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Developers shouldn't get tax breaks to build downtown lofts that only affluent people can afford, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. So Poloncarz intends to back a new policy that would require developers seeking local tax breaks for downtown residential projects to include some cheaper apartments in their projects. "If downtown is only available to people…

A four-year-old lawsuit centered on a East Amherst golf course path will head to trial in January in State Supreme Court unless the parties reach a settlement before then. Justice John L. Michalski set aside two weeks at the end of January for the trial to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Ransom Oaks homeowners association in 2013 against the nearby Glen Oak Golf Course…

Officials gathered on a gravel-and-grass covered patch of land at Canalside on Wednesday to mark a major milestone: the beginning of construction on a $27 million project to move the region's children's museum to the waterfront. "This project is going to be game-changing for our region." said David McNamara, chair of Explore & More capital campaign. McNamara was …

WASHINGTON – Two Senate Democrats Wednesday asked the U.S. attorney general to guarantee that any investigation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will continue despite President Trump's firing of Preet Bharara, the New York U.S. attorney who was reported to be leading the probe. ProPublica reported earlier this month that Bharara's office had been inve…

Two restaurants – Bonefish Grill, in the Boulevard Mall, Amherst, and Lombardo Ristorante, 1198 Hertel Ave. – will provide 20 percent of their proceeds on Wednesday and Thursday to Headway of Western New York. Headway, a nonprofit affiliate of People Inc., provides resources, support groups, recreational programs, training and educational programs to survivors and c…

June 2, 1926 – March 25, 2017 The thriving Jewish Community Center on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, with its day-care program and fitness facility, might not be operating today if it weren’t for Ann Holland Cohn and her family. The year was 1995, and Jewish Center officials were weighing whether to close the Delaware Avenue building and sell it, at a time when the …

West Seneca has sweetened the tax exemptions it offers small businesses making improvements to their buildings. The exemption applies to town taxes only, and only where the construction, alteration, installation or improvement exceeds $50,000, according to Town Attorney John Fenz. The Town Board approved changes Monday in the amount of the exemption allowed each year ov…

A Buffalo man accused in two bank robberies last January has pleaded guilty in Erie County Court. Samuel Roberts, 22, of Stockbridge Avenue, was convicted of robbery in the third degree and attempted robbery in the third degree for separate incidents on Jan. 5. Roberts robbed the M&T Bank branch in University Plaza and a KeyBank branch on Elmwood Avenue, accordin…

A transplant surgeon-turned-developer is seeking the final approvals he needs to move forward with an 18-unit, upscale apartment complex in East Amherst. Dr. Fadi Dagher plans to put up a two-story, multifamily building at 9150 Transit Road, just north of the Transit Valley Country Club and next to Grover's Bar & Grill. All but two would be two-bedroom units, rangin…

A new bandshell will be installed this year in North Tonawanda's Raymond Klimek Veterans Park with money from the Niagara River Greenway covering most of the cost. The committee that controls Greenway money in Niagara County approved $90,000 for the project on River Road. The total cost, including landscaping, is estimated at $150,000, said Patricia A. Brosius, North To…

A jilted boyfriend who "wouldn't take no for an answer" was convicted on four charges related to the stalking and abduction of his ex-girlfriend in East Aurora in 2015. Over the course of 11 days, a State Supreme Court jury heard that the woman had obtained an order of protection to keep Michael J. Reibel away, and that he continued to come to her house and to send her …

Public health officials will be conducting soil sample studies to attempt to determine the reach of contamination in the Town of Tonawanda by Tonawanda Coke's manufacturing operation. A public information meeting about the pollution study is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the joint Town/Kenmore Village Hall, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. The meeting will include …

WASHINGTON – Anyone who watches cable news probably knows Rep. Chris Collins as one of President Trump's strongest defenders. But far away from the television cameras, the Republican congressman from Clarence has been disagreeing with the president when Trump's proposals directly threaten Western New York. When Trump proposed requiring biometric scans at the U.S.-…

Western New York's burgeoning medical campus and busy hospital systems offer an upbeat image of the region. But there's another side to the story of the region's health, and it isn't so positive. Cattaraugus, Niagara and Chautauqua rank among the five unhealthiest of New York state's 62 counties, according to an annual ranking of health outcomes by the nonprofit Robe…

The Cuomo administration has lost another round in court over the millions of dollars in aid it has been withholding for 20 struggling schools across New York, including five in Buffalo. A decision by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court orders the state budget director to release the rest of the money promised – more than $69 million – to help turn around …