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Robert G. Wilmers, the chief executive officer and chairman who steered M&T Bank into a powerful financial institution doing business across the Northeast, has died unexpectedly. He was 83. His death overnight, at his residence in New York City, was confirmed Sunday by  C. Michael Zabel, the bank's spokesman. Zabel told The News that Wilmers' wife, Elisabeth, was…

A 30-year-old Jamestown man was arrested early Sunday after reports that a man had threatened someone with a gun on Barrett Avenue. Officers stopped a vehicle quickly leaving the area that matched the description of the suspect's vehicle at around 5:18 a.m. They reported finding Shane P. Corrigan with a loaded gun. Corrigan was being held in Jamestown City Jail, awai…

Robert G. Wilmers, the longtime chairman and chief executive officer who drove M&T Bank Corp.'s growth from a small local bank into one of the nation's biggest financial institutions, died unexpectedly late Saturday night. Wilmers, 83, died at his home in New York City, said M&T spokesman C. Michael Zabel. His wife of 20 years, Elisabeth Roche Wilmers, was by hi…

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Robert G. Wilmers was much more than the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest banker. Wilmers, who died unexpectedly Saturday night, was a unifying force for the region's business community at a time when it was scattered and weakened by self-interest. As chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, Wilmers, 83, was one of the first to see the potential in the Buffalo Niagara regio…

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M&T Bank on Sunday issued this press release regarding the death of its chairman and chief executive officer, Robert G. Wilmers. BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With deep sadness, M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE:MTB)("M&T") announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wilmers died suddenly and unexpectedly at home late last night.  He was 83. In accordance w…

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NIAGARA FALLS -- After eight years of planning, plenty of controversy and more than $600,000, Niagara Falls has installed its first major piece of public art in decades. The piece – long delayed by planning, funding and installation issues – is meant to mark the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty between America and Canada in 2009. But it has been greeted w…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Sherwood Sarles remembers walking out of a downtown Buffalo movie theater into the drama of World War II. The streets were filled with soldiers and citizens who appeared to be celebrating a battle that had been won by the Allies. "A special edition of The Buffalo News was being sold on a street corner and I still can hear the shouting, 'Extra! Extra! Extra! Read all …

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During the yuletide, if you happen to run into Francis Geremia, there's a good chance he'll hand you a Christmas card. Each one carries the image of a beagle, staring at the camera with solemn and knowing eyes. "That dog understood me," Francis said. "Everything that happened for me, with Snoopy, it happened hand-in-hand." Francis, 57, is a quiet Upstate legend. H…

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A tractor-trailer driver who cut a corner too sharply Saturday, clipping a fire hydrant, knew his rig was driving awkwardly after that but didn't know why – until he got stopped by City of Tonawanda police. That's when he learned he had been dragging two large boulders, weighing about 1,000 pounds each, that had lodged underneath his trailer and left his left rear tires…

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Orchard Park's highway superintendent wants a committee formed to look into how to improve the maintenance of the town's parks. That's Fred Piasaecki Jr.'s reply to a proposal made in September by the Recreation Commission that the Recreation Department take over the operation of parks from the Highway Department. "The present system that we have in place, I think, i…

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Slippery road conditions and a Good Samaritan's efforts to help resulted in two cars in ditches next to the state Thruway exit ramp from I-90 East to the westbound Youngmann just before 10 a.m. Sunday. New York State Police, as well as more than a dozen volunteers from Snyder and U-Crest Fire & Rescue in Cheektowaga responded to the scene, which brought traffic betw…

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Cleaning up the region’s waterways has already proven to be a boost for Buffalo. Think Canalside, or kayaking the Buffalo River, or new apartments on Ohio Street. But can this waterfront resurgence help turn around a Buffalo high school? That’s the hope for Riverside Institute of Technology on Ontario Street along the Niagara River, where this year’s incoming fres…

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The U.S. residential solar market has a Tesla problem. After more than a decade of double-digit growth, the nation is expected to install fewer rooftop solar systems on homes during 2017, according to a new report by GTM Research. And Tesla, the electric vehicle maker that is ramping up a mammoth solar panel factory in South Buffalo, is the biggest reason behind the …

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WASHINGTON – The historic rehabilitation tax credit – the spark behind the renovation of dozens of buildings in Buffalo in recent years – and several other key tax breaks for development survived in the final version of a tax reform bill likely to pass Congress this week. The historic tax credit, the New Markets tax credit and some key bond financing tax breaks all had …

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