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Construction has begun on a controversial hotel development in Amherst just as the town mounts a new effort to stop the project.Iskalo Development on Thursday received a building permit for its proposed Hyatt Place Hotel, and backhoes have already begun clearing trees for the site along I-290.Town Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, seen by some as previously supportive of the …

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Three sanitation workers removing garbage in an East Amherst neighborhood were taken to area hospitals Friday morning after being overcome by chemicals that had been improperly tossed in the trash.A combination of pool chemicals and chlorine bleach caused a “cloud” that affected the workers, according to Chief Jim Lawida of the Main-Transit Fire Department.The three wo…

Sykes Enterprises says it will lay off 65 of 310 employees at its Amherst call center.The Tampa, Fla.-based company filed a notice with the state Department of Labor saying the job cuts would occur Sept. 25. Its call center is located at 251 John James Audubon Parkway.In its notice, Sykes cited “discontinuance of client account operations” as the reason for the layoffs…

Congregation Shir Shalom in Amherst will mark the retirement of Rabbi Irwin A. Tanenbaum today and Saturday.Tanenbaum will give his final sermon to the congregation during Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. today.A tribute to Tanenbaum, a rabbi for 38 years, including nine in Western New York, will be held Saturday.Tanenbaum, 66, will become rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shir S…

While Erie County and its community college have decided where to build a new academic building, it’s still going to take a few years before the doors are open.The $30 million building planned for the ECC North Campus in Amherst is scheduled to open in January 2017, according to a tentative calendar for construction.“This is a very cautious calendar because we want to …

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The owner of Alessi Fitness-Kids in Williamsville was arrested Thursday by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a college intern who was working for his business in April 2012.Donald A. Alessi Jr., 44, of Orchard Park was arraigned on an arrest warrant in Clarence Town Court and released without bail.Alessi turned…

Ingram Micro is looking at adding about 250 jobs to its Amherst operations, as its landlord tries to obtain approval from the town to expand a parking lot at the Wehrle Drive property.Lisa Zwick, an Ingram Micro spokeswoman, could not specify how soon the new jobs might be added. “These are growth projections we hope to see happen in the long term,” she said.Ingram Mic…

As the race for Amherst supervisor heats up, a familiar issue – development – is once again taking center stage.One needed to look no further than a ritzy Snyder neighborhood Tuesday night to see the issue is as controversial as ever.Members of the Livingston Parkway Association – who are fighting a six-story Hyatt hotel from being built near their backyards – held…

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Erie Community College officials say they are committed to using their downtown facilities to train the region’s workforce needed for new blue-collar jobs that will be opening up in the coming years.While the college recently decided to put a new building on the Amherst campus, school administrators say they remain committed to downtown Buffalo.More than $25 million has …

The downsizing of the Amherst Town Board from six members to five has been given what appears to be a final green light after years of contentious debate.The board voted Monday not to mount a legal challenge to a judge’s ruling that cleared the way for the downsizing to go ahead. “We shouldn’t be wasting our time, energy and resources on this appeal,” said Council …

Kathleen B. Pittman, 47, pleaded guilty today before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to embezzling $20,742 from the Northtowns Orthopedics business at 8750 Transit road, East Amherst while she was administrator and billing secretary for the company from Jan. 4, 2006 until this past Nov. 19.Senior Prosecutor Susan H. Sadinsky told The Buffalo News that Pittman…

AmherstThe Amherst Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 3 p.m.The board will discuss consolidation of the Amherst and Williamsville sanitary sewer systems, the appeal of a decision on downsizing the board and cell p…

Buffalo had one of the highest violent crime rates in the country last year, according to new FBI statistics.Buffalo had the 11th highest rate among the nation’s big cities, with 1,288 violent crimes per 100,000 people, an analysis of the 2012 crime figures shows.In comparison, Detroit had the highest crime rate of over 100 cities with more than 200,000 people, followed …

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Nine-year-old Jenna Stroud of Cheektowaga rode for her teenage brother, to whom she donated her bone marrow when she was 7. Debbie Rogers of North Tonawanda rode for her Uncle Nathan, who died of pancreatic cancer last year.James Woodrow of Buffalo couldn’t afford the registration fee, so he volunteered to honor his mother, who died of lung cancer in 1997. Tom Thompson o…

Beginning Monday, westbound drivers on Interstate 290 might experience delays or be forced to take detours at night.The state Department of Transportation announced Friday that the highway will be repaved nightly from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. If the weather cooperates, the repaving project is expected to take one week to complete.The project will begin at the interchange betwee…