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A century ago, the area now known as Larkinville in Buffalo was a densely packed community, with restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, a bowling alley, ice cream shops and other businesses, with apartments above. "I think there were 40 restaurants and bars from Van Rensselaer Street to Smith Street," said Howard Zemsky, the businessman-turned-developer-turned-state-o…

Rep. Brian Higgins on Monday called preserving federal historic tax credits necessary for Buffalo's continued resurgence. "There is not a better national model for the success of this program than Buffalo, New York," Higgins said. Developers and preservationists joined him at the old Shea’s Seneca Theatre on Seneca Street in South Buffalo. Higgins, D-Buffalo, sa…

Twenty-one public school superintendents in Erie and Niagara counties on Monday publicly opposed a referendum to hold a constitutional convention in a letter to "partners in education." New York voters will decide whether to hold a convention that could rewrite the state's constitution. The superintendents are concerned that key provisions could be lost in a rewritten d…

A candidate for Hamburg Town Board is getting some support from the lieutenant governor. Kathy Hochul will visit the Village of Hamburg Monday to campaign for Laura Palisano Hackathorn. Hackathorn is a village trustee who is running for one of the four-year terms on the Town Board - the very place Hochul began her career in elective office. Hackathorn said Hochul wi…

A former Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station employee, found to have downloaded child pornography onto his work computer, avoided jail time Monday. Cory MacPhee, 51, of Plank Road, Cambria, was placed on probation for 10 years by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Kloch also rated MacPhee a Level 1 sex offender, the least severe classification. Niagara…

A City of Lockport man who grew marijuana in his home pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court. Graham D. Manners, 54, of Lock Street, was charged after the county Drug Task Force raided the home April 25 and seized 7.55 pounds of marijuana, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. Manners faces up to 18 months in state prison when he returns before Jud…

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will accept public comments on a planned 243-acre expansion of a rock quarry in the Town of Lockport through mid-November. The DEC announced last Thursday it accepted Lafarge North America's completed application of its draft environmental impact statement for project, which involves substantial excavation on a new site…

Fredonia water customers will need to continue boiling their drinking water until at least Tuesday and possibly longer, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported Monday morning on the state's alert system. A water main break caused the boil-water advisory on Saturday. It affects all water customers of the village water system in Fredonia and nearby town of Po…

Buffalo police expect 5,000 to 10,000 law enforcement officers from across the United States and Canada to attend Officer Craig E. Lehner's funeral on Wednesday at the KeyBank Center, a Buffalo police official said Monday. Lehner's K-9 dog, Shield, will follow the casket into the arena for what could be the largest police funeral ever held in Western New York.  Abou…

Delivery of McDonald's food through UberEats is now available through 12 McDonald's restaurants in Buffalo and Amherst. Customers can place McDonald’s orders on the UberEats mobile app or on UberEats.com, with the same account they use to take Uber rides and track their order. The full menu at participating McDonald’s restaurants will be available as part of "M…

Two new bridges on Bailey Avenue over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek are expected to open to traffic this week, according to Rep. Brian Higgins' office. A pair of nearly 90-year-old bridges, located between Elk Street and McKinley Parkway, were replaced in the $22 million project. Construction began in July 2016. Thousands of motorists cross the bridges on a d…

The opiate epidemic in Erie County is taking lives at a rate of 1.5 per day. A community training workshop in opioid overdose recognition and Naloxone use will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway. Members of the public will learn about the symptoms of drug overdose and how to administer Naloxone via nasal sp…

One of Buffalo's warmest Octobers on record could end with the region's first snow flakes of the season, according to early forecasts. Successive shots of cold air will barrage the Buffalo Niagara region starting mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. After two more days of unseasonably warm air (interrupted with some wind and rain association with a pa…

For nearly 40 years, state and federal officials looked into cleaning up radioactive hot spots in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. The owners of those contaminated properties, frustrated by years of inaction, are now suing in federal court in Buffalo. The new suit, filed just a week after Sen. Charles Schumer raised questions about the clean-up delays, identifies three al…

ALBANY – If there is a single item on the statewide ballot on Nov. 7 that is 100 percent certain to pass, it’s Proposal 2. After nearly a generation of relentless headlines about corruption cases in Albany, voters are being asked if they want to strip pensions from state and local government officials who commit felonies related to their work. The proposed change…

The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors next year. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have been he…