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Imagine: It’s the mid-1930s in Buffalo. You need to get across town, and you don’t have a car — but that’s no big deal. The city’s expansive electric streetcar system would be able to get you nearly anywhere. A map published in 1935 showing all the possible connections bears more of a resemblance to a New York City subway map than the current map of the Metro Rail, whos…

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ALBANY – Localities in New York will be provided with new incentives to forge deals with each other to share the costs of government services under a plan unveiled Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The idea comes as many residents in New York State in the coming year will see the ability to deduct the full cost of their state and local tax bills, including property taxes,…

Niagara Falls High School will be closed again Tuesday because of low water pressure, caused by a break in a concrete water main which serves much of the city. The Niagara Falls Water Board announced Monday that the break is beyond the capacity of its crews to fully repair, and outside contractors will have to be hired. The 36-inch main and three valves failed Friday…

Business

Acquest Development of Buffalo has sold a Grand Island property that houses the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters to a Chicago real estate management company for $11.4 million in one of the largest real estate deals on Grand Island. The Customs and Border Protection and Office of Homeland Security lease the building there. The sale of 201 Lang Blvd. to …

It will still cost $2 to ride Metro Bus and Rail for at least the next 15 months, even with ridership totals that continue to decline. But following Monday’s adoption of a $234.2 million budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 that begins April 1, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority looks ahead to maintaining the $2 fare as well as tackling a host of capital projects…

Crime

As she was sentenced Monday to 17 years in state prison, Damone M. Clayton blamed drug addiction for her near-fatal attack on her landlord in Lockport. Clayton, 32, had pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the Dec. 16, 2016, attack on Ethel Moore, 69, in a second-floor apartment at Prospect and Caledonia streets. Moore said in September that she played dead to get…

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Justine Smith embezzled from her employer, an Amherst doctor, and got away with it for more than five years. By the time she was caught, the 52-year old bookkeeper had walked away with $500,000. Smith, a Buffalo resident, was sentenced Monday to two to six years in state prison and held up as yet another example of why employers need to watch the people watching thei…

Businesses on Jefferson Avenue, between East Ferry and East Utica streets, will receive free public Wi-Fi beginning in January. "This will be a great asset for businesses and residences along Jefferson Avenue," Mayor Byron W. Brown said. "JEFFREE Wi-Fi will continue the build-up and massive investments we are planning to make on Jefferson Avenue." Brown announced the…

Business

The last-minute Christmas shipping deadlines are here. More people are shopping online this year than ever before – even more than last year, when the underestimated glut of last-minute purchases threw the shipping industry into the lurch and left some gift givers empty handed on the big day. Delivery companies have already begun warning about shipping delays. UPS, w…

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Five North Tonawanda churches and other organizations, working with the help of the North Tonawanda School District, will deliver holiday boxes this week to more than 200 families. Renewal Church on Meadow Drive will be the distribution hub for the Box of Hope program's volunteer deliveries of food and gifts, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in North Tonawanda. T…

Environment

The Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is in place for the winter. Crews began installing the 1.7-mile long ice boom on schedule Saturday and finished Sunday, according to Lou Paonessa, a spokesman for the New York Power Authority. The boom is installed when the temperature of Lake Erie reaches 39 degrees, which happened last Thursday. The International Joint Commis…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour represented the Traffic Safety Committee of the National Sheriff’s Association last month at a program in front of U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington. Voutour joined Elaine L. Chao, secretary of transportation, for the kick-off remarks for the Federal Highway Administration's National Tra…

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The Panera Bread on Transit Road in East Amherst is planning to install a drive-thru window, according to documents filed with the Amherst Building Department. The nationwide seller of baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and soup would add the drive-through to its location at 8200 Transit Road, just north of Maple Road. Bohler Engineering, on behalf of Panera Bread, is s…

Colleges

SANBORN – No one can blame LaTerrance Reed for playing with an edge. The former Canisius High School hoops star has gone from co-New York State Player of the Year, to prep school, to junior college – a trek that has tested his patience in hopes of landing a Division 1 scholarship. It’s been a long journey of 1 a.m. ice baths, crack-of-dawn shootarounds and hearing co…