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While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

The City of Lockport was approved earlier this week for a $470,000 state grant that Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said would pay for new computer hardware and software, including more efficient payroll and water and sewer billing systems. Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said there also will be connections to the Niagara County Information Technology Department two blocks f…

A robber struck a convenience store at 975 Abbott Road early Saturday, a clerk told Buffalo police. The robber carried what appeared to be a gun, but it was covered with a black plastic bag. He told the clerk he'd shoot her if she didn't hand over cash. He made off with about $50, according to a police report of the incident.

The teenage driver of a car that hit a tree and rolled over, with several passengers inside early Saturday, has been arrested on several charges, Buffalo police said. The 19-year-old male, who was not immediately identified, faces counts of reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. At least five peo…

Someone didn't want a tow truck driver to repossess an auto early Saturday. Police are treating the incident as a case of criminal mischief and harassment. The tow truck operator told police that shortly after midnight he tried to hook a car in the 400 block of Stockbridge Avenue, not far from Buffalo's Bailey and Kensington Avenue intersection. Someone then ran from…

Richard A. Metcalf Sr. has waited four and a half years for the criminal justice system to address the homicide that took his son's life in November 2012. "Obviously, the whole process has been very tedious, very frustrating and very painful to my wife and myself," Metcalf said. "It doesn't get any easier." A breakthrough may be near. An outside district attorney …

City of Lockport firefighters accepted the privatization of city ambulance service in a new contract ratified this week. The city will pay 33 union members $6,000 each in exchange for the union's decision to drop litigation over the 2014 privatization. However, in July, the Fire Department will resume offering paramedic service on major rescue calls, union president S…

ALBANY – State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is no stranger to the antics of the Buffalo School Board, and in her brief time as New York State's top educator has already conveyed she does not intend to tolerate any of its nonsense. That's especially true on her own turf, where Buffalo School Board members descended Thursday and Friday for the start of the unpr…

Don Paul says a high-tech interactive weather science center would be a boost to Niagara Falls. But his chances of getting city funding for a feasibility study? The forecast isn't promising. Paul, the veteran meteorologist now working for WKBW-TV, is vice president of a group seeking to construct a World Weather Center in downtown Niagara Falls. The center would…

Yard waste totes are available to Amherst residents as part of a pilot program, officials said this week. The 35-gallon totes are high-density polyethylene recycling totes converted to handle small amounts of yard waste. The totes are appropriate for smaller properties, seniors, or for small amounts of sticks or brush, officials said. The totes are to be used for non-…

Three adults arrested in a traffic stop Friday in the Town of Concord were each charged with drug-related counts and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said. An Erie County Sheriff's deputy stopped the vehicle about 1:30 a.m. on Genesee Road for vehicle and traffic violations. Three adults and a 5-year-old girl were inside. Tracy Griffin, 35 ,of Sinclairvi…

Work is underway this summer to give motorists a smoother ride on the Lockport Expressway in Amherst, officials said. The project will crack and seat the concrete pavement on Lockport Expressway (the I-990) and then place a multicourse of asphalt between the Youngmann Expressway and North French Road. Crack and seat is a process used to prepare the existing concrete sur…

They had dreamed of seeing Niagara Falls since they were children in Zimbabwe, on the other side of the Atlantic. Last week, while visiting friends in Ohio, James and Sta Maodzwa decided they would make the trip to Niagara. [PHOTO GALLERY: Niagara Falls at dawn] Accompanied by their nephew Tongai and their 12-year-old son Ngoni, they booked a room at the Holiday Inn …

A man wanted on a parole violation warrant held Jamestown Police at bay for more than three hours Friday in a barricaded room and armed with a knife, according to Jamestown Police. Police said they were called to a disturbance at about 10:46 a.m. Friday at a residence on McKinley Avenue. When officers arrived, Alberto J. Acevedo, 27, had fled to another residence on …

ALBANY - The influence of the teachers union in the politics of Buffalo Public Schools emerged as a main theme in the second day of testimony in the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Board of Education. Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore testified, and Paladino's attorneys pressed him on his role in the May 2016 school board races and whether …