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 …

Crews from the Snyder Fire Department were called to a fire in a two-story house at 35 Hidden Pond Lane, off Getzville Road, in the Town of Amherst at about 7:07 p.m. on Thursday. Initial reports were that the fire was on the first floor of the structure. No further information was initially issued. Hidden Pond Lane is located between Main Street and Sheridan Dri…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Lockport man was arraigned Thursday in Niagara Falls City Court on a second-degree murder charge, related to the death of a man being identified by authorities as Daniel Sparks. Sparks' decomposed body was found Tuesday afternoon in overgrown bushes and debris off Mackenna Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. James W. Howard, 27, was ordered…

Orchard Park's Green Lake looks like just a puddle of water, but Thursday it began its journey back to becoming a lake. The 104-year-old lake was drained last year for dredging, but town officials closed the lake's lower dam gate Thursday so that it could begin filling with water. "It's up to Mother Nature and the Lord," Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem …

Frank B. Mesiah has seen lots of history during his 88 years in Buffalo – not all of it pretty. As he leaves the Buffalo NAACP helm after 20 years, he recites plenty of stories: racial epithets, neighborhood redlining against potential black homeowners, his fourth-grade daughter receiving telephone threats and a police department and school system none too interested in…

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…