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Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who officially announced she is running for mayor on Sunday, bristles at the notion she could be a spoiler in what is now a three-way race in the Democratic primary. Grant, a longtime force in East Side politics, will take on incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown, with the potential for the two to split the vote in the African-American …

Now that downtown has been selected as the location for a new train station, the peregrine falcons nesting atop the Central Terminal need not be concerned about Amtrak trains pulling into and out of the East Side landmark. On the horizon, though, is a developer who has been negotiating for more than a year to buy the terminal, with a deal possibly weeks or months away. …

Did the Central Terminal lose the battle but win the war? The choice of downtown for a new train station was a deep disappointment for supporters who have grown accustomed to the Central Terminal being passed by. But the attention lavished on the East Side landmark during the selection process, the passionate support received from the public and the expressions of co…

Jon Williams wants to bring a historic Buffalo industrial power complex – complete with its towering smokestack – back to life as office, restaurant and living space. Williams' Ontario Specialty Contracting, which owns the former Schoellkopf Icehouse at 229 Elk St. and 83 Lee St., is seeking to convert the Valley neighborhood building into a mixed-use development. …

Western New York’s walking man is gearing up for a new season of outdoor fitness, starting next week with National Walk at Lunch Day. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Haberstro will lead a walk at noon Wednesday starting and ending at The Buffalo News, …

Greg Liberto isn’t a psychologist – but as a sports performance coach, he’s still able to put the Buffalo Bills and Sabres players on a metaphorical couch to try to sum up their playoff droughts. “Once you have a professional team that believes in itself, even if they don’t have a much talent as other teams, that belief can take you further,” Liberto said as…

The yellow farmhouse house on Potomac Avenue that once belonged to one of Buffalo’s most prominent residents will stay put and get renovated after the Common Council designated it a city landmark. But seven new townhomes may be going up on the property where the garage is located, after developers were given the green light last month to demolish it. "The house won…

The first phase of a new residential development where Central Park Plaza once stood has cleared another hurdle on its way through the approval process. The city's Zoning Board of Appeals granted variances that allow the project developers - now dubbed Highland Park Village  - to avoid putting up a six-foot fence to screen the parking area on the northern side of Chal…

By Jashonda Williams – Contributing Writer Although the health of our environment impacts us all, not everyone is concerned about it. There’s still lot of work to be done spreading awareness and importance of a sustainable environment. Earth Week – which has taken place this week and culminates with Earth Day on Saturday – has been a tradition at the Universi…

Downtown was picked Thursday for a new train station. Now, it will be up to the state Department of Transportation to determine its exact location. Local officials on the Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee expect a prompt decision. "The governor clearly wants it to be a fast-track process, and I think the same kind of time constraints we had as a committee wil…

Buffalo Works – a week of job fairs sponsored by the city and a variety of partners  – starts Monday as follows: • 5 to 7 p.m. Monday: Community Workforce Outreach focused on jobs in the Northland Corridor; Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave.; for more  information, email casnydmr@gmail.com. • 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday: Diversity job fair hosted by Mayo…

A new Buffalo train station should be located downtown, a site selection committee concluded Thursday. The vote was 11 in favor of downtown, 4 in favor of the Central Terminal, with one abstention. The Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee, led by Mayor Byron W. Brown, reached its decision after listening for about two hours to a presentation by an engineering co…

Buffalo wants a new train station and the governor says the state is willing to put up $25 million to build a new one. But where? The panel formed six months ago is expected Thursday to say downtown – not Central Terminal – as the best site, according to several sources close to the Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee. [Coverage: Train station panel meeting…

State funds will help pay for electrical upgrades at Buffalo's Central Terminal. A $250,000 grant will upgrade the landmark's electric panels, allowing "full utilization of the historic building," according to a statement from the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' office. The state money is administered by the state Dormitor…