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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 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…

An aide accused of physically attacking an 85-year-old resident at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is not working at the facility during an investigation into what happened. "The staff member associated with this incident is currently not on service while the investigation is still ongoing," according to the statement released by the Newfane nursing home. …

A Buffalo man convicted of possessing an illegal handgun and cocaine was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in prison. Michael Billups, 38, pleaded guilty in June to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. When Erie County Sheriff’s narcotics officers executed a search warrant at Billups…

Niagara County officials reported little flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline during a flood warning Tuesday, but they found evidence of significant erosion. John C. Lapham, the county's assistant emergency management director, said he visited Wilson and Olcott, the two most vulnerable locations, and saw waves striking the shoreline and splashing onto sidewalks, bu…

Five Star Bank's parent company said it generated net proceeds of $16.7 million from a stock offering during the second quarter. Warsaw-based Financial Institutions in late May announced an "at-the-market" program under which it could sell up to $40 million worth of stock, to support its growth and other corporate purposes. The bank sold about 572,000 shares during the …

Two Buffalo men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident earlier this month when shots were fired into a Monroe Street home where a baby was sleeping, police reported. Charles Boone, 39, and Casey Hester, 21, were charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a ch…