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ALBANY – As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s point person for economic development in the region, Sam Hoyt is charged with growing private sector job opportunities throughout Western New York. In 2013, it appears he also had an additional task: letting Steve Pigeon, the longtime Democratic operative, know about job openings in state government. The jobs weren’t for Pigeo…

The decaying Bethlehem Steel ovens and abandoned engine and boiler houses along the hundreds of acres on Route 5 in Lackawanna remind passing motorists every day of the region’s decline. But local leaders see the opposite. They see unmatched potential. “This property represents one of the most marketable pieces of industrial property in all of North America,” s…

Wilson girls basketball coach Brian Baker has noticed a lack of team camps for girls in Western New York. He opens the school gym during the offseason for open sessions and his team participates in the annual Niagara County Community College Shootout in July, but opportunities are still scarce. “Girls basketball is improving but too many kids specialize in one spor…

Families expecting a new baby or who already have one are invited to four Healthy Baby Festivals in coming weeks. Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program will host the free events, which offer activities for children and information for parents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days: Dunkirk: Tuesday in Washington Park. Buffalo…

Federal and state agents five weeks ago raided the headquarters of Grassroots – one of Buffalo's most influential political organizations – along with the home of its founder, Maurice L. Garner, amid reports that authorities are following a money trail tied to campaign finance reports. Even though investigators are believed to be scrutinizing the records and compute…

Although James P. Klyczek resigned as president of Niagara County Community College almost three months ago, his legacy – in the form of unguarded comments surreptitiously recorded by colleagues – lives on. A 48-year-old Lewiston woman who told police she was sexually assaulted on the college's Sanborn campus, has sued Klyczek and the college, accusing them of defam…

Dec. 24, 1929- July 21, 2017 The Rev. Robert Bellingham, a Presbyterian pastor for 50 years, died Friday in his Lewiston home under the care of his family. He was 87. Rev. Bellingham received his schooling in music education at the Hamilton Conservatory and Moody Bible Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in theology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and hi…

The great structure is almost unimaginable for its size, stretching for a distance of not quite 2 miles at a height of 42 feet, with a width that extends at its base to 150 feet. It is a vast wall of stone, impossible to see in its entirety, its function and history intertwined with the absolute DNA of why Buffalo exists. While much of it is invisible, it is the ultimat…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending April 28, 2017. LEWISTON • 4942 Big Vista Drive, Lewiston Development Group to Guy Muto; Laurie M. Muto, $399,050. CITY OF LOCKPORT • 238 West Ave., Diane Heiman to Raphaela Fisher; Richard M. Fisher, $113,000. • 1064 Old Niagara…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending June 16, 2017.23 ALDEN • 13099 Main St., Kim M. Clarke to Ashley Grabski, $172,500. • 1030 Exchange St., Nathan J. Klimko to Ryan Benninger, $135,000. • 2891 Peters Corners Road, Donna J. Andrews; Christopher D. Payne; Donna J. P…