We’re finally starting to see the payoff in our paychecks from the tightening Buffalo Niagara job market. And it’s a pretty significant payoff, too. Our personal incomes grew by 4.1 percent last year, after adjusting for inflation, the federal government reported recently. It was the biggest increase in inflation-adjusted incomes, on a per capita basis, in 32 …

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Anthony H. Gioia of Buffalo- like many other Republicans -  never got excited over Donald J. Trump's candidacy. Gioia first signed on to Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign, even helping to run local and national fund raisers. When that fizzled, the retired businessman and former ambassador to Malta then joined the effort of Sen. T…

A convicted drug dealer whose arrest while he was free on bail outraged families of people killed by opioids was sentenced on Thursday to 13 years in prison. Robert L. Smith, 29, was first arrested on Feb. 17 after a police raid on his apartment recovered 150 packs of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Smith was freed on $50,000 bond and appeared in court as sch…

Republicans are seeking candidates for elected office in the Town of Tonawanda, where Democrats have dominated government for a decade. The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee is seeking candidates for three Town Board seats, as well as highway superintendent, in 2017, said Committee Chairman Sean O’Neil. After decades of Republican dominance in town government,…

An affiliate of Ronco Communications will buy the former Hamister Group building on Delaware Avenue as the headquarters for a startup business that sells interactive white boards for schools and corporations. Triad Real Properties LLC will acquire the 28,000-square-foot office building at 651 Delaware from Ron Alsheimer's Plaza Group. Officials have not disclosed the p…

LOCKPORT - John M. Billings Jr., who took part in an armed robbery and shooting last year behind a gas station on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison, the most he could have received. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III had said he would consider giving Billings, 32, of Zito Drive, Niagara Falls, a lighter senten…

Western New York is getting $62 million in state funding for a projects backed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. The state announced the funding Thursday afternoon at an event in Albany, culminating the annual competition for funding among the state's 10 regional economic development councils. Each of the regions from across the state submit…

A new music venue – or Venu – has opened on West Chippewa Street. In the setting formerly occupied by McMonkey’s, Lux, Pure and Level, Venu will offer what Assistant Manager Timothy Walton calls “a Vegas-style concert experience,” one centered on but not limited to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) events. The room, at 75 W. Chippewa St., will hold between 500 a…

The Buffalo school district has pulled out of its deal with a developer to build a second Emerson School of Hospitality near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Board of Education has agreed to terminate its agreement with Krog Corp., which was designated as the developer for a second Emerson inside the former Trico Products Corp. building at 817 Washington St. …

Pediatric physician Jack F. Coyne remembers the day in 1990 when he was working at the Roberto Clemente West Side Health Center. His patient was a 10-year-old girl who was seven months pregnant. "She'd never had a period," he told Erie County legislators. At the time, he said, he had no idea what services could be pulled together to help save this child. Now, as a me…

BEMUS POINT - State police on Wednesday charged a Bemus Point man with aggravated driving while intoxicated. Troopers pulled over Thomas Stanton, 65, on Maple Springs-Ellery Road after he was observed driving erratically, according to authorities. Stanton failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested and taken to the Jamestown barracks. He registered a blood-a…

The political winds already are blowing through the Village of Lancaster, three months before the next village election. Paul Maute will not seek re-election for a second term as mayor in the March 21 election. Instead, the Citizens' Party is backing three-term Trustee William C. Schroeder for mayor, an office with a four-year term that pays $12,900 a year. Maute …

Women & Children's Hospital plans to start moving seven of its outpatient clinics to the newly completed Oishei Children's Outpatient Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Jan. 3. The move of the initial outpatient clinics to the new Oishei Children's Outpatient Center at 1001 Main St. is the first phase of the hospital campus' 11-month transition from its…

Only 22 residents of Bethlehem Park have requested cleanup assistance in the aftermath of the stubborn  fire at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant that left a coating of soot and ash in many of their homes. One city official was surprised at how few residents acted on the offer from the owner  of  the facility that burned down last month, to pay for the cleanup of smok…

LOCKPORT - A woman who robbed a Lockport gas station Wednesday night matches the description of a thief who held up a Wheatfield gas station earlier in the day, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies said. The woman robbed the Crosby's gas station, 4531 Lake Ave., at 8:43 p.m., according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A Kwik Fill on Niagara Falls Boulevard was ro…