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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson is a staff reporter who writes about development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence. He is a native and resident of the Town of Tonawanda and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


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A member of the Amherst Planning Board whose term expired Dec. 31 is considered a member in good standing as a "holdover" appointee under state law, and he can continue to serve until he is replaced. That's according to the state Department of State, which cited New York's Public Officers Law Section 5. Several residents had questioned whether Dal Giuliani could rema…

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Niagara Falls Boulevard is a heavily traveled thoroughfare with extensive commercial and residential development that serves as the boundary line between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. Officials on both sides of the road are wrestling with issues ranging from the future of the Boulevard Mall to pedestrian safety to drainage. That's why Amherst and Tonawanda are …

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Joanna Pasceri, the longtime Channel 7 anchor, has left her communications job with the Erie County District Attorney's Office to take a similar position with the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. Pasceri started last week as the Chamber's senior director of marketing and communications. She spent the past two years as the first-ever public information officer employed by th…

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One year ago, thousands of people in Buffalo joined millions of people across the country in marches held to protest the inauguration of President Trump. On Sunday, the anniversary of the initial round of Women's Marches, thousands of protesters gathered again in Buffalo to decry the president's first 12 months in office and to promote equal rights for all. A diverse…

The Amherst Planning Board could begin its review of a North French Road apartment project as soon as next month after a state appellate judge denied the Town Board's attempt to stall the project. Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, last week rejected the Town Board's request for a temporary restraining order. The Town Board last …

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Plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville are moving ahead, but any store opening is at least five years away as the volunteers behind the effort seek to raise more money and build more support for the project. The leaders of the group that is pushing to build the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville on Friday said they've signed up 55 members so far. The…

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There's an art to the banter that TV news announcers engage in between broadcast segments. Channel 2 anchors Maryalice Demler and Scott Levin and meteorologist Kevin O'Connell were in rare form during a recent 6 p.m. newscast. Sitting at the news desk, Levin said, "I'll admit the warmer temperatures feel better, but I hate it when you get that slushy snow around your…

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The owner of Antique World is seeking tax breaks for a $1.5 million expansion into a neighboring building that includes seven luxury apartments and a store featuring his most valuable items. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency would grant a payment in lieu of taxes agreement along with sales and mortgage recording tax breaks to Kelly Schultz for the project at 10…

Natale Builders plans to construct a single-story medical office building in East Amherst near the Transit Valley Country Club. The company is talking to prospective tenants but won't start construction until someone commits to the space, according to Bobby Corrao, president of Natale Development. The Amherst Planning Board approved the site plan. The 6,800-square…

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The Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier plans to expand its mosque and religious center in Getzville. The organization received approval from the Amherst Planning Board Thursday for a proposed two-step expansion of the 18,500-square-foot Islamic Center at 745 Heim Road, just west of Hopkins Road. The work would add about 8,300 square feet of new space and take pl…

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Northtown Toyota received a green light Thursday from Amherst's Planning Board for its plan to expand a service building and update its facade in 2018. The board voted, 4-0, to approve the site plan filed by Northtown Automotive Cos. Northtown would reconfigure the floor plan in the service drive building at 1135 Millersport Highway and add 5,350 square feet of space…

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa will give his first state of the town address at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon on Friday, Jan. 26. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Classics V restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. In addition to the address by Kulpa, who took office this month, the event includes the installation of …

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CRS Cos. has scaled back its proposed development on a prime Williamsville corner to less than half its initial size. The developer planned to build an $8 million, four-story, 50,000-square-foot building at Main and South Long streets with 24 apartments and first-floor retail. But CRS President John E. "Skip" Cerio said economic considerations prompted the company to…

Buffalo Dental Group has bought the property in Amherst where it plans to build new offices to replace its Williamsville location. The practice purchased 1.3 acres of vacant land at 6600 and 6588 Main St., near Brompton Road, for $507,000 from Main Genesis Group LLC,  according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Dr. Bernard J. Kolber, a Buffalo …

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The Town of Amherst hired a new director of strategic planning Tuesday night – over the objections of one Town Board member and a town Republican committee member. The Town Board voted, 4-1, to appoint Maggie Hamilton Winship to the job that will pay $75,092 per year, with the Village of Williamsville expected to cover $15,000 of her salary in a shared-services agreemen…