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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 The lawsuit was withdrawn without prejudice, whi…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…

Natale Builders plans to construct 30 patio homes with condominium status in a new subdivision at Roll and Newhouse roads in Clarence. The houses in Creekwood Meadows would range in price from the high $300,000s to $500,000 or more and be 1,500 to nearly 3,000 square feet, said Angelo Natale, the company's CEO. The project, including construction of the patio homes, inf…

The congregation at Temple Beth Tzedek could begin work this week on its planned, $4 million synagogue addition on North Forest Road in Amherst. Temple Beth Tzedek has merged with B'nai Shalom, located at 1641 N. Forest, and could move by fall 2018 from its longtime Getzville Road home, which it is selling to Northtown Automotive. Work on the 10,210-square-foot synag…

County Legislature Minority Leader Thomas Loughran, D-Amherst, won re-election two years ago with the help of an endorsement by Erie County Conservative Party, whose votes gave him the critical edge  to defeat challenger Guy Marlette, a former Amherst Town Board member. But Loughran was denied the county Conservative endorsement this year. Party Chairman Ralph Lorigo d…

Former Amherst Town Board member Guy Marlette, who is running against Democrat Thomas Loughran for the 5th District County Legislature seat in Amherst, says Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz has done some good things overall. But his social media habits are not one of them, said Marlette, who spoke to The Buffalo News Editorial Board. Marlette, a registered …

Amherst property owners are looking at a one percent increase in their town taxes next year. Under Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein's eighth and final tentative budget unveiled Monday, the tax levy – the amount raised by taxes – would increase for the second year in a row after six years of decreases. The levy would increase by $1 million, or 1.36 percent, to nearly…

Are there plenty of hotels serving visitors to the Northtown Center in Amherst? Or not enough? That was the central question before the Amherst Town Board on Monday -- as debate continued on whether to rezone three acres at the ice rink complex so a developer can build a four-story, 105-room Hampton by Hilton hotel. Michele Marconi, the first of six speakers durin…

The Amherst Town Board is holding a public hearing Monday night on the rezoning change required for an $11 million hotel proposed for the Northtown Center. The 3-acre parcel at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, near the University at Buffalo North Campus, would change from recreation conservation to general business zoning to make way for the four-story, 105-room Hampton by Hil…

June 22, 1924 – Oct. 5, 2017 Janet G. Collins, a homemaker and dedicated volunteer, died Thursday in Northgate Health Care Facility, Wheatfield, where she had lived since 2013, following a lengthy illness. She was 93. The former Janet Katharine Gibbons was born in Buffalo and grew up on Linwood Avenue. She graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Buffalo and earned a …

Learn more about how a "single-payer" healthcare system works during a panel discussion Thursday in Amherst. Single-payer, also known as "Medicare for all," is a universal health insurance program in which taxes fund essential health care coverage for all citizens. The discussion presented by the League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara begins at 7 p.m. in Harlem Road …

The Williamsville Village Board will host a special work session Thursday on the latest version of Natale Development's plan to build apartments and townhouses in the village. Mayor Brian Kulpa will moderate the session, which seeks public input on the developer's proposal, which has evolved since 2015. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, 5565 Main St. N…

School taxes are due by Oct. 16 for Amherst residents, who will have several options to make payment this year. Taxes may be paid by mail, in person at the Town Clerk's Office, online or at select M&T Bank branches listed on the back of tax bills, Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger said in a news release. Mailed payments must be postmarked no later than Oct. 16 to avoid …