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The Buffalo Niagara job market laid an egg in September. While job growth has slowed to a crawl for most of this year, hiring turned negative in September, with the region losing 3,500 jobs from September 2016 to September 2017, according to new data released Thursday by the state Labor Department. It was the worst job loss for any month over the past 7 1/2 years, da…

Attorneys for the Buffalo police officer accused of tripping and injuring a prisoner at Central Booking want a non-jury trial in late November. City Court Judge Joseph A. Fiorella held off on the request, saying it could be discussed when Officer Joseph R. Hassett and his lawyers return Nov. 2 to discuss pending motions. A new charge of making a punishable false writ…

The City of Lockport is offering early bidding for a house scheduled to be sold at the city foreclosure auction — but only from buyers who pledge to fix up 11 South St. and live there for at least three years. Planning and Development Director Brian M. Smith said prospective bidders must call 439-6688, and the city will take the best offer that comes in by noon Nov. 3…

Ivan Perez, who held a machete to his daughters' throats Feb. 3 and then held Niagara Falls police at bay during a one-hour standoff, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison. "He knows what he did was awful," said defense attorney Christopher A. Privateer. Perez has a history of mental health problems and substance abuse, the attorney said. "He wasn't o…

Christopher M. Wright, who is awaiting sentencing for molesting a 13-year-old Williamsville girl and who was arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting another girl, now faces charges in connection with a third victim. Wright, 45, of Oakwood Drive, Pendleton, was charged Wednesday with six more counts — two felonies and four misdemeanors — in connection wi…

Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels has paid $6.5 million to add a Courtyard by Marriott in Amherst to its growing portfolio of hotels, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The Cheektowaga-based group bought the 108-room hotel at 4100 Sheridan Drive, near the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, from DelMonte Hotel Group of Rochester. …

ALBANY – No more elephants in circuses and parades. Legislation that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed Thursday forbids their use in those and other entertainment events. The prohibition does not kick in for two years. “Once again, New York State is proving to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves,’’ said state Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Westchester Co…

A handwritten letter sat along the edge of the Niagara River in Broderick Park on Thursday morning. Below an American flag and beside a blue pumpkin and bouquets of flowers, the one-page note in blue cursive lettering was fastened to one of the bouquets. It was addressed to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. The author described herself as "a grateful Buffalo…

Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows. The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of…

Cheyenne N. Buck, who rushed into a Niagara Falls street fight April 14 to punch and stab a woman, was sentenced Thursday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have given Buck, 22, of Seventh Street for her plea to attempted second-degree assault. Buck told a probation officer in a presentencing interview …

Niagara University has renamed its dining hall in honor of local restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore. The Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons recently underwent an $8 million renovation. Salvatore, who received an honorary doctorate from Niagara last year, made what the university called "a generous gift." The university did not disclose the amount. The dining facility…

Amherst's supervisor wants to build a community center in Northwest Amherst, but several issues have to be resolved first. The town and Sweet Home Central School District have identified a possible location on Sweet Home Road, just north of Westwind Lane, but the district-owned parcel contains wetlands. Officials are waiting to see if the state will allow a center to bu…

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue. Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from J…

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday granted a pair of variances to allow construction of a proposed five-story apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, despite opposition by a few neighbors. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Linda McMahon, the former pro wrestling executive who heads the Small Business Administration, is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Tuesday. McMahon has been visiting SBA districts around the country on her "SBA Ignite" tour, meeting with small businesses to hear their concerns. She is scheduled to visit the SBA's offices on South Elmwood Avenue. McMahon and her husba…