WASHINGTON – Chris Collins put his money down on a small New Zealand biotech firm more than 15 years ago, back when he was just a businessman. He stuck with the company after he became Erie County executive and after he became a member of Congress in 2013. Then last August, he put even more money down on the company now known as Innate Immunotherapeutics and based in…

ALBANY – Will the rich have to pony up more taxes than they were expecting to pay this year in order to help New York State balance its budget? That will be among the thorny subjects for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to negotiate in the coming months. Cuomo proposes a continuation of the current “millionaires’ tax,’’ which was first imposed during a…

Maureen Milligan is going to the march because she believes in the power of peaceful protest. Ramona Santa Maria is going to make sure the voices of women, people of color and people with disabilities are heard. Roseanne Cullis is taking her daughters so they can witness history. Late Friday night and into the early morning hours, more than 300 people across the B…

Aug. 30, 1940 – Jan. 14, 2017 William D. Rezak, who in the 1990s pushed for Alfred State College to transition from being primarily a two-year school  to one that also granted four-year bachelor’s degrees, died Jan. 14 at his home in Tavares, Fla., after battling cancer. He was 76. Mr. Rezak was president of Alfred State from 1993 to 2003, when the college expan…

Trustees for Erie Community College, aiming for the broadest possible search for a new president, have selected a national consulting firm with offices in seven cities for help. The trustees chose Wheless Partners from among seven companies that responded to a request for proposals sent out last fall. It’s standard practice for college and universities to hire outside…

Authorities are continuing to search for the man who stabbed a woman leaving an Alden church Tuesday morning. A spokesman for the Erie County Sheriff's Office said in an email Wednesday that detectives are continuing to investigate but they obtained no additional information or description of the suspect after interviewing the victim. The victim was unable to provid…

The Museum of disABILITY History will host a workshop about Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders Jan. 28. Susan Conners, president and founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State, will lead the workshop, which will be held in association with Learning Partners. Parents and educators will learn more ways to help young people with Tourette…

Solar Park Energy has approached the Grand Island Town Board with plans to build an 18-acre solar farm with an option to expand to another 40 acres on undeveloped industrial property on Lang Boulevard, off of Grand Island Boulevard, according to town officials. Deputy Supervisor James R. Sharpe told The Buffalo News that the company's proposal is to build two 9-acre far…

A public hearing on plans to convert the Scajaquada Expressway will be held next week, the state Department of Transportation announced. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Olmsted School 64, 874 Amherst St. It was initially scheduled for Dec. 14 but was postponed because of weather. For a look at what's at stake, specifics on what the state wants to do,…

LOCKPORT -  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to require counties to hold public votes on sharing services with localities as a way to reduce county property taxes is not going to help counties, Niagara County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall said. In his State of the County address at Tuesday night's Legislature meeting, the Republican legislator from Lockport called th…

David S. Mingoia has held the title of interim executive director and chief financial officer of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, but that is about to change. The board of directors of the IDA plans to remove the interim tag when it meets Friday. Mingoia has held the position on an interim basis since April 15, when James J. Allen retired after 36 years ove…

Eita Nanda, a Kenmore West 11th grade student, has won first place in the grade 9 to 12 division of the  Healthy Choices Art and Poetry Contest. The contest was sponsored by Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She was recently honored, along with other award winners, parents and educators, at an event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Students were…

The woman who died after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning in Amherst has been identified as Helen S. Liebler, 75. Leibler, of Amherst, was walking across Eggert Road just north of Main Street after leaving Mass at St. Benedict church, according to Amherst police. She was hit in the northbound driving lane at about 7:23 a.m. by a vehicle driven by Arlene A. Ad…

The Town of Amherst has been awarded $4.85 million from a state fund to repair the bridge that carries JJ Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo, town officials announced. The money is from the state's 2016 BRIDGE NY program. Recommended projects were identified on the basis of a competitive scoring process and consideration of available fund…