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New Erie Community College President Dan Hocoy isn't wasting time changing how the college operates. Hocoy, who took over as the college's 11th president earlier this month, already has reorganized some of the college's senior executive staff. A vice president and an associate vice president lost their jobs. Hocoy said he made the moves to create a more efficient ad…

Amazon is hoping job seekers will find its hiring bonanza a prime opportunity next week. The online retailing juggernaut will hold open interviews Wednesday to fill jobs at its distribution center in Lancaster. It's part of a larger Jobs Day initiative to hire 50,000 employees at its hiring hubs across the country. The interviews will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wedn…

The death of a 51-year-old man found Tuesday afternoon on Eagle Street has been ruled a suicide, Buffalo police said. The man, from West Seneca, was found shortly before 4 p.m. on the sidewalk next to the Robert B. Adam Parking ramp at Eagle and Washington streets. A police spokesman said it appears the man jumped from the ramp. A woman committed suicide by jumpin…

Eight years after rejecting the idea of installing cameras at intersections to catch drivers who run red lights, Buffalo officials are again considering the proposal after a rash of recent hit-and-run accidents,  including two fatalities. University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt is holding a public hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Common Council chambers  to ex…

Work has started to shore up parts of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street to prepare it for a new use as Ellicott Development Co. moves forward with a plan to build a six-story office and retail building next door. Structural repairs are underway so that work can be done safely on the church near Main and Best streets, said William Paladino, chief executive office…

Whole Foods Market is starting to hire at its Amherst supermarket that is set to open in September. The national chain within the last week posted 27 job openings on its website, ranging from meat and seafood cutter to cashier's assistant. The company has received more than 1,100 applications and will begin interviews next week with the assistance of the state Labor Dep…

The Town of Orchard Park should adopt written policies relating to cash receipts in the recreation department, according to a state audit. "They just wanted us to tweak a few things over there," said Patrick Keem, a supervisor. Auditors from the office of Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli looked at financial records and reports for the period from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 2…

Daemen College and D’Youville College are teaming up to offer a quicker path to advanced degrees in pharmacy and public health. The two colleges have agreed on a graduate program that will allow students to earn a pharmacy doctoral degree from D'Youville and a public health master's degree from Daemen in five years, instead of the traditional six years. In addition…

If you measured joy by the penny, you couldn't find a happier place than the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. From the gently moving vintage rides for little ones to the beautifully restored 1928 Herschell-Spillman carousel enjoyed by everyone from babies to seniors, the compact park is a throwback to a simpler time. In that simpler time, a dollar was a fortune. So at the…

Scammers are telling victims in Orleans County that they won a monetary prize that claims to be coming from Publishers Clearing House, according to Orleans County Sheriff's deputies. A letter and a counterfeit check for $7,897 were recently mailed to an Orleans County resident, though investigators contacted SunTrust Bank, which told them this scam was happening nationw…

April 28, 1925 – July 24, 2017 Her family in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, feared that C. Bhargavi Rao would never get married. The second oldest of seven children and the only daughter, she defied her parents’ wishes and insisted on getting an education. At that time, school was not considered a priority for girls, and they commonly became brid…

Darnel Galiore, 26, is accused of entering a woman's home Saturday evening and pouring bleach and cooking oil over her clothes, according to Buffalo police. The incident caused more than $250 in damage to the woman's property. Before leaving, he also took her cellphone, police said. Galiore was charged with burglary in the second degree.

Almost 23 Olympic-sized swimming pools of contaminated soil are being excavated and hauled away for disposal from a remediation project in the shadow of the Father Baker Bridge. A few weeks ago, work on the $7.4 million project started on the 20-acre parcel at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park, which motorists on Route 5 see on the north side of the Union Ship Canal. …

The largest number of wild turkey flocks in 15 years was counted across New York State by citizen volunteers last August. The state Department of Environmental Conservation hopes to build on that success when the 2017 Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey starts next Tuesday. Interested citizens are encouraged to record observations of wild turkey in August as a way to …

The power of incumbency, a City Hall machine, and the bully pulpit are all advantages for an incumbent like Byron W. Brown as he seeks a fourth mayoral term this year. But Mark J.F. Schroeder is equally adept at summoning all his powers as Buffalo comptroller. He and his staff are churning out news releases and audits critical of Brown – all part of his duties as Buff…