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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority — which serves 10,000 residents — has a new board to oversee the agency. And one of the first things it'll likely do is figure out if the housing authority owes the city $4.2 million. The Common Council approved four appointments Mayor Byron W. Brown made to the housing authority board of commissioners on Tuesday, thereby …

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison on weapons and drug charges. Michael Billups, 38, also was sentenced to five years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance in June, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Narcotics officers from the Erie Co…

Parking is free parking throughout all of the City of Tonawanda, but  Common Council is talking about changing that. Council members this week met with representatives from Park Mobile to discuss an app that would allow them to charge fees for parking. If a parking fee were  instituted, the  first priority twould be Niawanda and Veterans parks, councilors agreed. …

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. Over 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Serendipity Swing begin…

Erie County Medical Center didn't pay a nearly $30,000 ransom demand to the perpetrators of a massive cyberattack in April, but the intrusion that brought down the hospital's computer systems will exact a very big cost. ECMC officials estimate expenses tied to the incident were nearly $10 million. About half of that amount is for computer hardware, software and assis…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from singer Mick Jagger, born on this date in 1943, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.” . . . HAVE A SIP – Wines from the Finger Lakes will be featured as St. Teresa’s Catholic Church holds a Wine Appreciation 101 evening from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Parish Cente…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for dealing heroin from his home, officials said. Eric Mitchell, 25, was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision, by Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In May, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a cont…

Nora Galley and her classmates at Mount Mercy Academy in South Buffalo have spent a lot of time in Cazenovia Park this summer, where cigarette butts marred the scenery and cigarette smoke polluted the air because people were allowed to light up freely in Buffalo’s public parks. They won't have to worry about that anymore. On Tuesday, Galley and other tobacco…

There's no doubt about it — Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is Lackawanna's favorite son. The mayor said so Tuesday. But more importantly for Poloncarz, he's the son of a steelworker. Roughly 100 people stepped gingerly along a fresh dirt path and found their way into a party tent on Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna Tuesday morning. They applauded the…

The Buffalo Police are investigating the body of a dead man found Tuesday outside the Robert B. Adams parking ramp on Eagle Street between Washington and Ellicott streets downtown. Police reported the incident at 4:19 p.m. The street was blocked off to traffic. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/889966683649183744

Paperwork filed Tuesday morning with the Town of Cheektowaga confirmed Walden Avenue as the proposed site of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based chain of restaurants with 2,000 locations across the country, said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The 4,975-square-foot restaurant would be built on the site of the former Famous Dave's Barbecue at 1753 Walden Ave. It would be the fi…

Power Drives, the hose and tube assembly manufacturer that is consolidating its operations in Larkinville, is getting 100 kilowatts of low-cost hydropower through the state's Recharge New York program. The allocation is tied to the company's pledge to retain 75 jobs and invest more than $5.8 million in its operations. It is not tied to any pledge to create new jobs. …

Judge Sheila A. DiTullio decided that the heroin dealing case against Eric Mitchell had taken long enough. Despite a defense attorney's request that Mitchell’s sentencing for two felony drug convictions be adjourned for two weeks, the judge sentenced Mitchell to six years in prison, to be followed by five years post-release supervision, on Tuesday. Mitchell, curren…

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region is on the rise again. The local jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in June, up from 4.7 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, said the state labor department Tuesday. The local jobless rate currently has increased for two straight months as the pace of job gr…

Seems simple enough: You check your bag, it's tagged, and an airport attendant carts it off. What many might not know is that their rolling suitcase or camping sack, along with every other piece of checked luggage at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, travels on miles of conveyor belts, passes through hulking bomb-detecting machines and is seen by no less than a…