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Buffalo has long taken pride in its parks, but a national nonprofit group ranks the Queen City's system as near the middle among cities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land puts Buffalo's parks at No. 58 among the 100 biggest cities in terms of its "ParkScore," which looks at park acreage, public access, investment and amenities, the group said. The organization, wh…

Grand Island bridge tolls are not just taking money from pocketbooks and time spent idling in traffic but could also be taking a toll on people's health. The group WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal took a new tack on Thursday – with an educational summit to talk about how idling traffic at toll barriers affects toxicity in the air. The group is pushing for …

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins faces challenges that might be enough to knock off a typical politician: a stock investment that led to an ethics investigation, deep ties to an unpopular president – and the occasional habit of saying something controversial. But, so far, 17 months before his next election, the Clarence Republican lacks the most important challenge. …

A pedestrian was seriously injured Thursday when two vehicles collided in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, authorities said. The drivers of both vehicles also were injured, Niagara Falls Police said. The crash happened at about 10 a.m. when a vehicle traveling west on Niagara Falls Boulevard moved into the left lane and struck a second vehicle before cross…

Officials from eight Erie County municipalities announced Thursday their support for state legislation that would create a tax credit for homeowners that incur costs due to the emerald ash borer. A bill sponsored by State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, would provide a tax credit to property owners who have to treat or remove an ash tree due to an infestation of the emeral…

After sidestepping press inquiries and making a last-minute changes to its agenda, the Erie County Water Authority board Thursday morning unanimously appointed its former chairman, Earl L. Jann Jr., as executive director at a salary of more than $145,000. No mention of the appointment was listed on the board's draft agenda sent to reporters late Wednesday afternoon. …

If there was a theme song for retail in 2017, it would be “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. While there have always been store closures in retail, they’ve been coming fast and furious for the past few years. It has left enclosed shopping centers especially vulnerable. Malls have been left scrambling to fill tenant vacancies or struggling to reinvent themselv…

Here's a look at the stores that have come and gone in area malls since 2016. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/25/retail-free-fall/ Boulevard Mall What’s Out: • Sears • Game Stop • PacSun • Foot Locker • Hollister • Aeropostale • Jainlee • Littman Jewelers • Mastercuts • The Limited • 5-7-9 • Regis Salons What’s In: • P…

The Tonawanda Housing Authority doesn't have a website, but its employees used office computers for online shopping and to browse porn sites. That was one of the findings – along with unfair treatment of tenants, high vacancy rates and missed opportunities to receive revenue – of a critical audit of the City of Tonawanda authority that was released Thursday by state…

A 42-year-old man who killed his mother during an argument in her South Buffalo home was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. Froilan Torres, of Rochester, was visiting Gloria Rivera, 57, on Oct. 9. Family members said Torres and his fiancee planned to move back to Buffalo and live near Rivera's home at 1704 South Park Ave. An argument started when Rivera told Torr…

Buffalo police identified the body of the man pulled from the Niagara River on Tuesday morning as Tyler Harrington, 48. Harrington, of West Utica Street, had been reported missing and was last seen May 8. His body was recovered near Unity Island. Police have said they did not suspect foul play. Harrington was described as a talented musician and artist by The Buffalo…

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that. A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destin…

The motorcyclist killed Wednesday night ran a stop sign and was ejected from the bike when he collided with an SUV, Buffalo police said Thursday. The crash happened at 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Roesch and Condon avenues near Riverside Park. Police have not identified the 25-year-old Buffalo motorcyclist, who authorities said died at the scene. He was heading n…

Bail was revoked Thursday morning for a motorist accused of running down and severely injuring three pedestrians on Richmond Avenue in the first hour of the new year. Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 31, has been free on $100,000 bail following his arrest at the scene of the New Year's Eve crash on charges of drunken driving. However, an Erie County grand jury recently indicted Jaf…

Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-…

A Town of Tonawanda woman is accused of stealing about $1,900 in jewelry from a relative's home, according to City of Tonawanda police. Christina M. McConnell, 25, told police she took rings and other pieces of jewelry earlier this month and pawned the items to get money for a "pill addiction," police said. Police said they are attempting to recover the items from a…