Buffalo’s new Green Code will do more than restrict where houses can be built and how tall buildings may stand. It also will restrict where beer and cigarettes can be sold and where hookah bars and vaping lounges can locate. Existing businesses are grandfathered and can continue operating, but any new businesses after the Green Code is enacted would be governed by …

Buffalo firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze at the Sedita Apartments in the Elmwood Village on Wednesday afternoon. Smoke was reported to be coming from a ninth-story window of the building at the corner of Summer Street and Richmond Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. The fire was declared under control at 1:32 p.m. https://twitter.com/bfdAlphaDogs21/status/80657835…

Town of Tonawanda police are trying to locate a teenage girl who was let out of school Monday morning after a man identifying himself as her father called and asked she be released. Samantha A. LeChot, 17, is 5-foot-5 and weighs about 120 pounds. She has a medium build with long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a four-door, gray 2010 Honda with the license plat…

Buffalo Police Officer Robert E. Eloff was off duty, working private security at Molly's Pub the night William C. Sager Jr. was fatally injured. Eloff, acting at the direction of the bar manager who shoved Sager down a flight of stairs, later handcuffed him, even though he was still unconscious. He also cuffed Donald Hall, a friend who was simply trying to help Sager…

The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club will host its annual open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Center of Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Highlights will include a video covering cross-country skiing for beginning to advanced skiers, waxing clinics, displays of equipment and clothing from area ski shops, door prizes and more. Admission is free and the pub…

The village of Lancaster's Community Development Corp. met Wednesday but did not award a contract to a group of investors who submitted the only proposal for development of nearly five acres of property on West Main Street. Details about the proposal by Revitalize Lancaster, a group with ties to the CDC's former longtime legal counsel Mark S. Aquino, were not publicly d…

Here's what you should know about the newly adopted 2017 Erie County budget: 1. Not much to fight over. The Erie County Legislature adopted the county's $1.7 billion budget on Tuesday with little fanfare or controversy. It helped that the budget didn't make any significant cuts to programs, sprinkled in enough last-minute money around to keep legislators' community and…

Buffalo General Medical Center was given a 2016-17 Consumer Choice Award by the National Research Corp. for a third year in a row. The annual award identifies hospitals across the U.S. that health care consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital also received an award. “The BGMC team continues to receive national …

NIAGARA FALLS — The City of Niagara Falls is on the hunt for abandoned zombie houses. The Niagara Falls Community Development Department's Zombie Fight Project is looking for help from the community to identify vacant houses held by absentee landlords or stuck in bank foreclosure. Seth Piccirillo, director of the Community Development Department, said the city is l…

NIAGARA FALLS - "Deck the Halls," a new event at the Power City Eatery restaurant, will feature cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and local vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The family-friendly event at 444 Third St. will highlight Third Street businesses and hand-crafted gifts. Leonard Oaks Winery and Community Beer Works will also be there offerin…

With demolition complete on the former Freezer Queen warehouse on the Outer Harbor, construction is now slated to begin in March on the 23-story Queen City Landing apartment tower, barring a legal victory by project opponents. According to a court document filed by Queen City Landing owner Gerald Buchheit, groundbreaking for the lakeside residential complex is scheduled…

NIAGARA FALLS — The Niagara Falls Housing Authority Board of Commissioners accepted a $6,000 repayment from a son of suspended Executive Director Stephanie W. Cowart and decided to sell a single-family home occupied by Cowart's sister at its meeting Tuesday. Although authority board members would not comment on whether these actions were related to an FBI investi…

Columbus McKinnon Corp., moving to bolster its presence in the European markets and expand its hoist business, has agreed to acquire a German crane components manufacturer in a deal worth $240 million. The acquisition of Stahl Crane Systems will make Columbus McKinnon the world's second-biggest hoist company and will expand the Amherst material handling equipment compan…

Home sales activity dipped slightly in October compared to a year ago amid a continued drop in listings, but prices rose solidly in yet another sign of the strength of the Western New York market. Closed deals fell 4.9 percent to 1,184 from 1,245 a year earlier, according to new data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. That's the lowest monthly tally since…