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When Erie County polls open on Nov. 7, voters probably won't encounter the long lines that they saw in the 2016 presidential election. Voter enthusiasm over countywide contests for comptroller, clerk and sheriff is gauged as low, while a dearth of races in the City of Buffalo is tamping down any expectations of substantial turnout there. Amherst, Hamburg and Lancast…

Business

A California real-estate investment trust has purchased the AMC Maple Ridge 8 movie theater building in Amherst for $18.1 million, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. San Diego's Realty Income, which invests in shopping centers, dollar stores and drug stores, bought the property at 4276 Maple Road, at Sweet Home Road, from American Multi-C…

Amherst

The public can sip coffee and hear from candidates for elected offices at an event Friday morning in Amherst. The forum, dubbed "Coffee with the Candidates," starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Confirmed candidates who will be participating, as of Tuesday morning, include: Erin Peradotto for State Supreme C…

Unused or expired medications may be turned in for safe disposal Saturday in Amherst. Amherst police and the DEA are holding the drop off from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road. Accepted medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter meds, veterinary medications, vitamins and homeopathic treatmen…

New lighting would be installed in Williamsville's parks -- if the village receives a $50,000 state grant. The village became eligible for the grant this year, when it was named a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA. The Village Board Monday agreed its application would propose using the money for new LED light fixtures at South Long, Island and Garrison parks, as well…

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Amherst police have made an arrest in a shooting in January on Hartford Road. Police from Amherst and Cheektowaga served a search warrant Friday morning on Marne Road in Cheektowaga and took Raaquim McCrayer into custody, according to Amherst police. McCrayer, 25, of Cheektowaga, is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Jan. 28 shooting of a…

EduKids, the region's largest day care business, has won approval to build a new, $2.5 million day-care center on Main Street in Amherst just outside the town's only gated community. EduKids plans to move its center now located at 235 College Parkway to a building it would own at 6286 Main St., near Stonham Way, on a 1.7-acre parcel along the driveway that leads into Ma…

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Street lights will be installed next year along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where five pedestrians have been struck and killed since 2013. The nearly $1 million project between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda calls for new lights along the 3.3 miles from the I-290 north to the border with Niagara County to improve pedestrian safety and driver visibility. …

A proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard cleared a key hurdle at Thursday's meeting of the Amherst Planning Board. The Planning Board voted, 5-1, to recommend rezoning the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Old Niagara Falls Boulevard, north of East Robinson Road, from general business to motor service. The …

Business

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. …

Amherst

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…

Amherst

The sale of a nearly 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development was approved Tuesday by the School Board. Ciminelli purchased the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, for $220,000, more than three times it…

Business

Audubon Women's Medical Associates, the largest OB/GYN practice in the Northtowns, has moved into its new office in Amherst. The practice had been located since 1993 in an 8,600-square-foot office at 1360 North Forest Road, near Maple Road, but sought more room to accommodate growth and new services provided by its employees. Audubon Women's Medical Associates has 33 …

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A Delta Sonic proposed for Niagara Falls Boulevard is on the agenda for Thursday's Amherst Planning Board meeting after the project was delayed for months to give the developer time to meet with neighbors to address their concerns. The company is planning to build a car wash, gas station, oil change building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at the longtime …

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New York State is giving a $1.3 million grant to the Erie County Water Authority to pay for critical repairs to water transmission systems in Amherst that serve 215,000 customers in the Northtowns but have a history of breaks. The money will pay for 60 percent of the $2.1 million cost to replace a 36-inch transmission main. The most notable water break involving this ma…