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Erie County is taking the first step toward turning a significant portion of the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site from an industrial wasteland into an industrial park. With a deal in place for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to acquire nearly 148 acres of land along Route 5 from Dona Street to the south and just beyond Ridge Road to the north, county of…

SANBORN – The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees has hired an outside law firm to help investigate allegations that the bidding was tainted on construction of the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls. The construction management firm on the 2011-12 project, which cost about $17 million, was LPCiminelli, the same firm whose former top executiv…

The SolarCity solar panel factory in Buffalo is expected to begin production later this year - potentially as many as six months later than the June launch date that had been expected. That's what Tesla Inc. said Wednesday, in its first update since the electric vehicle maker acquired the solar energy systems installer in November. The updated Tesla timetable was mor…

LITTLE VALLEY – Brandon Warmley, 35, formerly of Buffalo, was sentenced Tuesday to a total of nine years in prison for possessing drugs and raping a teenaged Olean girl three years ago. A jury found Warmley guilty Dec. 15 of third-degree criminal possession and criminal sale of controlled substances. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Warmley was dealing cocain…

A Cuban national caught a small break in Erie County Court on Wednesday afternoon when Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced him to one day less than a full year in jail. The 364-day sentence gives Deladier Benitez, 34, of Miami a better chance to try to remain in this country when he is returned to Florida after serving his time in New York. Benitez pleaded guilty in Dece…

The mother who accuses the Buffalo Public Schools of instigating her arrest for home schooling her children is now taking her case to the federal government. Kiarre Harris, whose children were removed from her custody by a Family Court judge, has filed civil rights complaints with both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that …

Anthony Bannon, a former Buffalo News critic and filmmaker who guided the Burchfield Penney Art Center through two major periods of growth, will retire from his post as director of the institution on July 1. Bannon's departure, which he announced to the Burchfield Penney's board Wednesday afternoon, will cap off the center's yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversa…

A 17-year-old Amherst girl was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday morning after she pleaded not guilty to a criminal mischief charge in Amherst Town Court. The girl is accused of throwing a brick through a window of an Eggerstville home late on Feb. 10, according to police records. She remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday in …

NIAGARA FALLS - City police charged a 79th Street man with driving while intoxicated after a two-car rollover crash Tuesday afternoon that sent a woman to the hospital. At about 3:45 p.m., an Oldsmobile Bravado driven by John T. Wheeler, 48, ran a stop sign on Edison Avenue and struck a Dodge Neon heading north on 72nd, according to a police report. A police officer…

The conversion of the long-vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga into a new $20 million warehouse and distribution complex got a boost Wednesday when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved $2.5 million in tax breaks for the project. Benderson Development plans to demolish about half of the plaza and renovate the rest into a four-building complex at …

A drug outsourcing company in the Town of Tonawanda is getting $1.2 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to build a $5.6 million manufacturing facility in the Riverview Solar Technology Park. The 25,000-square-foot facility for Pine Pharmaceuticals will include several clean rooms and will provide the company with nearly six times the…

All it took was a $16,000 check to end the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's dilemma over whether or not it should claw back tax breaks from the Town of Tonawanda manufacturer after a slump in its key energy markets caused it to break its job creation promises. After months of debate over whether to claw back all of the tax breaks from the company, rescind onl…

Mayor Byron W. Brown, who is also chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, said Wednesday he is “leaning” toward endorsing former Labor Secretary Tom Perez for national party chairman. But the mayor added he will head to Atlanta for a meeting of the Democratic National Committee this weekend still officially undecided. Perez, a Buffalo native, and Rep…