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 …

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 new 23-story Queen City Landing apartment tower, barring a legal victory by project opponents. According to an court document filed by Queen City Landing owner Gerald Buchheit, groundbreaking for the lakeside residential complex is sche…

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…

The battle lines are drawn. And, unless you live in Niagara County or extreme northern Erie County, get ready to shovel some snow. The snow is likely to start flying around the Buffalo metro area about 9 p.m. By mid-day Thursday, it will drop about 2 inches at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. South Buffalo, L…

Unconscious and near death, William C. Sager Jr. was nevertheless handcuffed. So was his friend, Donald Hall. Unlike Sager, he lived to tell about his run-in with the off-duty Buffalo Police Officer, Robert E. Eloff. It was May of 2014 and Eloff was working private security at Molly's Pub when bar manager Jeffrey J. Basil, during an altercation, shoved Sager down a f…

Ed Stone enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Buffalo, in December 1940. He did what the Navy told him. He brought only a light spring jacket. He remembers that he slept the night before at the YMCA. He remembers the stone steps of the old Post Office were covered with ice, and it took him three tries to reach the top, without breaking his neck. He remembers the heater wasn't w…

LITTLE VALLEY – Shawn Chastain, 40, of Olean, has been ordered to repay the Cattaraugus County Social Services Department the $67,282.69 in welfare benefits he illegally obtained for over four years, District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman reported. Chastain was ordered to make the repayment following a County Court restitution hearing linked to his recent conviction on…