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The exodus continues at SolarCity's California executive suite, just as hiring starts to ramp up at its sprawling solar panel factory in Buffalo. Only eight months after Tesla Inc. acquired SolarCity, all of the rooftop solar installer's highest-ranking executives have either left or plan to leave the electric vehicle-maker, including co-founders Lyndon and Peter Rive. …

A new plow truck, recently unveiled by the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, will do more than just handle heavy snow. It will also honor local veterans as it travels down the road. The new addition to the fleet has been decorated to honor servicemembers, veterans and their families. Municipal employees painted an American flag, a bald eagle and graphics depicting e…

A state agency invited developers Wednesday to submit proposals for mixed-use buildings on two parcels at Canalside near the ice-skating canal and coming Explore & More Children's Museum. While all proposals will be considered, the request notes that retail and or restaurants -- preferably locally owned -- are envisioned on the ground level, with residential and off…

New Yorkers continue to have an unfavorable view of President Trump, according to a new Siena College poll. But they think even less of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin's numbers were "abysmal," according to Siena pollsters, though not as low as Eliot Spitzer, immediately after he resigned as governor  in 2008. Here are the numbers from the Siena polls: …

A plan to build a fifth ice rink at the Northtown Center in Amherst depends on the town receiving nearly $2.2 million from the  state, town officials said this week. "If we get that funding, then there's no question that the project will pay for itself," said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. "It'll cover not only c…

A fire on Ardmore Place near the Elmwood Village caused $60,000 in damage Wednesday. Buffalo Fire Department responded to a call around 6 a.m. to a fire at 28 Ardmore Place, a two-story, wooden frame home. The fire started in the basement and reached into the building's first floor, the department said, resulting in $40,000 in damage to the structure and $20,000 in d…

The state has awarded a $17 million grant to Kaleida Health to complete the effort to save Lake Shore Hospital in Irving and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, State Sen. Catharine M. Young announced. Part of the money also will be used to build a new facility to replace the current Brooks Hospital. A site has not yet been selected. The two hospitals, which have st…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, born on this date in 1919, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” . . . GRAB A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will host a free community meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu will include goulash, salad, bread,…

A standoff with Buffalo Police lasting more than two hours on the East Side Wednesday night ended when the man involved in the incident tumbled out the front door of a house on Thomas Street with his hands up and shirt off. A SWAT team responded to a call that a man was threatening people at 26 Thomas St. at around 9:45 p.m. Buffalo Police shut down the intersection…

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins — who is facing an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into his investment in an obscure Australian biotech firm — walked off the House floor late Wednesday afternoon, cellphone in hand, apparently talking about yet another stock trade involving that same company. Reporters who overheard him said it appeared he was discussi…

Several hundred grams of the deadly opioid fentanyl were seized Wednesday when it was delivered by mail at a house in Depew, a law enforcement source said. Experts say just one grain of fentanyl can trigger a fatal overdose. The drug, often made in clandestine labs in China or Mexico, can be 40 to 100 times more potent than heroin. It's often mixed in with heroin or sol…

Many businesses are taking a wait-and-see approach about decisions coming out of Washington, before taking on new debt through loans, a top M&T Bank executive said Wednesday. "We're not dire on the economy by any stretch, but I would say there is some uncertainty and some cautiousness," Darren J. King, M&T Bank's chief financial officer, said as M&T release…

Lisa Fischer, the mother of a teenager killed by a hit-and-run driver, pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving while intoxicated during what Niagara County sheriff's deputies called an apparent attempt to run over that driver in his driveway. Fischer pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Wheatfield Town Court. Justice Erin P. DeLabio imposed a $500 fine and a $400 surch…