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ALBANY – New York and Canada have had some high-profile disputes this decade over Peace Bridge project, and dairy exports into Canada and Quebec. Now, add iron and steel to the list. Legislation passed in June adds “Buy American” provisions for bridge and road projects in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wanted an even tougher provision, supported the legisla…

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Lancaster police have identified the motorist killed Nov. 15 in a head-on collision as Julie Rybarczyk-Smith, 55, a town resident. Rybarczyk-Smith was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west driven by Ryan T. McGuire, 23, of Buffalo, crossed over into oncoming traffic, Detective Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said. Ry…

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The current Niagara Scenic Parkway above Niagara Falls should be replaced with a new road that wouldn't cut off the City of Niagara Falls from its waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins said Tuesday. The New York Power Authority should foot the bill for the removal of what used to be called the Robert Moses Parkway from Interstate 190 to the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park…

If you would like to serve on a police oversight panel, City Hall wants to hear from you. The Common Council's Police Oversight Committee is accepting applications for seats on its community advisory body. The role of the advisory group - which is expected to begin its work in early 2018 - includes meeting with the public and Buffalo Police Department officials as we…

Crime

A correction officer at Albion Correctional Facility has been charged with official misconduct for  engaging in "an unlawful personal relationship" with an inmate, according to the State Police. Daijon Talford, 33, of Buffalo, was arrested Monday following an investigation by the State Police and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of S…

Crime

A Niagara Falls woman admitted Monday that she was driving under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when she seriously injured two women in a pair of auto accidents in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard May 25. Karen T. Sebring, 42, of 26th Street, could go to prison for as long as four years for two counts of vehicular assault and one count of impaired dri…

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A North Tonawanda woman will serve three years in state prison, to be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, for having sex with a 14-year-old boy on April 14. Kayla M. Dixon, 27, of Schenck Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Grundy said the incident was not forcible and the charge stemmed from …

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Niagara County officials are optimistic about receiving state funding for construction of a breakwater in Lake Ontario that would protect the low-lying hamlet of Olcott from flooding. Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg and County Legislator John Syracuse, both of whom represent Olcott, said Monday they've been working with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office on a project…

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Josie DiVincenzo talks the talk – in several different accents, as a matter of fact. And she walks the walk – as a successful stage, screen and film actor, adjunct professor at Niagara University, acting coach and scenic artist. A conversation with this North Buffalo native is engaging, far-ranging – and, upon request – peppered with stories of personal encou…

An Attica woman was arrested on drunk driving charges by Orchard Park police Monday after the car she was driving rear-ended another vehicle, police said. Police said they received a call about 5 p.m. from a motorist who warned of a possible drunk driver on Jewett Holmwood Road. Officers checked the immediate area but couldn’t locate the red Chrysler van. A short t…

A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute the synthetic drug methylenedioxy methamphetamine, also known as "Molly." Barrett Johnson, 34, could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 8 by District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said Johns…

Erie County

A $33.4 million spending plan for the Town of Lancaster was approved by the Town Board with one official sounding off about runaway spending. "We're still a growing town and our revenues are coming in healthy, but I am concerned," said Council Member Ronald Ruffino. "The bottom line is our spending has increased 7.3 percent over two years." Tax rates for non-village…

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The Buffalo Planning Board gave its backing Monday to the planned redevelopment of the former Ascension Church at North Street and Linwood Avenue, despite the rejection of the very same proposal by the city Preservation Board last week. Board members acknowledged the ruling by the other agency but noted that they are bound by the city's Green Code, not the Preservation Bo…

Business

Dawn H. Burlew, director of business development at Corning Enterprises, was named to the board of Five Star Bank's parent company. Warsaw-based Financial Institutions expanded its board by one director, to 12 members, and named Burlew to fill the position. Burlew has worked at Corning Inc. for more than 30 years and has served in her current role at Corning Enter…

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John R. Scannell, chairman and CEO of Moog Inc., was named to M&T Bank Corp.'s board of directors. Scannell, of East Aurora, joined Moog, an Elma-based control systems manufacturer, in 1990. He was named the company's CEO in 2011 and its chairman in 2014. Scannell earned his MBA from Harvard University, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrica…

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Construction is expected to begin next spring on a new five-story mixed-use apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, after the city Planning Board gave its stamp of approval Monday night. John and Ruth Ann Daly, owners of O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build a 34-unit apartment complex with underground parking on the site of a lo…