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A series of emails suggest that Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek tried to influence what should have been an impartial bidding processes for hiring professional services on the construction of a $17 million Culinary Institute in downtown Niagara Falls. The emails from 2010 show Klyczek changing the bid process for legal work midstream and atte…

At 12:10, the thermometer crested to 70 degrees at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. That broke a 111-year-old daily record of 67 degrees. Forecasters suggest temperatures today in Buffalo could also make a run at the all-time mark for warmth on any February day. That is 71 degrees, set Feb. 26, 2000. The unseasonably high temperatures are being genera…

Most of Amherst's property owners by now have had a chance to think about their new assessments. The town late last week mailed out preliminary notices for its 2017 Assessment Equity Project, a townwide reassessment of properties. Every property is reviewed, from the smallest home to the largest commercial property. The assessed value of a property determines its tax li…

State Sen. Tim Kennedy believes communities must make a stake to keep state money coming to their regions. So Kennedy on Friday brought leaders of about a dozen organizations to speak out in support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed $500 million in state money for another round of projects. As a follow up to what was called the Buffalo Billion, this new round of fundi…

Members of the Tabernacle in Orchard Park have collected more than 500 55-gallon bags of supplies for the small, impoverished Jewish community in Ukraine suffering from the military conflict between the Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels. The shipment is the first organized in Western New York by Save Ukraine Now, a national humanitarian organization …

When minutes counted, help has been many miles away for people who suffered heart attacks in Niagara County. That will change on April 5, when the county's first cardiac catheterization lab is scheduled to open in the Heart Center of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The cardiac cath lab is a collaborative effort among Memorial, Erie County Medical Center, Kal…

1) Blizzard Ball, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a party to celebrate Buffalo's resilience against historic winter storms, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '77. While the open bar from 8 to midnight, two DJs and foo…

A Buffalo man was charged in connection with a larceny from a vehicle in Alden after the Erie County Sheriff's Office said he used a stolen credit card at a convenience store. Joshua Angielczyk, 26,was charged in connection with the Feb. 17 theft from a vehicle on Rusher Road in Alden. Credit cards, bank cards and personal identification cards were taken from a vehicle …

The first time Jaden Jeswald won a scholarship to attend Rushford Environmental Education Camp, she was in sixth grade. Fast forward six years, and she will be going to the camp again this summer on a scholarship. When she was in sixth grade, the only thing the Blasdell girl knew about the camp run through the state Department of Environmental Conservation was that i…

A global money management firm with an Amherst data center and a small company co-founded by Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas were accepted into the state's Start-Up NY program, which lowers or eliminates most state taxes for 10 years for businesses that agree to create jobs. BlackRock promises to create 50 jobs at its data center at 350 CrossPoint Parkway in CrossPoi…

Buffalo Manufacturing Works could be headed to a new home – and a bigger role in helping the region's companies become more innovative and more productive. The second phase of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Buffalo Billion plan would move the innovation hub from Main Street to the Northland Corridor on the East Side, partly to spread more of the program's benefits to a stru…

Andrew Bannister grows hops in his garden in Larkinville, and brews beer at home, but that isn't how he and his friend Tara Sasiadek make part of their living. Instead, they brew and sell kombucha: a black tea fermented by wild yeast – and often softened by herbs and fruits – and packed with antioxidants and probiotics. "It has a nice mouthfeel to it," Bannister…

A sharp cold front will cross the Buffalo Niagara region Saturday, blowing the weather from May back to late February. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a wind advisory for Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Chautauqua counties from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The winds are being gener…

Candidate packets are available for anyone interested in running for the Williamsville Board of Education. Qualified candidates must be able to read and write; be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years of age; and be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the election. The School Board election will be held with the annual distric…

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