostal congregation, Mark J.F. Schroeder seemed to pick the perfect setting to make his point on Tuesday evening. Neighborhoods like Riverside used to host thriving business districts, the Buffalo comptroller and underdog mayoral candidate said. Now, he claims they are neglected by Mayor Byron W. Brown, and so he is chal…

A marquee election of 2017 will kick off Tuesday when former FBI Special Agent Bernard A. Tolbert announces his Democratic challenge to Republican incumbent Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. Tolbert, who once supervised the Buffalo FBI and unsuccessfully ran against Mayor Byron W. Brown in 2013, has been quietly making the political rounds for several months in preparation for…

Bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the Peace Bridge can catch a breath over the next year: Shuttle vans soon will start ferrying them between the United States and Canada. The south sidewalk of the bridge, facing Lake Erie, will be torn up beginning in mid-June as part of the $100 million rehabilitation of the international span. So until approximately May 15, 2018, t…

Democrats in the County Legislature’s District 2 will consider at least three candidates to run for the seat being vacated by mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant during a Wednesday meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Martha Mitchell Community Center on Oakwood Avenue. Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said other potential candidates are invited, too. But he sai…

On Feb. 1, 1917, trains bound for places like Binghamton, Scranton and Jersey City first steamed out of Buffalo’s new Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Terminal. The Buffalo Evening News that day proclaimed the new station as “spic and span.” The depot was torn down in 1979, but a century after it opened, the train shed at the foot of Main Street awaits…

Friends of Gregory T. Miller this weekend are recalling the president of the Erie County Bar Association as a man who recognized the special requirements of his profession. “Being a lawyer alters your world view and perspective on matters big and small,” he once said, “because of the degree of responsibility that you have to others.” Miller, an Orchard Park r…

Erie County Democrats spurned one of their most successful candidates of recent years last week when passing out their endorsement for clerk. Same old, same old for Michael P. Kearns. The Democratic assemblyman from South Buffalo and now a candidate county clerk is used to rejection from Democratic Headquarters. He may even revel in it, much like his mentor and polit…

Hamburg and Orchard Park residents reported a power failure shortly before 2 p.m. today. The New York State Electric and Gas website indicates almost 4,000 customers are without power this afternoon for an unreported reason. NYSEG officials estimate service will be restored around 5 p.m. Police officers were seen directing traffic in the Village of Hamburg, as street…

The third lane of the  Peace Bridge should be reopened around May 15 as the first phase of a three-year, $100 million rehabilitation project winds down. All three lanes will be available throughout the peak travel season until construction resumes in October,  Chief Operating Officer Thomas A. Boyle said. Authority contractors have been working since October 2016 o…

Updates on the politics of 2017: • Ever since he began exploring a mayoral candidacy more than a year ago, Mark Schroeder has struggled to outline any clear path to the big office on City Hall’s second floor. Not that the Buffalo comptroller recognizes a problem. He insists that emphasizing neighborhoods over downtown will lead to a Democratic primary victory a…

Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Thursday commended C. Douglas Hartmayer for his more than 18 years as director of public affairs and chief spokesman. Hartmayer, a Navy veteran and former public affairs manager for Tops Friendly Markets, is retiring following a brief transition period over the next few weeks. Executive Director Kimbe…