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WASHINGTON – More than 19,000 Buffalo-area residents on the state's Essential Plan health care option could be in danger of losing their insurance because the Trump administration is threatening to withdraw a huge part of the program's funding. Meantime, another 10,637 metro Buffalo residents who buy their health care on the state's insurance exchange could see dra…

For the second time in recent months, a developer behind a controversial Elmwood Avenue apartment complex has cut the size of the proposed building in an effort to fend off vehement neighborhood criticism and win approval for the project. Chason Affinity Companies on Monday filed an amended proposal for its mixed-use project at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues, …

An effort to turn the former Central Park Plaza site into the new Highland Park Village is now cleared to begin in coming months. After a two-week delay to obtain needed zoning variances, and because of a public notice glitch, Buffalo's Planning Board on Monday approved the first phase of construction for one of the biggest redevelopment initiatives in Buffalo, by geo…

Northwest Bank will close its consumer finance subsidiary's 44 offices, saying the business has simply failed to grow. The Northwest Consumer Discount Company offices are set to close July 14, the Pennsylvania-based bank said Monday as it released first-quarter earnings. All of the locations are in Pennsylvania. The 44 offices have about 130 employees. Northwest pres…

The name of a 19th-century North Buffalo creek that was buried long ago is coming back to life – as apartments and retail. Seeking to capture a century-old piece of Western New York history, Iskalo Development Corp. has decided to name its newest residential conversion project after Cornelius Creek. The waterway, shown on maps dating to the 1870s, once ran along He…

Atwal Eye Care has opened a 9,000-square-foot medical and surgical facility in Orchard Park. The site, at 3176 Abbott Road, will feature an optical shop in addition to medical and surgical services. There will be 20 staff members at the site, including ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Sansano Jr. and five other health care professionals. Atwal Eye Care, operates five oth…

Tompkins Bank of Castile wants to step up its commercial lending in the Buffalo market. The bank has hired Adam Desmond as its region market leader. The Grand Island resident formerly worked at KeyBank and First Niagara Bank.   Tompkins Bank of Castile is searching for office space in the Buffalo area, and plans to add employees to serve its banking, insu…

At eight stories tall and 628,000 square feet, the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences makes a statement. The $375 million facility is under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. [PHOTO GALLERY: UB's downtown medical school nears completion] Here are seven facts about the new building: 1. The building is equi…

Plans to expand the Metro rail from the University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo to the North Campus in Amherst ran aground in the 1980s and 1990s in the face of stiff community opposition and a lack of funding. Residents and officials who didn't support bringing the Metro rail into Amherst back then say they didn't want construction tearing up their neighborhoods …

You’ve probably been there. I know I’ve been there more than once. You do something frugal, only to have it come back and bite you right in the butt. It might be something you think will save you some money, something you think will earn you some money, or something you think will keep you from losing money. Whatever it was, it didn’t pay off. Worse, it backfired.…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Dec. 16, 2016. CAMBRIA • Randolph St., Christopher Maiolo; Mary Maiolo to Bryan R. Boddecker; Carisa L. Boddecker, $205,000. GASPORT • 3511 Landers Lane, Brenda Zimmerman; Mark Zimmerman to Daniel J. Hambruch; Haley M. Smith, $240,0…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending March 17, 2016. AKRON • 84 East Ave., Melanie A. Irvine; Alan R. Kistner Sr.; Sandra Kistner to Angela L. Goodrige, $139,050. ALDEN • 790 Two Rod Road, Charles Schneckenberger; Sharon Schneckenberger to Sarah L. Everett; Stephen J. Soj…

The battle over cell towers is moving closer to your front door. Growing demand for cellular data by smartphones, tablets and other devices has led wireless carriers across the country to deploy a new kind of wireless transmitter called "small cells" to provide better coverage in densely populated areas. About 4 feet tall and weighing about 400 pounds, small cells…

Erie County Medical Center, which continues to struggle with a massive computer shutdown, reported Friday that it is making progress in efforts to restore its information systems. The hospital shut down its computers on April 9 after a cyberattack. Hospital officials still decline to confirm the attack as ransomware, citing investigations into what happened. But source…

Jon Williams wants to bring a historic Buffalo industrial power complex – complete with its towering smokestack – back to life as office, restaurant and living space. Williams' Ontario Specialty Contracting, which owns the former Schoellkopf Icehouse at 229 Elk St. and 83 Lee St., is seeking to convert the Valley neighborhood building into a mixed-use development. …