NIAGARA FALLS – The new $43 million Niagara Falls Amtrak Train Station at 825 Depot Avenue West was met with cheers when it opened Tuesday after years of planning. There has always been a train station in the city, but having a new facility may prompt some locals to plan a getaway via train. So where can you go from here by train? Here's what Amtrak says: A…

A two-building medical office park on Maple Road in Amherst is on the selling block, after a loan servicer took possession of the property on behalf of investors following a loan foreclosure. CWCapital Asset Management LLC is trying to unload the 20,000-square-foot MedFour Medical Park at 1825-1829 Maple, on 2.16 acres at the southeast corner with Ayer Road. The two-…

The Southtowns has long needed a new hockey complex. There are now plans to build two in Hamburg, including one with former Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta as a partner. Liberatore Management Group and Ellicott Development are finalizing plans with the Kaleta Group for a 186,000-square-foot sports and entertainment complex in Hamburg, The Buffalo News has learned. The rec…

LOCKPORT - There are more than 100 abandoned homes in the City of Lockport, and city officials are looking for ways to keep them from dragging down the neighborhoods where they're located. One idea, being tried for the first time in Lockport on Tuesday, Dec. 13 is to require the winning bidder for a particular home at the annual tax foreclosure auction to live there for…

There is still opposition to closing the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center, despite assurances made by the State Office of Mental Health that it has addressed concerns about the state's plans to move juvenile psychiatric patients from the West Seneca facility into the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Last month, the state agency announced that it would begin see…

JAMESTOWN -- Maiker  E. Anderson, 20,  was captured Wednesday after a short foot race with officers, Jamestown police reported. Officers charged the  Jamestown man with possessing crack cocaine ready for street sales, Jamestown Police reported Thursday. Officers attempted to check on Anderson as he was  walking down Foote about 5:45 p.m. chased him when he tried …

Lake-effect snow throughout Friday will add another four to eight inches to Southern Tier counties, but Buffalo and suburban towns are not expected to get any significant snowfall, said David Thomas, meteorologist for National Weather Service. "Light snow showers will bring no accumulation to the city," Thomas said. "The same for the suburbs of Cheektowaga, West Seneca …

The fire in an apartment on the ninth floor apartment of the Sedita Apartments at Summer Street and Richmond Avenue early Wednesday afternoon caused $40,000 damage, Buffalo Fire Department officials reported Thursday. No injuries were reported in the fire that was called in about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Damage was listed at $20,000 to the building and $20,000 to contents. …

A fire that began near the front door of the house at 35 Hidden Pond Lane in Amherst Thursday night was quickly extinguished but caused $40,000 damage, according to Chief Paul Griebner of the Snyder Fire Department. The fire was called in about 7  p.m. Thursday and was out within about 15 minutes but the smoke caused prompted  the three adult occupants to contact thei…

Talk of Uber may be everywhere in the Buffalo region, but the ride-sharing service is still nowhere to be found upstate of the Big Apple, including in New York’s second most populous metro area. Howard Zemsky,  who leds the Empire State Development, drove home that point earlier this week at speaking engagement in the state capital, where he was almost late getting t…

ALBANY – Total spending on New York State Senate 60th District race between Republican Chris Jacobs and Democrat Amber Small cost nearly $2.8 million. The money came from the candidates, party committees and super PACs whose contributors have major business dealings in Albany. That is just below the $3 million spent in the same district race two years earlier, when th…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, N.Y., 100 years ago today, “Pacemaker, crash, stroke. What does it mean? God doesn’t want me now. That’s all.” . . . TODAY’S CATCH – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, holds a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today featuring homemade salads and desserts. …

A fire that began near the front door of a house at 35 Hidden Pond Lane in Amherst Thursday night was put out but caused $40,000 damage, according to Chief Paul Griebner of the Snyder Fire Department. The fire was called in about 7:07 p.m. and was out within about 15 minutes, but heavy smoke caused by the fire forced its three adult occupants to seek temporary housing, …

NIAGARA FALLS – A Lockport man was arraigned Thursday in Niagara Falls City Court on a second-degree murder charge, related to the death of a man being identified by authorities as Daniel Sparks. Sparks' decomposed body was found Tuesday afternoon in overgrown bushes and debris off Mackenna Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. James W. Howard, 27, was ordered…

Orchard Park's Green Lake looks like just a puddle of water, but Thursday it began its journey back to becoming a lake. The 104-year-old lake was drained last year for dredging, but town officials closed the lake's lower dam gate Thursday so that it could begin filling with water. "It's up to Mother Nature and the Lord," Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem …