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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…

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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 Mayor Byron W. B…

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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…

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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 to …

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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…

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Imagine sitting in a City Hall meeting knowing the two-hour maximum on your parking meter is about to expire soon. Currently, one option is to leave the meeting, move the car to a different parking spot and then start the meter-paying process all over again. The other option is to stay in the meeting and hope a meter reader doesn’t ticket your car. But beginning next mo…

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has made the rare decision to hold an in-person, public hearing to decide whether Carl P. Paladino can remain on the Buffalo School Board. Elia's decision comes nearly four months after Paladino's racially charged comments about former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama elicited intense public calls …

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A  big hole has sat in the ground for years at the northern end of the former Memorial Auditorium site. Two politicians said they want a public marketplace long planned for that site. "Let's get rid of the hole and the construction site junkyard, and move quickly to get the public market and Buffalo-themed restaurants open so we can realize the full potential of Cana…

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A project to create a new neighborhood at Gates Circle will begin with a six-story, brick-and-glass apartment building with first-floor retail, balconies and a rooftop patio. But the larger development around it will no longer include the YMCA, which has withdrawn from the project. Meanwhile, the developers are still trying to buy an adjacent 750-space parking ramp f…

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Get an oil change or tuneup – and live entertainment and a glass of wine – all in the same building. Charles Anderson, who owns the building that contains Viktor Garage auto repair at 63 Military Road, is converting the back of the 13,000-square-foot site into a music studio to host live bands with ticketed admission. About 5,000 square feet already have been turned into…

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Sandy Starks tells stories about women. Not just any women, but Western New York heroines who shook up the world during their lives. Some created a desire for change. Some were pioneers in newspapers or nursing associations. One brave lady talked a military commander out of burning her home to the ground. "In each of their lives, something happened that stirred them …

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Buffalo is blooming into a city of beautiful bridges. Instead of the utilitarian spans reminiscent of Soviet-style bleakness, transportation planners are now summoning the city’s rich architectural and historical heritage as they erect a series of new bridges across major highways. Over the past several years, the state Department of Transportation has led the way wi…

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As Western New Yorkers shoot each other with squirt guns, tap each other with pussy willows, or celebrate Dyngus Day today in some other fashion, The Buffalo News will bring you live coverage of the festivities at the Dyngus Day parade and the Central Terminal party. Reporter Harold McNeil and photographer Mark Mulville will be at the Dyngus Day gatherings, and will be …

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A Buffalo preservationist on Monday made a last-minute appeal for a downtown train station as the committee charged with recommending a site prepares to weigh in. Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, has lobbied on behalf of constructing a station just to the south of the existing Exchange Street Amtrak station that would serve train, Met…

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A downtown Buffalo resident who owns a 127-year-old West Side livery building wants to turn it into 13 apartments and combine it with an adjacent small garage that would become office space. Perry Hill has sought variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals to redevelop a two-story light brick building at 730 West Ave. into two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio apartments. …