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Anthony Bannon, a former Buffalo News critic and filmmaker who guided the Burchfield Penney Art Center through two major periods of growth, will retire from his post as director of the institution on July 1. Bannon's departure, which he announced to the Burchfield Penney's board Wednesday afternoon, will cap off the center's yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversa…

A Cuban national caught a small break in Erie County Court on Wednesday afternoon when Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced him to one day less than a full year in jail. The 364-day sentence gives Deladier Benitez, 34, of Miami a better chance to try to remain in this country when he is returned to Florida after serving his time in New York. Benitez pleaded guilty in Dece…

The mother who accuses the Buffalo Public Schools of instigating her arrest for home-schooling her children is now taking her case to the federal government. Kiarre Harris, whose children were removed from her custody by a Family Court judge, has filed civil rights complaints with both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that …

A 17-year-old Amherst girl was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday morning after she pleaded not guilty to a criminal mischief charge in Amherst Town Court. The girl is accused of throwing a brick through a window of an Eggerstville home late on Feb. 10, according to police records. She remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday in …

Erie County is taking the first step toward turning a significant portion of the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site from an industrial wasteland into an industrial park. With a deal in place for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to acquire nearly 148 acres of land along Route 5 from Dona Street to the south and just beyond Ridge Road to the north, county of…

NIAGARA FALLS - City police charged a 79th Street man with driving while intoxicated after a two-car rollover crash Tuesday afternoon that sent a woman to the hospital. At about 3:45 p.m., an Oldsmobile Bravado driven by John T. Wheeler, 48, ran a stop sign on Edison Avenue and struck a Dodge Neon heading north on 72nd, according to a police report. A police officer…

The conversion of the long-vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga into a new $20 million warehouse and distribution complex got a boost Wednesday when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved $2.5 million in tax breaks for the project. Benderson Development plans to demolish about half of the plaza and renovate the rest into a four-building complex at …

A drug outsourcing company in the Town of Tonawanda is getting $1.2 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to build a $5.6 million manufacturing facility in the Riverview Solar Technology Park. The 25,000-square-foot facility for Pine Pharmaceuticals will include several clean rooms and will provide the company with nearly six times the…

All it took was a $16,000 check to end the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's dilemma over whether or not it should claw back tax breaks from the Town of Tonawanda manufacturer after a slump in its key energy markets caused it to break its job creation promises. After months of debate over whether to claw back all of the tax breaks from the company, rescind onl…

Mayor Byron W. Brown, who is also chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, said Wednesday he is “leaning” toward endorsing former Labor Secretary Tom Perez for national party chairman. But the mayor added he will head to Atlanta for a meeting of the Democratic National Committee this weekend still officially undecided. Perez, a Buffalo native, and Rep…

NIAGARA FALLS - A 16-year-old girl was attacked Tuesday night in Gill Creek Park by a man who tried pulling down her pants, according to police. The teen said the attack happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. She told police she was approached by a man who started with small talk but then asked questions "of a sexual nature," Niagara Falls Police Chief of Detecives Kelly Rizz…

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island. But Sam Hoyt said local officials who believe, based on conversations with him, that the Goat Island lodge proposal is dead haven't got the stor…

The HAWK is flying high again at Hilbert College. HAWK Radio, a web-based radio station that was grounded and silent for most of last year, is again spinning tunes for the Hamburg campus. The college station resumed webcasts this past January with new webcasting software and a new location inside Hilbert's Digital Media and Communication lab. The station plays modern…