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Westwood or West-wouldn't — Amherst still can't make up its mind. Five-and-a-half years ago, a group of investors bought the struggling Westwood Country Club. Three years ago, the partners unveiled an ambitious, $238 million plan to transform the site into a "neighborhood" of houses, office buildings, retail shops, a hotel and recreational space. It was one of t…

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What began as a “flirty” relationship between a state worker and a powerful official now threatens to ensnare the governor of New York. Andrew M. Cuomo is named in a federal lawsuit that Lisa M. Cater, of Buffalo, filed after she heard some of Cuomo’s top lieutenants praising Sam Hoyt upon his resignation last month as a gubernatorial confidante, even as probes in…

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Think you know Buffalo? A new trivia game will let you prove it. "You Gotta Know Buffalo – My Hometown Edition" poses questions about people, places and events tied to Buffalo. The 500-question card game retails for $19.95. It is a product of Store (716), a local Buffalo-themed apparel and gift designer. “You Gotta Know Buffalo is for anyone who knows how to say …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, born on this date in 1925, “Some men see the world as it is and say ‘Why?’ I see the world as it could be and say, ‘Why not?’” . . . EYE ON THE SKY – Want to become an official weather watcher? The Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorology is sponsoring a session entitled, “SKYWARN – Spotter …

NIAGARA FALLS – An Amherst woman had her purse stolen while she danced at the Seneca Niagara Casino nightclub early Sunday, police said. A man later returned the purse, saying his inebriated friend had mistakenly taken it, but most of the contents were missing. Police said that the purse went missing between 2 and 4 a.m. while the victim was dancing with her husband a…

Compass House, which offers shelter and services for runaway and homeless youth and teens in Western New York, has honored HSBC Bank with its 2017 Corporate Champion Award. HSBC was recognized for its financial support and its contribution of personal care and holiday items for young Compass House clients. Employees of HSBC’s Retail Banking and Wealth Management di…

Erie County has received a three-year grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent the misuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids by women. County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be joined by Rep. Brian Higgins, County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams in announcing the g…

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that people have a little bit of extra cheer in their hearts, ready to give and share. Charities depend on that giving spirit this time of year. Even though a charity’s needs continue year round, the biggest bulk of their donations are received in November and December. If the spirit moves you to share your weal…

Two people canoeing in Cazenovia Creek in South Buffalo were reportedly rescued Sunday afternoon after the canoe overturned. Buffalo police and Buffalo firefighters were called to the scene near Southside Parkway, according to @ErieCoBlotter. Buffalo fire dispatchers received a report of a person in the water at 2:38 p.m. Air temperatures were in the high 30s at the …

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NEW YORK — Sam Hoyt threatened her. He groped her. Finally he paid her $50,000 to keep quiet. And the governor's office let it happen. Those are the key allegations that former state employee Lisa Marie Cater makes in a federal lawsuit filed here over the weekend. She accuses Hoyt, a Buffalo political figure for decades and key Cuomo administration appointee for six y…

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Rochester City Council members last week rejected a request from developer Robert C. Morgan's company for a $1.5 million loan on a downtown project on Court Street there. The vote was 5-3. At least two of the five members who voted against the loan cited an FBI investigation of Morgan's companies that started in Buffalo. "The investigation was the key factor in my v…

It was as mild a start to the snow season as can be – but it counts in record books anyway. The fifth of an inch of snow recorded Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport added up to the first measurable snowfall of the season for the Buffalo metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service. "It is official," said meteorologist Aaron Reynold…

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State police arrested a Jamestown man for aggravated drunk driving after he was spotted driving erractically with two children in the car in southern Chautauqua County. Jason Green, 37, was stopped on Buffalo Street Extension in Jamestown after officers, responding to a complaint, observed his behavior firsthand. Green failed several field sobriety tests and was taken …

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A Jamestown man was shot in the abdomen during a home invasion and robbery Saturday night. Jamestown police, responding to reports of shots fired at 533 E. 5th St., found that two males reportedly entered the home, robbed the occupants and shot the man before fleeing. The perpetrators wore dark-colored hooded sweatshirts. The incident occurred at about 8:10 p.m. …

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Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies arrested an East Otto man for drunk-driving after a minor crash Friday morning that caused property damage in the town. Police charged Nathanial V. Lincoln, 39, with DWI, moving from a lane unsafely and refusing to take a breath test after the incident on Reed Hill Road at about 4:46 a.m. Lincoln's car had apparently gone off the r…