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While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

Jan. 24, 1924 – June 18, 2017 Jay H. Wattles Jr., longtime president and chairman of the board of the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, grew up in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and had a passion for golf that began when he was a boy, playing with his father on the course in Delaware Park. Mr. Wattles was a low-handicap golfer as an adult and a member of the U.S. Go…

Jason Mendola and his wife, Abbi, became interested in kayaking about a decade ago during a trip to Central America. “We were on an excursion in Guatemala. We were kayaking and wondered, ‘How come we’ve never done this at home?’ When I came back, I did what everybody else does: went to a sporting goods store, bought the cheapest boat imaginable, got out on the B…

Five Star Bank's parent company has added a prominent Buffalo media leader to its board of directors. Donald K. Boswell, 65, the president and CEO of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, was elected at the annual meeting of Financial Institutions  in Warsaw this week. Boswell serves on the board of New Era Cap, and previously served on the board o…

The Kmart store at 2801 W. State St. in Olean is the latest casualty of retail downsizing. The store will close in mid-September, according to its parent company Sears Holdings. The store will begin a liquidation sale Thursday "We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable sto…

The Queen City Pop Up's latest iteration is now open for business. This year's retailers are Baskets by Ms. Regina, which sells themed gift baskets; specialty food retailer Najah Sauces and Ten Thousand Villages, which sells fair-trade housewares, jewelry and accessories from around the world. The temporary local market is located at 403 Main St. across from Lafayette S…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has reached separate deals with Uber and Lyft, which will allow both ride-hailing services to pick up and drop off passengers traveling to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. NFTA officials Friday said an agreement in principle was reached with Uber. Under the agree…

Philip Wilcox, a local labor leader who has been actively involved with energy issues for many years, has been named to the state Public Service Commission. Wilcox, a business representative for Local 97 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, was confirmed this week by the state Senate. He is the only Western New Yorker on the commission and the f…

Uber and Lyft will make their long-awaited entrance into Western New York on Thursday and when they do, they're going to need drivers. The ride-hailing services, which use apps to connect drivers with customers looking for a ride, have already received thousands of applications from would-be drivers across the state. But there's plenty to know before you hop in the c…

By now, the sprawling solar panel factory in South Buffalo was supposed to be buzzing with activity. If everything had gone according to the original plan, hundreds of factory workers would be working at the Tesla Inc. factory. Instead, on a recent weekday afternoon, only about 50 vehicles were in the factory's parking lot, which has spaces for 500, and just a couple…

Independent Health has started a new company to help a group of primary care physicians make the transition as health care reimbursement makes a dramatic change to what's known as value-based payments. Value-based care ties payments to quality, efficiency and effectiveness, such as reducing hospital readmissions, tracking performance and improving preventative care. Tha…

Plans for the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the old Schoellkopf ice house are on hold amid concerns about the structural integrity of parts of the historic building in Buffalo's Valley neighborhood. Businessman Jon Williams wants to redevelop the entire 21.7-acre industrial site at the corner of Elk and Lee streets, near the Buffalo River, into residential,…

  Former WGRZ-TV weekend anchor Erika Brason is pedaling into a new career by opening an indoor cycling and fitness complex in Clarence this year. Brason plans to open Rebel Ride Indoor Cycling & Strength at 6449 Transit Road, just north of Transit Valley Country Club. Brason's business will take up 3,500 square feet in The Abbey. Immersive indoor cyc…

The vast former Niagara Machine & Tool Works factory casts a huge shadow on Northland Avenue. Inside its hulking interior, black oil-soaked wood blocks, some buckled into mounds, cover most of the dirt subfloor. Puddles of rainwater collect below gaps in the roof, while broken glass litters the ground. Rusty yellow cranes sit overhead on tracks, their unused hooks d…

Hamister Group has sold a Tennessee hotel after spending more than $1 million on its renovation. The Buffalo-based health care and hospitality firm, which owns and operates the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Buffalo, said it sold a 62-room Fairfield Inn in Smyrna, Tenn., southeast of Nashville. Hamister acquired the hotel in 2004. "This disposition underscores our str…