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ALBANY – A woman making sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Cuomo administration economic official Sam Hoyt stopped speaking with state investigators when she felt the inquiries would not be fair, her lawyer said Monday. Paul Liggieri, a Manhattan lawyer representing Lisa Marie Cater of Buffalo in a newly filed federal lawsuit, conceded Monday tha…

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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…

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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…

A decision on whether to allow a proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard was delayed until next month. The Amherst Town Board agreed to hold off on making a decision on a zoning change until its Dec. 11 meeting. The Planning Board last month voted, 5-1, to recommend rezoning the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard…

Buffalo

November has settled into its pattern. For the third time in about a week, a storm system with a trailing cold front today will bring a roller coaster of temperatures and conditions to the Buffalo Niagara region. Here's what to expect: Today:  The main weather-maker will be the wind ahead of an approaching cold front. Southwesterly winds could gust as high as …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French writer and philosopher Voltaire, born on this date in 1694, “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.” . . . TIME OF NEED – John Wier, of South Buffalo, survived stomach cancer 25 years ago, but now he’s facing Stage 4 lymphoma. To help pay for his uninsured medical expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from…

Amherst

For the first time in two years, the Amherst Town Board on Monday held an up-or-down vote on a key element of the massive Westwood mixed-use project: a statement detailing the development's likely environmental effects. The Town Board voted to accept the report, known as a final generic environmental impact statement, which was prepared by a consultant hired by the tow…

The Buffalo Police and Buffalo Fire departments, along with other emergency agencies, were reported to be at the scene of a possible meth lab operation on Monday evening in the first block of Macamley Street, between South Park Avenue and McKinley Parkway, in South Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department wrote on Twitter late Monday. Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda's commitment to being a green, energy-conscious community could add up to some green in town coffers, as well. The town completed a series of actions -- including a discount solar installation plan, solar code training and the purchase of an electric vehicle and electric charging station for town use -- in order to be designated a Clean Energy Comm…

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Contributors have donated or pledged $107 million to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, exceeding a capital campaign goal of $100 million set in 2015. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the final tally Monday evening in the Catholic Center on Main Street. "Raising $107 million by Western New Yorkers for Western New York has never been done before," Malone said in a sta…

Crime

Caleb E. Bell Jr. admitted Monday that he set fire to the Lockport house in which his mother had died less than three weeks before. Bell, 35, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to third-degree arson for the Nov. 8, 2016, blaze that heavily damaged the interior of the house at 605 E. High St. Bell's mother, Holly Seiler, was found dead in her second-floor bedroom…

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Two City of Tonawanda residents were charged with felony drug possession with intent to sell following an investigation by City of Tonawanda police and the Niagara County Drug Task Force last week at 139 Grove St. Assisted by the Town of Tonawanda K-9 drug dog, officers seized heroin, crack cocaine and Fentanyl, according to police. Cassie L. Poppenberg, 35, and Juan…

Business

Reduced CSX rail service to the General Mills plant in Buffalo could negatively affect the cereal maker's operations, two elected leaders said. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins said they were "distressed" to learn CSX was reducing its twice-daily service to the South Michigan Avenue plant to just once a day, and that General Mills was given "only limited…

Art

Oct. 1, 1942 – Oct. 10, 2017 Sylvester J. Ferrari and his wife, Kathryn, moved from the Buffalo area to Cleveland in 1968, but they never severed their connections to Western New York. Devoted collectors of works by regional artists from Buffalo and Cleveland, they were major donors to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, including loaning their own art work. They al…

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The Holiday Market on Bidwell opens for the first time this season Saturday, according to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. Shoppers can find the holiday market inside St. John's Grace Episcopal Church at 51 Colonial Circle, near its regular outdoor market at Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway. It opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue operation for eight consecutive …