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ALBANY – New York and Canada have had some high-profile disputes this decade over Peace Bridge project, and dairy exports into Canada and Quebec. Now, add iron and steel to the list. Legislation passed in June adds “Buy American” provisions for bridge and road projects in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wanted an even tougher provision, supported the legisla…

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A new Canadian "vaping" store may be coming to the northern end of the Elmwood Village. David Kompson and Joel D. Rudewicz are seeking Common Council approval to convert a vacant 660-square-foot former retail store at 1068 Elmwood Avenue, owned by Kompson, into an electronic cigarette shop called Vape Retail Store. According to the application to the city, the store woul…

A Clarence real estate investor has acquired a pair of mobile home parks in Depew, gaining 86 "pads" or sites for $2.1 million. Al Benedicto, through Benedicto Holdings LLC, paid $1.3 million to acquire the park at 5910 Transit Road from Tom Stanley of Orchard Park, through Stanley Holdings LLC. He also bought the park at 10 Cayuga Road from Stanley, for $800,000. …

One less used-car lot, one more gas station. Malik Imran, owner of 3223 Bailey Ave., wants to convert the former used-car sales lot in the city's South District into a new gas station. In his application for a special-use permit from the Common Council, he cited the need to meet a community need,  while also creating jobs and "business opportunity." He plans to remo…

Dr. Paul T. Biddle, an Orchard Park pain management specialist, is the latest doctor to face criminal charges tied to illegal prescriptions. Arrested Tuesday morning, Biddle appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was released on bail. The allegations against Biddle are unknown at this time, although a source said he is accused of prescribing d…

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The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in October - its lowest level since May - as a tight labor market pushed the number of jobless workers close to a 17-year low. The drop in the unemployment rate, which inched down from 4.9 percent in October 2016, is a sign that the Buffalo Niagara labor market remains robust, even with a report last week indicat…

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A Buffalo man is accused of holding a woman's head underwater in a toilet during an attack early Monday, according to a police report. Gary D. Sullivan, 41, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at an apartment on Weyand Avenue, off Seneca Street, according to a report. Sullivan is also accused of slapping, punching and choking the victim, the report states. He …

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A Niagara Falls police officer accidentally wounded a fellow officer in the leg while shooting a dog that was attacking them Tuesday afternoon, police said. The two officers were dispatched at 11 a.m. to investigate a complaint about two loose dogs on the 1100 block of North Ave. The officers secured the dogs and were attempting to return them to their owner when a thir…

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Everyone likes a bargain but, sometimes, that low, low price is a tip off, a red flag of sorts. You may be buying a fake. With the holiday shopping season upon us, federal law enforcement officials warned consumers Tuesday to be on the look out for counterfeit goods and suggested more than once that shoppers need to be the front line of defense. "If it's a popular…

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Lancaster police have identified the motorist killed Nov. 15 in a head-on collision as Julie Rybarczyk-Smith, 55, a town resident. Rybarczyk-Smith was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west driven by Ryan T. McGuire, 23, of Buffalo, crossed over into oncoming traffic, Detective Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said. Ry…

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The current Niagara Scenic Parkway above Niagara Falls should be replaced with a new road that wouldn't cut off the City of Niagara Falls from its waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins said Tuesday. The New York Power Authority should foot the bill for the removal of what used to be called the Robert Moses Parkway from Interstate 190 to the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park…

If you would like to serve on a police oversight panel, City Hall wants to hear from you. The Common Council's Police Oversight Committee is accepting applications for seats on its community advisory body. The role of the advisory group - which is expected to begin its work in early 2018 - includes meeting with the public and Buffalo Police Department officials as we…

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A correction officer at Albion Correctional Facility has been charged with official misconduct for  engaging in "an unlawful personal relationship" with an inmate, according to the State Police. Daijon Talford, 33, of Buffalo, was arrested Monday following an investigation by the State Police and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of S…

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A Niagara Falls woman admitted Monday that she was driving under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when she seriously injured two women in a pair of auto accidents in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard May 25. Karen T. Sebring, 42, of 26th Street, could go to prison for as long as four years for two counts of vehicular assault and one count of impaired dri…

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A North Tonawanda woman will serve three years in state prison, to be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, for having sex with a 14-year-old boy on April 14. Kayla M. Dixon, 27, of Schenck Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Grundy said the incident was not forcible and the charge stemmed from …

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Niagara County officials are optimistic about receiving state funding for construction of a breakwater in Lake Ontario that would protect the low-lying hamlet of Olcott from flooding. Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg and County Legislator John Syracuse, both of whom represent Olcott, said Monday they've been working with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office on a project…