As Buffalonians, we are proud that Charles Burchfield has long had a place among America’s great artists and helped usher in a new era of American art. But you don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate the lost and almost foreign-feeling past life of Buffalo captured by Burchfield’s brush in his nearly five decades here. Many of Burchfield’s cityscapes were…

NIAGARA FALLS -- The first Amtrak train and its load of about 35 passengers arrived at the new $43 million train station here just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Most of the travelers, including a large contingent from the United Kingdom, were a bit confused as they were greeted by applause, cameras and curious onlookers. And while some called the new station beautiful, t…

LEWISTON  -- George Osborne, retired president of Artpark and Company, has been appointed the new chairman of the executive board of the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, celebrating its 16th year next Aug. 25-26. Other appointees to the executive board include: Carol Calato, of Calato Manufacturing, first vice chair; Margaret Toohey, of the Lewiston Insurance Agency, t…

A vice president at the State University of New York at Oswego has been selected to become D’Youville College's next president. The college’s board of trustees picked Lorrie A. Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oswego, from among four finalists for the job. She will be the college’s 15th president and the first one who is not a Catholic nun…

A local anti-drug organization on Wednesday will recognize Buffalo community police officers for supporting its work. The West Side Youth Development Coalition will present awards following the organization's quarterly meeting in the Northwest District station on Hertel Avenue. Those to be honored are Capt. Steven Nichols, officers Mary Beth Billings, Christine Siko…

LOCKPORT - Stacey M. Lewis, a Niagara Falls man shot by a police officer during a drug raid Sept. 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony gun possession and drug possession charges stemming from that incident. Lewis, 33, admitted to Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that he had an assault weapon and 4.67 ounces of crack cocaine in the house at 488 20th St. in t…

The 2017 Erie County budget would earmark more money than ever to crack down on property owners who repeatedly fail to pay their county taxes. And that money would enable the county to pursue foreclosure actions against more delinquent property tax payers, overall, than it has in the past 15 years. That's one of the highlights of a $1.72 billion county budget unanimousl…

The Cheektowaga man who killed another man in a barehanded beating in a parking lot fight pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to manslaughter. Cody J. Jeffords, 21, admitted in Erie County Court that he inflicted fatal injuries on 19-year-old Justin Vanderwalker on May 25. Jeffords originally was charged with second degree murder in Vanderwalker’s death, but pleaded to the…

ALBANY – The state’s chief fiscal watchdog has rejected the no-bid purchase of a $12.5 million helicopter intended for the State Police but also to ferry Gov. Andrew Cuomo around the state. Cuomo administration officials, however, insisted that the purchase effort for the Sikorsky S76-D is still underway and that they are in the process of answering Comptroller Thom…

A Kenmore man was sentenced Monday to five months in jail for a conviction of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, according to Cheektowaga police. Antoniel Colon, 33, of Sanders Road was pulled over on Harlem Road near Maryvale Drive on Sept. 30 for having an expired inspection, police said. When the officer approached Colon's vehicle, he sped away. Colon was locat…

A Buffalo man was charged with weapons possession Sunday at a Dick Road hotel, according to Cheektowaga police. Officers were called to the Homewood Suites at 760 Dick Road at 12:50 a.m. for a complaint of a group of people drinking and smoking marijuana and causing problems at the hotel. When officers arrived, they encountered a group of men carrying a bottle of whi…

An attacker who stalked a woman, grabbed her while she was walking down an East Side street, battered her and raped her received a sentence of 22 years to life in prison on Tuesday. In October, a State Supreme Court jury found Willie Sanders, 58, of Buffalo guilty of predatory sexual assault and attempted rape for the Aug. 22, 2014 incident. Justice Russell P. Buscaglia…

Kazakhstan has Uber, but Buffalo doesn't. Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo calls that just crazy. The lack of ride-sharing services in the Buffalo Niagara region so annoys Lorigo and other lawmakers  that they voted Tuesday to redirect $100,000 earmarked for economic development efforts in Toronto to a new public relations campaign to bring Uber…

Applications are due Jan. 1 for the Kenmore Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy. The 11-week course begins in January and provide educational and informative insight into the day-to-day operations of the department. Topics include a K-9 demonstration; detective bureau; juvenile bureau; 911 emergency dispatch system; crime scene investigations; patrol procedu…

There will be skiing soon in ski country. Up to three feet of snow is possible by late Friday in some of the most persistent snow bands associated with a stream of lake-effect snow expected to blitz areas of Western New York starting Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Depending on where you live in the Buffalo Niagara region, you could be okay weari…

Tariq Brown wanted to increase his standing in the Bailey Boys. Shooting into a crowd of people at Martin Luther King Park, killing one man and wounding four others, was his way of doing it. Brown, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to 22 years in prison. Brown, who took a plea deal earlier this year, admitted pulling the trigger that day …