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ALBANY – A woman making sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Cuomo administration economic official Sam Hoyt stopped speaking with state investigators when she felt the inquiries would not be fair, her lawyer said Monday. Paul Liggieri, a Manhattan lawyer representing Lisa Marie Cater of Buffalo in a newly filed federal lawsuit, conceded Monday tha…

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Josie DiVincenzo talks the talk – in several different accents, as a matter of fact. And she walks the walk – as a successful stage, screen and film actor, adjunct professor at Niagara University, acting coach and scenic artist. A conversation with this North Buffalo native is engaging, far-ranging – and, upon request – peppered with stories of personal encou…

An Attica woman was arrested on drunk driving charges by Orchard Park police Monday after the car she was driving rear-ended another vehicle, police said. Police said they received a call about 5 p.m. from a motorist who warned of a possible drunk driver on Jewett Holmwood Road. Officers checked the immediate area but couldn’t locate the red Chrysler van. A short t…

A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute the synthetic drug methylenedioxy methamphetamine, also known as "Molly." Barrett Johnson, 34, could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 8 by District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said Johns…

Erie County

A $33.4 million spending plan for the Town of Lancaster was approved by the Town Board with one official sounding off about runaway spending. "We're still a growing town and our revenues are coming in healthy, but I am concerned," said Council Member Ronald Ruffino. "The bottom line is our spending has increased 7.3 percent over two years." Tax rates for non-village…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Planning Board gave its backing Monday to the planned redevelopment of the former Ascension Church at North Street and Linwood Avenue, despite the rejection of the very same proposal by the city Preservation Board last week. Board members acknowledged the ruling by the other agency but noted that they are bound by the city's Green Code, not the Preservation Bo…

Business

Dawn H. Burlew, director of business development at Corning Enterprises, was named to the board of Five Star Bank's parent company. Warsaw-based Financial Institutions expanded its board by one director, to 12 members, and named Burlew to fill the position. Burlew has worked at Corning Inc. for more than 30 years and has served in her current role at Corning Enter…

Business

John R. Scannell, chairman and CEO of Moog Inc., was named to M&T Bank Corp.'s board of directors. Scannell, of East Aurora, joined Moog, an Elma-based control systems manufacturer, in 1990. He was named the company's CEO in 2011 and its chairman in 2014. Scannell earned his MBA from Harvard University, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrica…

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Construction is expected to begin next spring on a new five-story mixed-use apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, after the city Planning Board gave its stamp of approval Monday night. John and Ruth Ann Daly, owners of O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build a 34-unit apartment complex with underground parking on the site of a lo…

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ALBANY – New York and Canada have had some high-profile disputes this decade over Peace Bridge project, and dairy exports into Canada and Quebec. Now, add iron and steel to the list. Legislation passed in June adds “Buy American” provisions for bridge and road projects in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wanted an even tougher provision, supported the legisla…

A decision on whether to allow a proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard was delayed until next month. The Amherst Town Board agreed to hold off on making a decision on a zoning change until its Dec. 11 meeting. The Planning Board last month voted, 5-1, to recommend rezoning the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard…

Buffalo

November has settled into its pattern. For the third time in about a week, a storm system with a trailing cold front today will bring a roller coaster of temperatures and conditions to the Buffalo Niagara region. Here's what to expect: Today:  The main weather-maker will be the wind ahead of an approaching cold front. Southwesterly winds could gust as high as …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French writer and philosopher Voltaire, born on this date in 1694, “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.” . . . TIME OF NEED – John Wier, of South Buffalo, survived stomach cancer 25 years ago, but now he’s facing Stage 4 lymphoma. To help pay for his uninsured medical expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from…

Amherst

For the first time in two years, the Amherst Town Board on Monday held an up-or-down vote on a key element of the massive Westwood mixed-use project: a statement detailing the development's likely environmental effects. The Town Board voted to accept the report, known as a final generic environmental impact statement, which was prepared by a consultant hired by the tow…

The Buffalo Police and Buffalo Fire departments, along with other emergency agencies, were reported to be at the scene of a possible meth lab operation on Monday evening in the first block of Macamley Street, between South Park Avenue and McKinley Parkway, in South Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department wrote on Twitter late Monday. Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda's commitment to being a green, energy-conscious community could add up to some green in town coffers, as well. The town completed a series of actions -- including a discount solar installation plan, solar code training and the purchase of an electric vehicle and electric charging station for town use -- in order to be designated a Clean Energy Comm…