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Joseph D. McDonald, chief executive officer of Catholic Health, plans to step down from the hospital system in early 2018 after more than 15 years in the role. He will leave as an influential leader who played a key role in shaping the region's health care landscape. McDonald, a transplanted Southerner from Tennessee who arrived in late 2002, is the third president …

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate keeps creeping higher. The local jobless rate rose to 5.2 percent during August, up from 4.9 percent a year ago, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The region's unemployment rate now has increased for five straight months as the pace of hiring locally has cooled, although jobless levels still are hovering around a 10-year l…

The bank with the green flag is teaming up with Gang Green. M&T Bank on Tuesday announced a multiyear partnership with the New York Jets, making M&T the official community bank of the team. The dollar value and specific number of years of the deal were not disclosed. But the agreement expands on the NFL team affiliations the bank already has with the Buf…

Don't call it a food court. The food hall planned for a former Red Lobster storefront outside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is a destination in itself, says its developer, the Niagara Falls-based Mercado Development. Dubbed Hip City, the "chef-driven" food hall will host a mix of local and regional eateries that will share communal dining space. At 16,000 squa…

Here's what you need to know to save yourself a hefty fine: Parking rules are in effect 365 days a year, even on legal holidays. But ticketing tends to slow down quite a bit on holidays. The three least-ticketed days in 2016 – and the only days when fewer than 100 tickets were written: Christmas, July 4 and Easter. But there's good news about those meters – keep r…

Many parking meters and pay-and-display machines in heavily ticketed areas, including Chippewa Street and Hertel Avenue, lack information about when motorists must pay to park. Not knowing the hours or days leads to confusion and in some cases, unexpected parking tickets, said Hillary Collura, who co-owns Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill on Delaware Avenue just north o…

Buffalo Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said enforcement officers aren't ticketing busy areas to make more money for the city. They're there, he said, because it's where the most parking violations occur. "The areas that have the most density are where you are going to get the most people violating the laws, and our job is to enforce the law," Helfer said. "People don…

The brisk business along Hertel Avenue has brought more than crowds and traffic. The onslaught of Day-Glo orange parking tickets makes the North Buffalo commercial strip among the most-ticketed stretches in the city. Last year, Buffalo's parking enforcement officers wrote 1,441 parking tickets between Sterling Avenue and Admiral Road, and they issued 1,275 between Sterl…

Most of the parking tickets in Buffalo are concentrated in more-affluent areas of the city, including commercial strips with parking meters. Half of the blocks in the city averaged one parking ticket per month or fewer in 2016. Only 5 percent of the blocks in Buffalo accounted for more than 50 percent of the parking tickets. Most of the heavily ticketed blocks were in t…

One man is suspected of robbing three banks and trying to rob a fourth over the last eight days in Buffalo. Buffalo police posted an image of the suspect on the department's Facebook page on Tuesday morning and asked the public for information to help identify him. All four crimes have happened since Sept. 11, police said. The robber last struck an M&T bank branc…

The Rosanna Elizabeth Visual and Performing Arts Center has been a labor of love – and frustration – for Rachel Heckl. But it's become a source of irritation for her neighbors. For more than three years, Heckl and a team of partners have planned, designed and sought financing for the West Side arts facility that they want to locate in a former church, at Richmond…

Taxpayers in Hamburg Central and Frontier Central school districts can pay school taxes at three M&T Bank branches in Hamburg. Payments by check, bank check or money order will be accepted at M&T branches located at 23 Lake Ave., 5771 Camp Road and 6000 South Park Ave. Residents also may continue to pay their taxes in person at the town clerk’s office in To…

Dan Syracuse and Tim Herzog have been throwing beer-tasting gatherings every fall in Western New York for the last 28 years. Let's just say that the co-owner of Pizza Plant and leader of Flying Bison Brewing Company have had lots of company in recent years. They are among the old guard of a regional craft movement that got its start three decades ago – with the ope…