Air quality in the Tonawandas has significantly improved over the last eight years as levels of certain pollutants continue to fall, state environmental officials announced Tuesday. The state Department of Environmental Conservation's Tonawanda Air Quality Study ended in mid-2008, but the DEC continues to operate two air quality monitors -- on Grand Island Boulevard and…

With demolition complete on the former Freezer Queen warehouse on the Outer Harbor, construction is now slated to begin in March on the new 23-story Queen City Landing apartment tower, barring a legal victory by project opponents. According to an court document filed by Queen City Landing owner Gerald Buchheit, groundbreaking for the lakeside residential complex is sche…

NIAGARA FALLS - The Niagara Falls Housing Authority Board of Commissioners accepted a $6,000 repayment from a son of suspended Executive Director Stephanie W. Cowart and decided to sell a single-family home occupied by Cowart's sister at its meeting Tuesday. Although authority board members would not comment on whether these actions were related to an FBI investiga…

Columbus McKinnon Corp., moving to bolster its presence in the European markets and expand its hoist business, has agreed to acquire a German crane components manufacturer in a deal worth $240 million. The acquisition of Stahl Crane Systems will make Columbus McKinnon the world's second-biggest hoist company and will expand the Amherst material handling equipment compan…

Home sales activity dipped slightly in October compared to a year ago amid a continued drop in listings, but prices rose solidly in yet another sign of the strength of the Western New York market. Closed deals fell 4.9 percent to 1,184 from 1,245 a year earlier, according to new data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. That's the lowest monthly tally since…

The battle lines are drawn. And, unless you live in Niagara County or extreme northern Erie County, get ready to shovel some snow. The snow is likely to start flying around the Buffalo metro area about 9 p.m. By mid-day Thursday, it will drop about two inches at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. South Buffalo,…

Unconscious and near death, William C. Sager Jr. was nevertheless handcuffed. So was his friend, Donald Hall. Unlike Sager, he lived to tell about his run-in with the off-duty Buffalo Police Officer, Robert E. Eloff. It was May of 2014 and Eloff was working private security at Molly's Pub when bar manager Jeffrey J. Basil, during an altercation, shoved Sager down a f…

Ed Stone enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Buffalo, in December 1940. He did what the Navy told him. He brought only a light spring jacket. He remembers that he slept the night before at the YMCA. He remembers the stone steps of the old Post Office were covered with ice, and it took him three tries to reach the top, without breaking his neck. He remembers the heater wasn't w…

Spread the word to your friends from across the country: If you're looking for a fun, frugal New Year's Eve, look no further than downtown Buffalo. Wallethub recently rated Buffalo as the fifth best place to celebrate New Year's Eve out of 100 cities nationwide. Buffalo rounded out the top five behind Orlando, San Francisco, Atlanta and Denver. The website based its…

LITTLE VALLEY - Shawn Chastain, 40, of Olean, has been ordered to repay the Cattaraugus County Social Services Department the $67,282.69 in welfare benefits he illegally obtained for over four years, District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman reported. Chastain was ordered to make the repayment following a County Court restitution hearing linked to his recent conviction on se…

Elijah Feaster , 23, of North Parade Avenue and Jordan Hairston, 22, of Girard Street were arrested on weapons and other charges after police noticed their vehicle lacked a front license plate. Police officers on routine patrol noticed a car in the parking lot of a store in the 2200 block of Bailey Avenue lacked a front license plate, as they walked to the parked vehicl…

LITTLE VALLEY -- Justin T. Shaw, 24, of Olean, was ordered by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz Monday to serve a 10-year state prison term  on his guilty plea to periodically molesting a young girl in the Town of Portville. Shaw pleaded guilty in August to two felony counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child for incidents with a young gir…

FRANKLINVILLE - A 27-year-old Franklinville man faces felony sex charges after a domestic incident on Route 16 on Monday, State police said. George Merrell is accused of performing criminal sexual acts on the victim, as well as hitting and choking the victim, destroying property and preventing the victim from calling 911, authorities said. Merrell was charged wit…

Carl P. Paladino is getting to know his way around Trump Tower. The Buffalo developer spent an hour with Donald J. Trump Monday, joining the parade of notables paying their respects to the president-elect at his Manhattan headquarters. They discussed everything from Trump's relations with the media to New Yorkers who may serve in the new administration. "We had a …

The Village of Lancaster's economic development arm is refusing to publicly release a copy of the only proposal submitted for the purchase of a nearly 5-acre parcel on West Main Street that the village hopes will jump-start the revival of its downtown business district. In a one-paragraph explanation, Village Clerk Michael E. Stegmeier denied a Freedom of Information re…