Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017. It could be worse. Last year started more deadly. During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took agg…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum on this date in 1896, “You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.” . . . GIVE LIFE – Unyts has a critical need for blood donors for patients in local hospitals. The agency notes that demand has increased this month an…

A Buffalo man was taken into custody at his home in the first block of Gorski Street, off Clinton Street, on Thursday afternoon following an incident in which he allegedly cut the cheek of a female neighbor with a steak knife during an argument, according to Buffalo police. Cornell Edwards, 44,  was arrested at about 2 p.m. and charged with a felony counts of second-d…

Benderson Development Company wants to meet the region's need for industrial and manufacturing space by converting a vacant retail plaza on the Cheektowaga-West Seneca border into a sprawling new light industrial complex. The Sarasota, Fla.-based real estate firm, whose roots remain in Buffalo, plans to redevelop the 178,000-square-foot Garden Village Plaza at 2343 Unio…

The Buffalo Preservation Board, fresh off a heated meeting a week ago, has scheduled a new public hearing early next month over Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s controversial project proposed for Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. The board will hold a special public hearing at Lafayette High School, at 370 Lafayette Avenue, at 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2. The subject will be …

WASHINGTON – When reporters overheard Rep. Chris Collins bragging last week about “how many millionaires I've made in Buffalo the past few months," he appears to have been talking about letting friends and business colleagues know about a company he knows well. The largest shareholder in an obscure Australian biotech company called Innate Immunotherapeutics as well …

Antonya Quinones of Lackawanna’s First Ward does not have a car. The mother of four can barely afford to put food on the table – and that’s only if she can catch a bus to a grocery store. But most buses in the First Ward do not run on weekends, and there are no grocery stores in the First Ward. Residents of the First Ward gathered Thursday night at the Willie C…

A 3-year-old drug-making subsidiary of Pine Pharmacy plans to build a $5.6 million drug compounding facility in the Town of Tonawanda to accommodate its nationwide growth. Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC, owned by Alfonse J. Muto, wants to construct a 25,000-square-foot, single-story building on a 4.2-acre undeveloped parcel at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Tec…

A Buffalo man who ran into the woods after a traffic stop on Route 16 in the Town of Holland and his female passenger were arrested by Erie County sheriff deputies late Wednesday night, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Thursday. Jamie Wilson, 47, and Jenna Shoup, 26, also of Buffalo, were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled su…

A majority of Buffalo School Board members met in a secret meeting Tuesday to discuss getting Carl P. Paladino removed from office – while excluding two of their colleagues. Then on Wednesday, during an already raucous meeting, Superintendent Kriner Cash made his first public comments since the controversy started last month, saying Paladino's behavior warrants "cons…

The Garden Village Plaza at French and Union roads in Cheektowaga will get a makeover this year with some of its long-vacant buildings scheduled for demolition, Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said during her State of the Town address on Thursday. Benderson Development plans to demolish a portion of the plaza and build four warehouses, which is expected…

ALBANY – The top Republican in state government says New York stands poised to benefit from President-elect Donald Trump's ascendancy to the White House. “President-elect Trump is actually a born and bred New Yorker, and that’s something we should be focusing on,’’ said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican who is in Washington with ot…

The Buffalo Niagara job market finished last year with a flourish. The region added jobs at a 1.3 percent annual pace during December – just slightly below the national growth rate – as a surge at local hotels and restaurants, combined with solid gains in holiday hiring at stores, offset continued job cuts at local factories, the state Labor Department said Thursda…

LOCKPORT - A man who shot his mother's then-boyfriend last summer in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a promise of a 9-year state prison sentence. Jason A. Pryor Jr., 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, risked up to 25 years behind bars if he had been convicted of the attempted murder charge listed in the original indictment. He accepted a plea of…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had shared the story before. In a “State of the State” speech last week at the University at Buffalo, a speech in which the governor promised another $500 million in state investment in Western New York, Cuomo spoke of the late Tim Russert as “the first person who used to bring me out to Buffalo.” That was in the early 1980s, Cuomo said, whe…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man accepted a plea offer Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred during a robbery almost a year ago. Donald Dolson, 23, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he would sentence Dolson to no more than four years in prison when he returns t…