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The owners of the former Westwood Country Club asked a judge to put the brakes on the Amherst Town Board's "accelerated" review of their proposal to redevelop the 170-acre site, mostly into homes. Mensch Capital Partners filed suit Monday in State Supreme Court — hours before a public hearing on the project's environmental impact — seeking to prevent the hearing and…

Lancaster Town officials voted Monday night to curb runaway development by imposing a moratorium on rezoning that could conflict with an impending comprehensive plan. The six-month freeze  would stop the processing of rezoning applications and avoid land use development that could counter the master plan that officials hope to complete by March 2018. Lancaster Town …

Steve Metz, the father of 14-year-old James Metz who was killed in a plane collision in 2014, thanked the Lancaster Town Board Monday night for allowing the installation of signage at Keysa Park's twin basketball courts. The James Metz Memorial Basketball Courts were rebuilt in September 2016 to mark the life of James, who was killed along with the pilot when two small …

A 17-year-old girl riding a bicycle was seriously injured when she was struck by a motorcycle on Main Street, just east of the Youngmann Expressway Monday night, Amherst police said. At about 9:30 p.m., Justin Clukey, 32, of Williamsville was southbound on North Forest Road when, police said, his motorcycle struck the girl. Police said the girl suffered serious injur…

Uber drivers will be doing more, starting Tuesday, than taking passengers from Point A to Point B. Drivers with the ride-sharing company will also be delivering takeout -- from restaurants across the city. UberEATS, an online marketplace, will start bringing prepared meals with the tap of an app, on customers' smartphones. John Feldman, general manager for UberEAT…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought in the wake of the Cleveland winning streak from author Roger Angell, born on this date in 1920, “Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.” . . . HALLS OF IVY – More than 80 schools will be on hand Wednesday e…

Buffalo Police responded to a shooting Monday evening in which the victim reportedly was struck by gunfire multiple times, according to a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department. The shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Donovan Drive, the police spokesman said. The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center and was undergoing surgery, t…

Grand Island firefighters Monday put out a mulch fire that ignited some vinyl siding on a house on Jamestown Road, fire officials said. Firefighters were alerted to the fire shortly before 8 a.m. by a 911 dispatcher who got reports from neighbors that flames were shooting out of a nearby house. According to Dan Mathes, assistant fire chief with the Grand Island Fire …

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration so that he could keep receiving disability benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced on Monday. Ari Elias Baum, 32, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he returns for sentencing Nov. 15 before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. …

West Seneca landlords who don't live in their rental properties will have to register with the town under a landlord licensing law approved by the Town Board Monday night. The law aims at controlling properties -- particularly those owned by absentee landlords -- where there are numerous police calls for nuisance and criminal activities, such as illegal drugs, domestic …

A Pennsylvania teenager was charged with reckless driving for his role in a crash in which he and two others were injured on Sept. 3 in the Town of Mina in Chautauqua County, authorities said. The identity of the driver, 17, was withheld by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office on Monday. He was also charged with 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving…

WASHINGTON – Erin Cole, an Army veteran and former state and federal official who two months ago became the first Democrat to announce plans to challenge Rep. Chris Collins next year, withdrew from the race Monday. Cole announced her withdrawal in a press release, saying: "After exploring this race for the last two months, I have decided to end my campaign. I will sup…

For more than a century, a landmark brick building in downtown Westfield was the center of the region's grape-growing industry. It was the longtime corporate headquarters for Welch Foods Inc., maker of Concord grape juice, jellies and jams, and other snacks. It housed a restaurant and a post office on the first floor at various times. And even after Welch's moved its…

At one point in the music video, one of the party goers looks at a plate piled high with cash and laughs at the small serving. "Oh, we got more," he says with a smile. "We got a lot more." Jurors in a Buffalo murder trial got their first glimpse Monday at a rap music video that prosecutors say is proof of an organized street gang called the Schuele Boys. The gang,…