As a young boy, Hans G. Reif and other youngsters at his school in Stuttgart, Germany, were given a break from class and marched to the city’s central plaza. Standing amid the crowd, the 10-year-old Hans and his schoolmates watched from a distance as Adolf Hitler stood on a balcony and waved. He says he remembers little more than that. But Reif has clear memorie…

The assessed value of land to be redeveloped at the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst would be reduced by nearly two-thirds under a settlement reached between the town and the investor group that bought the club five years ago. Mensch Capital Partners wants to redevelop the vacant golf course at Sheridan Drive and North Forest Road into a new mixed-use neighborho…

Community leaders joined about 200 protesters to rally against Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino's recent controversial remarks. The rally was held at Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park on Martin Luther King Day.

Two students from the Kenton Career & Tech Center in the Town of Tonawanda advanced to the National Automotive Technology Competition after their team won a local competition. Daniel Hudson and Jeff Kassman took first place on Saturday in the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association's Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition. That earned the two seniors a spot…

A local architect who wants a new Buffalo train station that embraces the future said the debate about its location should not just be between the Central Terminal and Canalside. Adam Sokol has drawn a non-traditional concept at Larkinville, by railroad tracks that cross an overpass over Swan and Seymour streets. Sokol said the area around the station could also be l…

Republicans will offer one of their top judges for re-election this fall after Appellate Division Justice Erin M. Peradotto said Tuesday she will seek a second term in State Supreme Court. Peradotto won her first term in 2003 and was appointed to the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department in 2006 by then-Gov. George E. Pataki. She has been included three times on …

Those leading the push to have Carl P. Paladino removed from the Buffalo School Board have a message for elected officials across the region. "This coalition will examine closely those who are with us and those who stand with racism," said the Rev. George Nicholas of the Concerned Clergy Coalition during a rally on Monday. "They must stand with us today in asking for th…

Communities around the country are taking part in a National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday as part of a commitment to close the racial, ethnic and religious divides in American society. In Buffalo, the public is invited to an interfaith prayer service, sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. The service begins at 6 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Church, 3…

Raw sewage in Scajaquada Creek near the Buffalo History Museum. Manure and pesticides in Chautauqua Lake. Elevated levels of lead in drinking water in schools and homes. Floatable debris polluting beaches and even Canalside. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he wants to address problems like these with a $2 billion proposal to improve water quality in the Buffalo Niaga…

The New York State Canal System corridor from Troy to the City of Tonawanda has been named a National Historic Landmark, the nation's highest historic designation. The designation includes the canal system in North Tonawanda, Amherst, Lockport, Medina, Middleport and Gasport. Construction of the New York State Canal System began 100 years ago. The canal corridor rank…

A Western New York congressman has interjected himself squarely into the escalating war of words between President-elect Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, told Fox Business Network on Monday that Lewis – the Georgia Democratic congressman and civil rights icon – should be compared to a “spoiled child” after casting doubt that Tru…

A pathologist was unable to determine the cause of death for India Cummings, the 27-year-old woman who died 20 days after entering the Erie County Holding Center last year, a lawyer for her family revealed during a vigil for her Monday. The vigil was staged outside the home of the official who oversees the jail, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. Both the cause and manner of Cu…

A woman discovered dead on the side of the road was identified Monday as EvaJean Toth, 62, of the City of Tonawanda, by the Town of Tonawanda Police. According to the Erie County Medical Examiner's office, Toth died of natural causes. There were no signs of foul play and no trauma. Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph F. Carosi said Toth was discovered dead on the side of t…

The Tonawanda Rails to Trails had a successful grand opening this summer, but town officials are already moving forward on the next step – a $330,000 enhancement project that will provide better access to the 3.9 mile trail from 12 intersections along it. The town plans to seek major funding for the project from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The proposed T…

A retired Buffalo firefighter was arrested over the weekend, accused of violating an order of protection obtained after a domestic assault last December at a McKinley Parkway residence. Anthony Serafini, 54, was charged with criminal contempt by police in the incident that occurred at 7:45 a.m. Saturday when he refused to leave the residence on McKinley and became invol…