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For the more than quarter-century that George D. Maziarz reigned supreme over Niagara County Republican politics, paying for elections never posed a problem for his brimming campaign treasury. Indeed, during the two years now scrutinized by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state senator from Newfane regularly checked in with around three-quarters …

As Sumitomo Rubber USA prepares for the first phase of a major expansion of its Tonawanda tire plant, company officials are asking for sales and property tax breaks to assist the costly project. A subsidiary of the Japanese company has applied to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for an incentive package that includes $245,000 in sales tax breaks on materi…

When it comes to technology jobs, the Buffalo Niagara region still is one of the industry’s backwaters. That’s a problem, because employment in the technology sector across the country is booming, growing roughly three times faster than the overall pace of U.S. job growth. Even worse, at a time of such rapid growth nationwide, the Buffalo Niagara region’s techn…

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Friday that he wants family members provided with "more timely, detailed and accurate information" when their loved ones are hurt in a nursing home. Poloncarz also signed an executive order creating a county website publicizing the rankings of nursing homes in Erie County. "We can do this immediately," Poloncarz said Friday m…

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In many ways, Paris Adams and David Tyler represent the heart and soul of SABAH – Spirited Athletes Bold at Heart. Tyler’s never met a person he couldn’t compliment. “Is that the beautiful Sheila?” he always asks in greeting Sheila O’Brien, the skating association’s executive director. It doesn’t matter that Tyler’s been totally blind since birth. …

Buffalo police have identified the city's latest homicide victim as Luis Flores, 24. Flores was shot Sunday afternoon in the 1100 block of East Ferry Street, near Bissell Avenue, police said. No one has been charged in the slaying. Flores becomes the 16th homicide victim of the year in Buffalo. Police ask anyone who may have information about the fatal shooting to…

Yemen native Nourah Ali is fluent in English and often helps American newcomers communicate with the world outside their Buffalo community. Almost daily, she serves as an Arabic interpretor for family members, friends and neighbors. She translates verbal conversations for them, deciphers important documents and other written information and helps them navigate government…

A Buffalo man out on bail faces new drug charges following a drug overdose death on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Miguel Parrilla, 29, was arrested Wednesday on Grand Island, accused of possessing more than 5 ounces of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and about 100 Xanax pills, the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators also found a scale with …

The owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street are getting ready to start the second phase of redeveloping the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building, after successfully completing and leasing out the first part of a $4.5 million project. Tri-Main Development LLC is seeking approval from the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday to renovate a three-story building at 45 Je…

ALBANY – The congressional Republicans' attempt to force the state to assume counties’ expenses for Medicaid placed five New York county executives in an awkward position. The five are the only Democratic county executives in New York, and for years they have called on Albany to relieve them of the obligation to pay for part of Medicaid, the insurance program for el…

A Buffalo woman was charged with drug possession and a Buffalo man was charged with driving offenses after they were stopped on Main Street in Amherst early Thursday morning. Monique J. Miller, 21, a passenger in the car stopped at 4:16 a.m. in the 3500 block of Main Street, was charged with a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance an…

The City of Tonawanda's $1.25 million Niawanda Park Pavilion along the picturesque Niagara River is a popular spot for private event rentals on weekends, but the city is discussing ways to make the site more profitable, including hiring a private management team. The enclosed waterfront pavilion is booked through 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But it remains un…

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes. A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for town board.  Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years of involvement in town gover…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…

Buffalo police and firefighters found no evidence of a methamphetamine lab in a home on the city's West Side on Friday morning. Officials were called to investigate a home on the 300 block of Potomac Avenue, at the corner of Hoyt Street. There had been a large presence of police and firefighters. "There were some indicators there," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Gar…