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Classes have been canceled on Tuesday in Clemens Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus due to flooding caused by a broken valve in a water line, the university has announced. Floors one through four of the building will be closed as well, while floors five through eight will be open Tuesday and have water access. The upper floors were unaffected by the flo…

Natale Builders has brought its plan to build 80 houses on a sprawling plot of land in East Amherst out of limbo. Natale's attorneys on Friday asked the Town Board to schedule a public hearing on the zoning change required for the project, Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein said. Weinstein said he doesn't expect the board will hold a hearing before the end of the year.…

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the two young children of the mother who was killed in a high-speed collision on the Thruway in the Town of Hamburg Friday night after another woman driving the wrong way struck her vehicle. Amherst resident Jessica L. O'Connor, 29, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries and died later that night. Her young chil…

When the Williamsville Fire Department gets a call for help, people far and wide know something is up because a siren alerts firefighters to rush to the station on Main Street. That's how it's been for decades at most fire departments in the area. The siren became a part of everyday life. But in recent weeks, two Oakgrove Drive residents approached the Williamsville …

When James J. Allen retired as executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency in April 2016, the IDA kept paying him for another eight months. It wasn't a payroll mistake. Carlton N. Brock Jr., chairman of the Amherst IDA's board of directors, said the board and Allen agreed in spring 2016 that he would step down after 36 years as the IDA's leader, b…

Genesee County's industrial development authority paid tens of thousands of dollars in annual performance bonuses to CEO Steven G. Hyde until a watchdog agency criticized the practice. The authority ended the incentive payments in 2012, but not before paying Hyde a final bonus, his largest yet, of $142,000. Hyde's pay hasn't suffered without the bonuses, however. At …

A developer's plan to build apartments and townhouses on a former industrial site in Williamsville received two key approvals from the Village Board on Thursday. The Village Board determined the proposal by Natale Development would not harm the environment and authorized Mayor Brian Kulpa to sign a land swap agreement with the developer. The village still must finali…

Aldi is planning to remodel and expand its decade-old store on Transit Road in East Amherst, featuring more fresh food, a modern design and use of green building materials. The company is seeking permission for a 2,960-square-foot expansion of its 15,400-square-foot store at 9290-9300 Transit Road, between Casey and Muegel roads. The project will result in the loss of…

Six people, including a 13-year-old and a 5-year-old, were taken to area hospitals after a four-vehicle crash at the intersection of Main Street and Eggert Road on Friday morning, Amherst police said. The crash happened at 8:02 a.m., police said, and a portion of Main was closed to traffic for several hours between Eggert and Westfield roads, according to the state Dep…

Natale Builders' plan to build 80 houses on 57 acres along New Road in East Amherst got the go-ahead from the town Planning Board six months ago, over the objections of neighbors who said they feared adding traffic to a busy road with no sidewalks. But Natale has yet to ask the Town Board to schedule a hearing on the nearly $35 million project. CEO Angelo Natale said…

Leaf pickup will begin Nov. 1 in Amherst, Highway Superintendent Patrick Lucey announced. Until then, all leaves along with other growth material may be placed in open garbage cans or recyclable paper bags for pickup by the town's refuse contractor Modern Disposal, Lucey said. Private landscapers are required to dispose of leaves at their own expense, he noted. Lu…

CCS Oncology has dropped a lawsuit against Independent Health that accused the insurer of causing irreparable economic harm when it removed the oncology practice from its network. CCS, which brought the lawsuit in State Supreme Court last November before it moved to federal court, has voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. The lawsuit was withdrawn without prejudice, whi…

Republican candidates plan to boycott a public forum for candidates for Amherst Town Board scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The forum is hosted by the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board, and the Republican Party Vice Chairman Joe Heins said it's inappropriate for a partisan government-appointed board to host a poli…

Williamsville was not the recipient of a $10 million state grant for its proposal to transform a warehouse into a brewery and improve the surrounding streets. That Downtown Revitalization Initiative award went to Olean to revitalize its downtown neighborhoods and generate new opportunities for long-term growth. But Williamsville officials say they remain committed t…