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Want to own a restaurant on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment from where you can see Toronto on a clear day? Schimschack's is being auctioned off on Nov. 8. Bidding will occur at the restaurant, 2943 Upper Mountain Road. The eatery in Pekin closed two years ago when owner James J. Marinello ran into financial troubles.  Marinello operated Schimschack's for 39 years…

Natale Builders has brought its plan to build 80 houses on a sprawling plot of land in East Amherst out of limbo. Natale's attorneys on Friday asked the Town Board to schedule a public hearing on the zoning change required for the project, Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein said. Weinstein said he doesn't expect the board will hold a hearing before the end of the year.…

Welp. Christmas came early to the Christmann household. No, we haven’t put up our tree or pinched together hundreds of pierogi or anything like that. But we did get to feel the disappointment of looking for our kids’ most sought-after toys and finding them sold out everywhere. Every year, my daughters have their hearts set on one toy. Every year, I think I’m be…

The New York State Authorities Budget Office, an independent office that tracks the budgets and the performance of public authorities and economic-development agencies, issued a report recently that listed the pay of every industrial development authority employee in New York State. Seventy-three IDA officials with the title of executive director, president or CEO earn…

When James J. Allen retired as executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency in April 2016, the IDA kept paying him for another eight months. It wasn't a payroll mistake. Carlton N. Brock Jr., chairman of the Amherst IDA's board of directors, said the board and Allen agreed in spring 2016 that he would step down after 36 years as the IDA's leader, b…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending Sept. 8,2017. AKRON • 7 Brodies Way, K&d Development to Anita L. Ceroky; Kevin C. Ceroky, $60,000. • 14 Brodies Way, K&d Development to Margaret A. Keller; William R. Keller, $60,000. ALDEN • 13857 Genesee St., Betty A. Pick…

Buffalo doctors are at the center of a national debate among surgeons: Skullcap or bouffant? It's a question that has embroiled the medical community in a heated controversy over whether the head attire surgical teams wear could pose a risk of infection. Influenced by recommendations from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, hospitals have been banning…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Aug. 25, 2017. GASPORT • 8877 Bradley Road, Donna M. Alt; Joseph Alt Jr. to Marlene Urban, $147,500. LEWISTON • 734 Hillview Court, David J. Ashcroft to Cory L. Loudenslager, $187,050. • 698 Northridge Dr Unit #113, David D. Deck…

Medicaid special reimbursement payments to Erie County Medical Center are being slashed  by two-thirds for this fiscal year after Congress failed to reinstate a key portion of the federal program for hospitals by Oct. 1. State officials notified the hospital that the institution's payments would be reduced by $29 million. ECMC will receive $15 million in Medicaid "d…

Genesee County's industrial development authority paid tens of thousands of dollars in annual performance bonuses to CEO Steven G. Hyde until a watchdog agency criticized the practice. The authority ended the incentive payments in 2012, but not before paying Hyde a final bonus, his largest yet, of $142,000. Hyde's pay hasn't suffered without the bonuses, however. At …

A developer's plan to build apartments and townhouses on a former industrial site in Williamsville received two key approvals from the Village Board on Thursday. The Village Board determined the proposal by Natale Development would not harm the environment and authorized Mayor Brian Kulpa to sign a land swap agreement with the developer. The village still must finali…

Aldi is planning to remodel and expand its decade-old store on Transit Road in East Amherst, featuring more fresh food, a modern design and use of green building materials. The company is seeking permission for a 2,960-square-foot expansion of its 15,400-square-foot store at 9290-9300 Transit Road, between Casey and Muegel roads. The project will result in the loss of…

A West Seneca funeral home will host a free holistic open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, will do so as part of an event entitled “Better Health, Happiness and Healing.” The funeral home, part of Lakeside Memorial Inc., looks to provide an opportunity for people to visit 20 holistic health practitioners offering services…

Officially speaking, Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes continue to be partners in charge of their Buffalo-based Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm. But in State Supreme Court, the two men continue to clobber away at each other — in an ugly legal dispute, now in its sixth month. Late Friday afternoon, Cellino accused his estranged law partner of f…

When the United Auto Workers asked for volunteers to fly to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief efforts, Lumi Irizarry stepped forward. The 24-year-old member of UAW Local 686, who works at General Motors' Lockport components plant, has family connections to the hurricane-ravaged island. His grandmother lives there, along with cousins, aunts and uncles, accor…