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A coalition of citizens groups will gather at 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the Saturn Club in Buffalo to protest Rep. Chris Collins' appearance there -- and the Clarence Republican's support for a GOP tax reform plan. The groups said they oppose the plan because it will raise taxes for some state residents. The bill cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. The group…

Have you forgotten about a library book that was due back months ago? Are you afraid to return it because of the fines? The University at Buffalo Libraries understands. For the next month, the university is waiving its fines on overdue books that are returned to any circulation desk in a UB library. The so-called book amnesty will continue through Dec. 18. Fines will…

Food and Drink

The chance to get an early taste of the new CoreLife Eatery in Amherst, take a tai chi class for free, and visit the last outdoor Elmwood Village Market of the season at Elmwood and Bidwell avenues are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition, and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click he…

Business

Steve Finch, who guided General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant for the past 11 years through times of industry turmoil and vital new investment, will retire Dec. 1. The Buffalo native is wrapping up a 41-year career with GM. His successor is Ram Ramanujam, currently an assistant plant manager at a GM facility in Michigan. GM has invested nearly $3 billion …

Crime

When Arthur Jordan was arrested, his provocative statements to Buffalo police became big news. So did the fact that Jordan, accused of using Facebook to threaten police, was carrying a handgun at the time of his arrest. Two years later, both the gun and statements are being tossed out by the judges overseeing Jordan's federal prosecution. The rulings stem in part …

Hamburg will be able to pave 10 lane miles of roads next year under the $47.53 million budget approved by the Town Board. The tax levy is up 3.1 percent, and the general and highway fund tax rates are slightly higher than under Supervisor Steven Walters' tentative budget because the board added about $200,000 in spending on roads and highway equipment. Walters voted…

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West Seneca Central School District's teachers and support staff have new contracts eight months before their old agreements were to expire. Raises in both two-year contracts vary, but they average to about 2 percent a year, said Interim Superintendent Matthew Bystrak. A starting teacher without a master's degree will make $43,315 next year and $43,748 the following …

Crime

A Marilla man and his mother were arrested early Sunday morning following a gunpoint robbery at a Mighty Taco on Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park police said. The robbery was reported just before 2 a.m. at the Mighty Taco at 3340 Southwestern Blvd., police said. A man with a gun demanded an employee give him money from a cash drawer. The employee handed over some ca…

Amherst

Westwood or West-wouldn't — Amherst still can't make up its mind. Five-and-a-half years ago, a group of investors bought the struggling Westwood Country Club. Three years ago, the partners unveiled an ambitious, $238 million plan to transform the site into a "neighborhood" of houses, office buildings, retail shops, a hotel and recreational space. It was one of t…

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What began as a “flirty” relationship between a state worker and a powerful official now threatens to ensnare the governor of New York. Andrew M. Cuomo is named in a federal lawsuit that Lisa M. Cater, of Buffalo, filed after she heard some of Cuomo’s top lieutenants praising Sam Hoyt upon his resignation last month as a gubernatorial confidante, even as probes in…

Business

Think you know Buffalo? A new trivia game will let you prove it. "You Gotta Know Buffalo – My Hometown Edition" poses questions about people, places and events tied to Buffalo. The 500-question card game retails for $19.95. It is a product of Store (716), a local Buffalo-themed apparel and gift designer. “You Gotta Know Buffalo is for anyone who knows how to say …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, born on this date in 1925, “Some men see the world as it is and say ‘Why?’ I see the world as it could be and say, ‘Why not?’” . . . EYE ON THE SKY – Want to become an official weather watcher? The Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorology is sponsoring a session entitled, “SKYWARN – Spotter …

NIAGARA FALLS – An Amherst woman had her purse stolen while she danced at the Seneca Niagara Casino nightclub early Sunday, police said. A man later returned the purse, saying his inebriated friend had mistakenly taken it, but most of the contents were missing. Police said that the purse went missing between 2 and 4 a.m. while the victim was dancing with her husband a…

Compass House, which offers shelter and services for runaway and homeless youth and teens in Western New York, has honored HSBC Bank with its 2017 Corporate Champion Award. HSBC was recognized for its financial support and its contribution of personal care and holiday items for young Compass House clients. Employees of HSBC’s Retail Banking and Wealth Management di…

Erie County has received a three-year grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent the misuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids by women. County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be joined by Rep. Brian Higgins, County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams in announcing the g…