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A series of postcards showing off different portions of Main Street give a fantastic look back at the Village of Williamsville and how it’s changed since the 1960s. [Column: You live in Williamsville? No, You don't.] Government buildings on the east side of Main are a mix of old and new. The building that once housed the Amherst Police is now the Williamsvil…

Erie County is taking the first step toward turning a significant portion of the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site from an industrial wasteland into an industrial park. With a deal in place for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to acquire nearly 148 acres of land along Route 5 from Dona Street to the south and just beyond Ridge Road to the north, county of…

NIAGARA FALLS - City police charged a 79th Street man with driving while intoxicated after a two-car rollover crash Tuesday afternoon that sent a woman to the hospital. At about 3:45 p.m., an Oldsmobile Bravado driven by John T. Wheeler, 48, ran a stop sign on Edison Avenue and struck a Dodge Neon heading north on 72nd, according to a police report. A police officer…

The conversion of the long-vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga into a new $20 million warehouse and distribution complex got a boost Wednesday when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved $2.5 million in tax breaks for the project. Benderson Development plans to demolish about half of the plaza and renovate the rest into a four-building complex at …

A drug outsourcing company in the Town of Tonawanda is getting $1.2 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to build a $5.6 million manufacturing facility in the Riverview Solar Technology Park. The 25,000-square-foot facility for Pine Pharmaceuticals will include several clean rooms and will provide the company with nearly six times the…

All it took was a $16,000 check to end the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's dilemma over whether or not it should claw back tax breaks from the Town of Tonawanda manufacturer after a slump in its key energy markets caused it to break its job creation promises. After months of debate over whether to claw back all of the tax breaks from the company, rescind onl…

Mayor Byron W. Brown, who is also chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, said Wednesday he is “leaning” toward endorsing former Labor Secretary Tom Perez for national party chairman. But the mayor added he will head to Atlanta for a meeting of the Democratic National Committee this weekend still officially undecided. Perez, a Buffalo native, and Rep…

NIAGARA FALLS - A 16-year-old girl was attacked Tuesday night in Gill Creek Park by a man who tried pulling down her pants, according to police. The teen said the attack happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. She told police she was approached by a man who started with small talk but then asked questions "of a sexual nature," Niagara Falls Police Chief of Detecives Kelly Rizz…

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island. But Sam Hoyt said local officials who believe, based on conversations with him, that the Goat Island lodge proposal is dead haven't got the stor…

The HAWK is flying high again at Hilbert College. HAWK Radio, a web-based radio station that was grounded and silent for most of last year, is again spinning tunes for the Hamburg campus. The college station resumed webcasts this past January with new webcasting software and a new location inside Hilbert's Digital Media and Communication lab. The station plays modern…

It's official. Construction of the $270 million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is 85 percent complete and on schedule to open in November. After breaking ground in October 2014, the last of the building’s physical structure – consisting of steel columns and beams, a metal deck and reinforced concrete floors – is wrapped up, Kaleida Health officials announced. …

LOCKPORT - Those who abuse animals in Niagara County will find it harder to avoid being listed on the county's animal abuser registry, if a proposed new law passes the County Legislature. Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso said the amended law, which he and three colleagues introduced Tuesday, is aimed at preventing those charged with animal cruelty or neglect from e…

August 28, 1940 - January 30, 2017 Sheila A. Diebold, whose love of wildlife and art benefitted two leading cultural institutions, died Jan. 30 in Buffalo General Hospital, after a brief illness. She was 76. Born in New York City, the former Sheila Aldrich attended Chapin School, two blocks from her Manhattan home, where she was a top student and "a terrific athl…

LOCKPORT - A 14-year-old boy who fled the scene of a fire at a Lockport tire recycling plant is not responsible for the death of the friend he left behind, according to the boy's attorney. The dead boy, Joseph Phillips, could have run away too, said A. Angelo DiMillo, who is representing the 14-year-old in a Family Court trial that started Wednesday morning. In his ope…

LITTLE VALLEY - Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies early Wednesday morning charged a Salamanca man with assault and child endangerment after a domestic incident on Pigeon Valley Road. Deven J. Redeye, 21, injured the victim "in very close proximity" to a 9-year-old child, the Sheriff's Office said. The incident happened at about 2:45 a.m. Deputies charged Redeye w…