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Peace Bridge officials are beginning to restore three lanes of traffic to the international span with an eye toward fully reopening on Thursday. Ron Rienas, Peace Bridge Authority general manager, said crews will begin removing the north lane Jersey barriers Monday night while newly poured concrete on the Fort Erie, Ont., side continues to cure. “We hope to have al…

Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes have been smiling down on Buffalo expressway commuters for two decades, while their constant jingle with all those “8s” plays out on the car radio and television ads. Their law firm's ubiquitous billboards also greet New York City subway commuters near major hospitals, and its jingle reverberates during Yankee games on WFAN and througho…

The activist responsible for two recent billboards criticizing Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is emerging as the Democratic candidate against Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo in November. Michelle Schoeneman, who raised the money for a two-week anti-Collins message at Hamburg’s Seven Corners, is expected to seek the key seat, according to Erie…

There was a time, here at the Politics Column, when we devoted this weekly space to – well – politics. But lately, indictments and court appearances comprise the bulk of political news around here. Maybe we should call it the Crime Column. Indeed, former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon found himself before a judge for the third time in 10 months on M…

New York State’s “show the way” efforts now include the Niagara Thruway and Route 5 along the Outer Harbor. Green and white “way finding” signs now highlight exits from the Niagara Thruway to Canalside, KeyBank Center and Coca-Cola Field, while brown and white “attraction signs” provide directions from Route 5 to Outer Harbor Drive, the Bell Slip, Wilkeson…

An anti-Chris Collins billboard has gone up in Hamburg. Michelle Schoeneman, a teacher and member of a group called Citizens Against Collins, has now sponsored her second sign this year, criticizing the Clarence Republican. The newest, located at the Seven Corners intersection in Hamburg, flashes a picture of Collins with the message: “Chris Collins to WNYers: Drop De…

Conservative leaders vented their wrath at three county legislators Tuesday, denying their endorsement over their “bad votes” on financing for new emergency facilities at Erie County Medical Center. Democrats Patrick B. Burke and Peter J. Savage III plus Republican Kevin R. Hardwick – all had Conservative backing in previous elections – received a thumbs down du…

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…