WASHINGTON – Chris Collins put his money down on a small New Zealand biotech firm more than 15 years ago, back when he was just a businessman. He stuck with the company after he became Erie County executive and after he became a member of Congress in 2013. Then last August, he put even more money down on the company now known as Innate Immunotherapeutics and based in…

A public hearing on plans to convert the Scajaquada Expressway will be held next week, the state Department of Transportation announced. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Olmsted School 64, 874 Amherst St. It was initially scheduled for Dec. 14 but was postponed because of weather. For a look at what's at stake, specifics on what the state wants to do,…

  LOCKPORT -  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to require counties to hold public votes on sharing services with localities as a way to reduce county property taxes is not going to help counties, Niagara County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNal says. In his State of the County address Tuesday night's Legislature meeting, The Republican legislator from Lockp…

David S. Mingoia has held the title of interim executive director and chief financial officer of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency but that is about to change, The board of directors is remove the interim tag when it meets Friday. Mingoia has held the positions on an interim basis since April 15, when James J. Allen retired after 36 years overseeing the agenc…

Eita Nanda, a Kenmore West 11th grade student, has won first place in the grade 9 to 12 division of the  Healthy Choices Art and Poetry Contest. The contest was sponsored by Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She was recently honored, along with other award winners, parents and educators, at an event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Students were…

A woman struck by a vehicle on Eggert Road near Main Street in Amherst on Wednesday morning has died, according to Amherst police. The woman, described as middle aged, was struck at about 7:30 a.m. Investigators were told she was crossing Eggert to get back to her car after leaving Mass at St. Benedict church, said Amherst Police Capt. Patrick M. McKenna. Initial po…

The Town of Amherst has been awarded $4.85 million from a state fund to repair the bridge that carries JJ Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo, town officials announced. The money is from the state's 2016 BRIDGE NY program. Recommended projects were identified on the basis of a competitive scoring process and consideration of available fund…

Theodore T. Hill led police on car chase Monday night when his vehicle sideswiped several parked cars in the city's Riverside District. Hill 19, of Page Street was spotted  about 11 p.m. Monday driving without headlights and failing to stop at the stop sign on Gallatin Avenue and Hunt Avenue, according to police. Though officers tried to force him to park, he drove of…

Bernard A. Tolbert, the former FBI agent and 2013 Democratic candidate for mayor, is making serious inquiries about challenging Republican incumbent Timothy B. Howard for Erie County sheriff this year. Tolbert, a Buffalo native who supervised the FBI’s Buffalo office and later headed security for the National Basketball Association, said he harbors a “very strong in…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will sponsor a “public conversation” regarding Metro Bus service in Lackawanna  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Ave., Lackawanna. Officials said the meeting will focus on transit initiatives and the transportation needs of local residents.

Members of the Buffalo School Board are expected to consider Wednesday night a second resolution seeking the removal of Carl P. Paladino from his elected position. In this attempt, Board Member Sharon Belton-Cottman makes the argument that Paladino should be removed from the board because he shared information that was discussed in executive session. District policy p…

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from “Winnie-the-Pooh” author A.A. Milne, born on this date in 1882: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words, like ‘What about lunch?’ ” . . . GRAB A PLATE – Homemade chili, bread, salad, dessert and beverages are on the menu as New Hope United Methodist Church,…

The assessed value of land at the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst was reduced by nearly two-thirds under a settlement the Amherst Town Board approved Tuesday night. The settlement will end a civil action brought against the town by an investor group that bought the club five years ago and is planning a $250 million mixed-use project there. Town Assessor David…

LOCKPORT -- State Police said they  charged Lucile C. Lillenthal, 22, of Amherst, with driving impaired by drugs and marijuana possession after she was found in a parked SUV outside a Town of Lockport apartment complex Saturday. Troopers had been called to the site after getting a disturbance call involving an allegedly heated argument between and man and a woman, who …

John Munson, 54, of Ridgewood Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated after a property damage accident was reported in the 2000 block of South Park Avenue just after midnight Tuesday. Police said Munson refused to submit to field sobriety or chemical tests to determine his blood alcohol content, according to an arrest report.