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Washington developer Douglas Jemal is shifting his plans for the lower portions of One Seneca Tower, trimming back the number of apartments while bringing in more space for retail stores and restaurants. Jemal is turning to the second phase of his planned redevelopment of the tower, even before real construction work begins on the first phase that was already approved.…

Evans Bank's parent company hit a record high for deposits during the second quarter, reaching the $1 billion mark. "We're experiencing exceptional results across all our business lines, despite all the announced competition," said David J. Nasca, president and CEO of Hamburg-based Evans Bancorp. Nasca said the $1 billion in deposits "assures we can continue the so…

WASHINGTON -- "Upper New York" clearly doesn't have a stiff upper lip. Instead, upper lips were quivering with rage all across upstate New York Thursday in reaction to President Trump's suggestion that manufacturing workers may want to leave the region. Leading the outrage was Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, who took to social media to invite the President t…

Jennifer Marchant, a former internet pornography performer who stabbed her boyfriend to death in North Tonawanda four years ago, should not have been convicted, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court concluded. The court majority said the jury got it wrong when it rejected Marchant's claim that she acted in self-defense. Marchant's conviction for first-degree…

M&T Bank finally has the green light to start making deals again, after federal regulators on Thursday lifted a restriction that had been in place for four years. But the long-awaited decision doesn't necessarily mean the Buffalo-based bank is about to embark on a buying spree. "We won't do anything unless it enhances our ability to create value for our c…

Damage at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from the July 20 tornado is estimated to reach $2.5 million to $3 million, but Erie County Fair CEO Dennis Lang said Thursday that insurance will pay for the repairs. "Our insurance coverage will be stressed to the limit," he said. He said 95 percent of the debris has been removed. Repairs to air conditioners, roofs, signs, building …

The grounds of Wheatfield Town Hall are serving as the headquarters for the 118th annual Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention, which opened Thursday and continues through Sunday. Frontier and St. Johnsburg fire companies are hosting the event in a tent city being set up on the town campus, 2800 Church Road. Beer tents with live music are open to t…

Ivan Perez, who armed himself with a machete and barricaded himself in his Niagara Falls bedroom with his two small daughters on the night of Feb. 3-4, accepted a plea offer Thursday. Perez, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree kidnapping in exchange for a pledge from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to sentence him to no more than 10 y…

Thomas M. Bailor, who pleaded guilty to raping a widow in her Niagara Falls apartment Feb. 7, was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision. The 62-year-old victim called Bailor, 58, "a sick sexual predator" and said since the attack, she has been taking drugs for HIV and hepatitis C, just in case he infected her. "You saw an o…

The Niagara Falls Planning Board unanimously rejected a site plan for a five-story, 50-room hotel proposed by the owners of the Caravan Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Falls. The new hotel was to have been built on adjoining lots on Third and Fourth streets, north of Seneca Niagara Casino. The lots are now occupied by a vacant former dental office and a vacant h…

Ellicott Development is hoping Erie County will help it offset the cost of renovating the Buffalo Christian Center as part of a larger, $75 million project to build a new 12-story building on Pearl Street. Ellicott, owned by Carl and William Paladino, is seeking sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the ad…

Attorneys for the feuding partners at the Cellino & Barnes law firm will be in court in Buffalo this afternoon as the bitter battle to break up one of the state's most successful personal injury law firms continues. Buffalo News reporter Melinda Miller will be covering the drama live via Twitter from State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes' court.  You can fol…

Fresh produce from area farmers will continue at Kaminski Park & Gardens on the Roswell Park campus through September. The Wednesday farmers' market will continue during August, despite an earlier announcement that it would suspend it for that month and take a reprieve until September. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the park on the Roswel…

William Geary Jr. is Erie County's new Department of Public Works commissioner. Geary has served as deputy commissioner of the department's Highway Division since 2012. He replaces Charles Sickler, the interim commissioner after former Commissioner John Loffredo retired in January. The county has not yet released his salary information. “Bill Geary is a great choic…

Advancing plans for the new Buffalo Billion-funded Workforce Training Center at the Northland Corridor, the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. authorized its architects to start designing the space for the primary tenants of the main building at 683 Northland Ave. BUDC on Tuesday approved a $342,640 contract with Watts Architecture & Engineering to prepare schematic de…