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Joseph D. McDonald, chief executive officer of Catholic Health, plans to step down from the hospital system in early 2018 after more than 15 years in the role. He will leave as an influential leader who played a key role in shaping the region's health care landscape. McDonald, a transplanted Southerner from Tennessee who arrived in late 2002, is the third president …

PGA Tour Event: Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday. TV: Thursday and Friday, 1-6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 2:30-6:30 p.m., NBC; and Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 1:30-6 p.m., NBC.Last year: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland came from three shots behind in the final round, closing with…

The Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo and Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden have received coveted accreditation status from the New York State Sheriff's Association. The accreditation should raise public confidence in the county's jails now that they have met or exceeded 166 standards ranging from policies and procedures to inmate services, said Peter R. Ke…

Written public comment on the proposed development of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst will be accepted through Oct. 2. A developer has requested the town rezone 141 of the 171 acres at the former golf course between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive for a mixed-use project. A public hearing on the project's environmental impact held Monday by the Town Board …

Absentee voters gave Lackawanna City Council candidate John Ingram an apparent victory Tuesday over Mohamed Albanna, breaking a tie in the Conservative Party primary, the two candidates said. Ingram and Albanna, who finished the Sept. 12 primary for the First Ward seat tied 28-28, both said Ingram received 17 absentee votes and Albanna two absentee votes when election…

Greenwich Associates plans to close a location in AppleTree Business Park in Cheektowaga by mid November, eliminating 149 jobs, the business said in a filing with the state Department of Labor. Connecticut-based Greenwich describes itself as a provider of market intelligence and advisory services to the financial services industry. It has been an AppleTree tenant for s…

Wegmans has placed near the top of another Fortune "Best Places to Work" list. This time, the Rochester-based grocer has come in at No. 7 in the "Best Workplaces for Women. Data from more than 400,000 anonymous employee surveys was used to compile the list, which considered hundreds of businesses from varying economic sectors. Women gave feedback about their companies' …

Buffalo homeowners have a new source of funds for home repairs. West Side Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. has received a $450,000 grant from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corp. to invest in eligible neighborhoods throughout the city. The 2017 City-Wide Home Repair Program is now open for applications for single-family and two-family owner-occupied dwelling…

Buffalo lawmakers are considering paying $600,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Buffalo police officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect during a confrontation in 2009. The Common Council on Tuesday tabled a motion to approve the settlement with the parents of Matthew Connors, who was 23 when he died. The proposal was referred to council's Claims Comm…

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate keeps creeping higher. The local jobless rate rose to 5.2 percent during August, up from 4.9 percent a year ago, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The region's unemployment rate now has increased for five straight months as the pace of hiring locally has cooled, although jobless levels still are hovering around a 10-year l…

The bank with the green flag is teaming up with Gang Green. M&T Bank on Tuesday announced a multiyear partnership with the New York Jets, making M&T the official community bank of the team. The dollar value and specific number of years of the deal were not disclosed. But the agreement expands on the NFL team affiliations the bank already has with the Buf…

Don't call it a food court. The food hall planned for a former Red Lobster storefront outside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is a destination in itself, says its developer, the Niagara Falls-based Mercado Development. Dubbed Hip City, the "chef-driven" food hall will host a mix of local and regional eateries that will share communal dining space. At 16,000 squa…

Here's what you need to know to save yourself a hefty fine: Parking rules are in effect 365 days a year, even on legal holidays. But ticketing tends to slow down quite a bit on holidays. The three least-ticketed days in 2016 – and the only days when fewer than 100 tickets were written: Christmas, July 4 and Easter. But there's good news about those meters – keep r…

Many parking meters and pay-and-display machines in heavily ticketed areas, including Chippewa Street and Hertel Avenue, lack information about when motorists must pay to park. Not knowing the hours or days leads to confusion and in some cases, unexpected parking tickets, said Hillary Collura, who co-owns Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill on Delaware Avenue just north o…

Buffalo Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said enforcement officers aren't ticketing busy areas to make more money for the city. They're there, he said, because it's where the most parking violations occur. "The areas that have the most density are where you are going to get the most people violating the laws, and our job is to enforce the law," Helfer said. "People don…