We’re finally starting to see the payoff in our paychecks from the tightening Buffalo Niagara job market. And it’s a pretty significant payoff, too. Our personal incomes grew by 4.1 percent last year, after adjusting for inflation, the federal government reported recently. It was the biggest increase in inflation-adjusted incomes, on a per capita basis, in 32 …

Here is the timetable for moving outpatient clinics and other patient services from the current Women & Children's Hospital on Bryant Street to the Oishei Children's Outpatient Center in the Conventus Building at 1001 Main St. January 3, 2017 Blood draw Craniofacial Center of WNY Electroencephalogram Neurology Dermatology Dental Ophthalmology …

An East Aurora family has donated $4 million, the largest ever one-time gift to SUNY Buffalo State College, to support the college's distinguished Art Conservation Department. The gift was made by Richard E. and Patricia H. Garman family. Richard Garman is the former president and CEO of Buffalo Crushed Stone and ABC Paving Co. Patricia Garman taught psychiatric nursin…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday revealed for the first time that he has spoken with federal prosecutors about the pay-to-play corruption case brought against several people with close ties to him. “I have talked to them about the case,’’ Cuomo told reporters after an economic development event Thursday afternoon in Albany. Cuomo said the discussion –…

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 to discuss proposed improvements on Route 20, from Amsdell to Lakeview roads in the Town of Hamburg. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Frontier Middle School, 2751 Amsdell Road, Hamburg.  The meeting will be conducted in an open forum fo…

RiverWorks partners Earl Ketry and Doug Swift plan to redesign and resubmit a proposal for a giant digital display sign on the side of their riverfront entertainment complex after the initial concept was rejected by the city Zoning Board of Appeals. Ketry and Swift last month sought a variance to allow a 90-foot by 80-foot digital sign on the concrete grain elevator com…

Talk of Uber -- or Buffalo's lack thereof -- has been everywhere lately. County Hall. City Hall. Buffalo Place. That didn't escape Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemsky on Thursday as he prepared to announce a series of state economic development awards. The Buffalo developer, speaking at a state event in Albany, joked he was almost late getting to the gath…

Some of Sandy Beach Park Club’s newest members this year include barking mudpuppies, pinching crayfish and paddling mink. Wood ducks, walleye and egrets also joined. All found a natural spot at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s first-of-its-kind “Living Shorelines” restoration pilot project along this nearly 200-foot stretch of newly restored Niagara River …

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Anthony H. Gioia of Buffalo – like many other Republicans – never got excited over Donald J. Trump's candidacy. Gioia first signed on to Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign, even helping to run local and national fundraisers. When that fizzled, the retired businessman and former ambassador to Malta then joined the effort of Sen.…

A convicted drug dealer whose arrest while he was free on bail outraged families of people killed by opioids was sentenced on Thursday to 13 years in prison. Robert L. Smith, 29, was first arrested on Feb. 17 after a police raid on his apartment recovered 150 packs of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Smith was freed on $50,000 bond and appeared in court as sch…

Republicans are seeking candidates for elected office in the Town of Tonawanda, where Democrats have dominated government for a decade. The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee is seeking candidates for three Town Board seats, as well as highway superintendent, in 2017, said Committee Chairman Sean O’Neil. After decades of Republican dominance in town government,…

An affiliate of Ronco Communications will buy the former Hamister Group building on Delaware Avenue as the headquarters for a startup business that sells interactive white boards for schools and corporations. Triad Real Properties LLC will acquire the 28,000-square-foot office building at 651 Delaware from Ron Alsheimer's Plaza Group. Officials have not disclosed the p…

LOCKPORT - John M. Billings Jr., who took part in an armed robbery and shooting last year behind a gas station on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison, the most he could have received. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III had said he would consider giving Billings, 32, of Zito Drive, Niagara Falls, a lighter senten…

Improvements to Niagara Street in Buffalo, along with renovations to a plaza in downtown Jamestown and upgrades to a sewer treatment plant in Lackawanna were the region’s top winners of funding through the state’s regional economic development council program. In all, Western New York is getting $62 million in state funding for a projects backed by the Western New Y…

A new music venue – or Venu – has opened on West Chippewa Street. In the setting formerly occupied by McMonkey’s, Lux, Pure and Level, Venu will offer what Assistant Manager Timothy Walton calls “a Vegas-style concert experience,” one centered on but not limited to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) events. The room, at 75 W. Chippewa St., will hold between 500 a…