National Grid crews were working in South Buffalo to install a temporary overhead line to compensate for a failed underground cable that knocked out power to over 250 customers Friday and also affected some stop lights earlier in the day, according to Kathy Hill, a spokeswoman for the utility, on Friday evening. Some were still affected later in the day on Friday. The …

New York State's SAFE Act gun control law requires all residents who had pistol permits before 2013 to renew them or lose them, but Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski said Thursday the state hasn't done what it needs to do to make that possible. The law says the renewals are supposed to be done by Jan. 31, 2018, via a State Police website. However, Jastrzemski …

The first public meeting of the 17-member train station committee that will recommend the location of a new Amtrak station will be held Dec. 15. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Buffalo Common Council Chamber on the 13th floor of Buffalo City Hall. “We are pleased that there is so much community interest in the train station selection project…

The Food Bank of WNY provided 15.1 million pounds of food over the last year. That's at least 500,000 pounds more than given away the previous fiscal year and 3 million pounds more than five years ago, reflecting the area's increased demand. The organization gave 18 percent more food to seniors, 11 percent more to individuals and 8 percent more to  families during t…

The Southtowns has long needed a new hockey complex. There are now plans to build two in Hamburg, including one with former Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta as a partner. Liberatore Management Group and Ellicott Development are finalizing plans with the Kaleta Group for a 186,000-square-foot sports and entertainment complex in Hamburg, The Buffalo News has learned. The rec…

There is still opposition to closing the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center, despite assurances made by the State Office of Mental Health that it has addressed concerns about the state's plans to move juvenile psychiatric patients from the West Seneca facility into the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Last month, the state agency announced that it would begin see…

A fire that began near the front door of a house at 35 Hidden Pond Lane in Amherst Thursday night was put out but caused $40,000 damage, according to Chief Paul Griebner of the Snyder Fire Department. The fire was called in about 7:07 p.m. and was out within about 15 minutes, but heavy smoke caused by the fire forced its three adult occupants to seek temporary housing, …

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 …

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…

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…

Republicans are seeking candidates for elective 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…

The Buffalo school district has pulled out of its deal with a developer to build a second Emerson School of Hospitality near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Board of Education has terminated its agreement with Krog Corp., which was designated as the developer for a second Emerson inside the former Trico Products Corp. building at 817 Washington St. The lack…

The political winds already are blowing through the Village of Lancaster, three months before the next village election. Paul Maute will not seek re-election for a second term as mayor in the March 21 election. Instead, the Citizens' Party is backing three-term Trustee William C. Schroeder for mayor, an office with a four-year term that pays $12,900 a year. Maute …