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Former TV news anchor Erika Brason blames her daughter, Sydney, for falling hard for boutique indoor cycling studios. Brason first set her feet in one almost four years ago, when Sydney was attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and introduced her mother to SoulCycle, a higher-end cycling chain. "People ask, 'Have you always wanted to do this?' …

A hand-written letter sat along the edge of the Niagara River in Broderick Park on Thursday morning. Below an American flag and beside a blue pumpkin and bouquets of flowers, the one-page note in blue cursive lettering was fastened to one of the bouquets. It was addressed to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. The author described herself as "a grateful Buffal…

Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows. The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of…

The Buffalo Niagara job market laid an egg in September. While job growth has slowed to a crawl for most of this year, hiring turned negative in September, with the region losing 3,500 jobs from September 2016 to September 2017, according to new data released Thursday by the state Labor Department It was the worst job loss for any month over the past 7 1/2 years, dat…

Cheyenne N. Buck, who rushed into a Niagara Falls street fight April 14 to punch and stab a woman, was sentenced Thursday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have given Buck, 22, of Seventh Street for her plea to attempted second-degree assault. Buck told a probation officer in a presentencing interview …

Niagara University has renamed its dining hall in honor of local restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore. The Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons recently underwent an $8 million renovation. Salvatore, who received an honorary doctorate from Niagara last year, made what the university called "a generous gift." The university did not disclose the amount. The dining facility…

Amherst's supervisor wants to build a community center in Northwest Amherst, but several issues have to be resolved first. The town and Sweet Home Central School District have identified a possible location on Sweet Home Road, just north of Westwind Lane, but the district-owned parcel contains wetlands. Officials are waiting to see if the state will allow a center to bu…

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue. Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from J…

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday granted a pair of variances to allow construction of a proposed five-story apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, despite opposition by a few neighbors. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Linda McMahon, the former pro wrestling executive who heads the Small Business Administration, is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Tuesday. McMahon has been visiting SBA districts around the country on her "SBA Ignite" tour, meeting with small businesses to hear their concerns. She is scheduled to visit the SBA's offices on South Elmwood Avenue. McMahon and her husba…

A Cheektowaga man who sought city permission to open a halal slaughterhouse in Buffalo withdrew his application to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance and doesn't plan to find a new location. Masaab Darwish wanted to convert a garage building at 822 Walden Ave. into a butcher shop, while putting a restaurant in a separate building in front that had formerly been …

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath III wants to make impersonating a veteran or member of the military a crime. Rath will introduce Thursday a proposed "Theft of Valor" law that makes it a crime to impersonate a veteran or member of the military for financial gain. Those found guilty would face criminal misdemeanor charges and fines. "Erie County is joining municipal…

KeyCorp is benefiting from its deal for First Niagara Financial Group, but additional mergers are "not a priority," Beth E. Mooney, Key's chairman and CEO, said Thursday. "We do not yet feel like we are fully complete realizing the value of First Niagara for our shareholders," Mooney said, as the Cleveland-based bank released its third quarter earnings. Key's qua…

The sale of a nearly 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development was approved Tuesday by the School Board. Ciminelli purchased the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, for $220,000, more than three times it…