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It was a bit of musical chairs in the Village of Blasdell Wednesday night as the mayor resigned, the deputy mayor took over, then the board appointed a new mayor. Mayor Michael Petrie, who joined the Hamburg Town Board Jan. 1, submitted his resignation during the mayor's report section of the meeting, where he said he was pleased to have been able to serve the villa…

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New York State officials have established in a 35,000-square-foot facility in Hamburg a stockpile of items that may be needed in severe weather events, disasters or other emergency situations. The state, which did not disclose the specific location, said the site was "strategically placed in Hamburg." The site also will be used as a staging location for emergency vehicl…

Food and Drink

A fire at the well-known John & Mary's restaurant in the Village of Hamburg has closed the business until further notice. https://twitter.com/KarenRobinsonBN/status/953635148209315840 A post on the John & Mary's Facebook page said a fire inside the restaurant occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday. John & Mary's closes at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. There were no injurie…

Hamburg

Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw will present his initiatives, plans and view of the town during the 17th annual State of the Town address presented by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 1. Shaw began his first term as supervisor Jan. 1. The address is part of the chamber's Leaders of Western New York series. The event is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. at Ilio DiPaolo'…

Hamburg

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie, who joined the Hamburg Town Board on Jan. 1, plans to resign as mayor during Wednesday's Village Board meeting. Petrie, who has served as mayor since 2010, said the village has been audited by the state comptroller's office, and he was waiting to sign the village's response letter on Wednesday before resigning. "I'm going to miss it. I …

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Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw said he plans to reach out to the two villages in the town, Blasdell and Hamburg, to discuss ways of working together. He would like to see the Town Board meet with the Blasdell and Hamburg village boards. "We'd invite the entire town," he said. Shaw said he is reaching out to the mayors of the two villages to discuss consolidation…

Hamburg

An 18-year-old man was killed early Friday in a crash on Southwestern Boulevard near Erie Community College, according to Town of Hamburg Police. Jacob Butterfield, of Derby, was pronounced dead at the scene, Hamburg Town Police said. Butterfield was alone in his vehicle, traveling east on Southwestern when he crossed the double yellow line and collided head-on with …

Business

Buffalo Wild Wings has closed its Niagara Falls and Hamburg locations. The sports bar and restaurant closed the stores at 1594 Military Road, near Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, and 3540 McKinley Parkway, near McKinley Mall, on Dec. 30. That leaves its only remaining local store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The struggling Buffalo Wild Wi…

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Hamburg residents believe it is their right to tell their elected officials how to vote on any and all measures. And unlike residents in most other Erie County towns, they could do it throughout Town Board meetings, before a resolution came to a vote. Or at least they could until Monday. James M. Shaw, the new town supervisor, changed the practice while adding anothe…

Hamburg

Majority can rule, but Hamburg's new supervisor laid down the law — literally — to the board's majority during a work session before the new Town Board's reorganization meeting Monday. "If we're going to run a board meeting tonight and in the future, we're going to run it pursuant to law. I'm not getting rolled over, OK?" Supervisor James M. Shaw said. As the board s…

Business

Every small business owner has had a moment when she thinks, uh-oh, this is a slow stretch. For Sarah and Josh Brunner of Hamburg, that time was in October. "We had five days in October and we didn't have any cats in here," Sarah Brunner said. And when you're running a feline hotel, you want it filled with cats. Luckily for them, that was a temporary blip, and …

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Former Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters is in line to become town attorney Monday evening. That's one of the changes in political appointments listed on the agenda for the Town Board reorganization meeting. When a new board takes over,  changes often occur. And Republicans will take control from Democrats when the newly-upsized five-member board meets 7 p.m. Mond…

Hamburg officials are hoping the observation deck at Hamburg Town Park can stay where it is. The state Department of Environmental Conservation told the town last month that the deck, built on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie last summer, violates state law because it was built in a regulated area within a coastal erosion hazard area. The construction required a state pe…

Family

To all the parents who've spent extra time with their kids during the holidays: Want to get away? The Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation Department has a program called Date Night Great Night which will allow you to do just that on selected Friday nights through April. The installments, for children in grades K-6, run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Youth…