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Stephen T. Watson is a business reporter who writes about the business of health care for The News. 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.

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took what was billed as the first Uber ride upstate New York’s last week in Buffalo, it got a lot of attention. It was a victory lap for Cuomo, coming days after lawmakers agreed to expand ride-hailing to upstate. But it also got us thinking: Ride-hailing isn’t officially coming here until the summer, so how did the governor arrange the rid…

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency board on Friday approved $992,000 in tax breaks for a company owned by a local dental surgeon who plans to expand his businesses, which provides training to medical professionals and manufactures components used in dental surgeries. Shatkin F.I.R.S.T., owned by Dr. Todd E. Shatkin, sought the tax breaks to support a $5.5 million…

A plan to construct up to 80 homes on a sprawling piece of vacant land in East Amherst came under fire from neighbors but cleared the first hurdle Thursday night at the town Planning Board. The board voted 5-1 to recommend rezoning 49 acres of the 57-acre property on New Road near Millersport Highway, from suburban agricultural to residential, to make way for by Natale …

The Park School of Buffalo delayed the start of construction on its new science center because administrators needed to change the location of the building and to raise more money. But the private institution in Amherst now hopes to begin work on the $3.1 million building this summer. And school officials say the project includes a recently added feature – a recircul…

Following Catholic Health System's controversial plan to build a drug-treatment clinic in Amherst, members of the Town Board want to impose limits on future clinics in the town. A resolution that is backed by a majority of the Town Board directs the town attorney, building commissioner and planning director to review the town's zoning code and prepare changes that addr…

A Buffalo preservationist on Monday made a last-minute appeal for a downtown train station as the committee charged with recommending a site prepares to weigh in. Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, has lobbied on behalf of constructing a station just to the south of the existing Exchange Street Amtrak station that would serve train, Met…

A Rochester-based mortgage company that leases space in Amherst is seeking tax breaks to subsidize a nearly $3 million purchase and upgrade of a shuttered bank branch 2 miles away in Clarence. Premium Mortgage pledges to add up to 20 employees within 18 months after it moves from leased space at 2150 Wehrle Drive to the former Key Bank at 4401 Transit Road, near Main St…

BHS Foodservice Solutions, a fourth-generation business that sells equipment and supplies to the food-service industry, has acquired a New York City-based distributor as part of its push into the downstate market. A portfolio company of the private-equity firm Lorraine Capital, the former Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., acquired H. Weiss Inc. in a deal that closed Friday. The…

A company owned by Dr. Todd E. Shatkin is seeking $992,000 in tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency for a $5.5 million expansion of its businesses that provide training to medical professionals and that manufacture components used in dental surgeries. Shatkin founded Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. with his father, the late Dr. Samuel Shatkin Sr., to train othe…

Amherst's Sikh community has grown out of its existing place of worship on Main Street and plans to construct a $1 million building next door to its current home. The Sikh Cultural and Educational Society of Western New York has held services, community events and classes for children in its place of worship, known as a gurdwara, at 6569 Main St., between Transit and Yo…

The Erie County Medical Center computer shutdown that began Sunday has started to affect patient operations, a hospital official said, but ECMC expects to start bringing its computer system back online Thursday. The shutdown followed the detection of a virus Sunday that hospital officials still decline to confirm as a ransomware attack. The loss of the computer network…

Erie County Medical Center officials say a virus that has shut down the hospital's entire computer network since early Sunday morning has not affected the care delivered to patients or nursing home residents. The hospital has accepted all incoming patients and has moved ahead with all scheduled surgical procedures, said Peter Cutler, an ECMC spokesman. Hospital and nu…

Neighbors of a proposed Amherst drug treatment clinic that will dispense methadone are criticizing how little information they've received about the project and are pressuring town officials to do whatever they can to keep it from opening. Catholic Health System is moving the clinic from its current site on Sheridan Drive around the corner to 910 Millersport Highway an…

Catholic Health System's plan to open a methadone clinic in Amherst has stirred opposition from town officials and neighbors of the proposed site, which borders a residential street and a park. The clinic is needed to serve Amherst residents battling drug addiction, Catholic Health administrators and Erie County's top health official say. The plan is to relocate a c…

West Herr Jaguar plans to expand its showroom and make additional improvements to the parking, lighting and landscaping at its Getzville dealership, according to documents filed with the Amherst Planning Department. The dealership plans to add 2,020 square feet of showroom space on the north and east sides of its 38,460-square-foot building at 10 Campbell Blvd., off Mil…