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A candidate for Hamburg Town Board is getting some support from the lieutenant governor. Kathy Hochul will visit the Village of Hamburg Monday to campaign for Laura Palisano Hackathorn. Hackathorn is a village trustee who is running for one of the four-year terms on the Town Board - the very place Hochul began her career in elective office. Hackathorn said Hochul wi…

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Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. said he's the best candidate to take on incumbent Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, a member of the Independence Party. "Just because you're registered Independence doesn't mean you're independent," Quinn said. "She always votes with Republicans." But Dixon has had no trouble in the past beating her challenger…

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Hamburg police and firefighters pulled an unresponsive 62-year-old man from his vehicle after it went off the road and deep into a pond late Monday. The victim was taken by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday morning in the intensive care unit. A police report and Hamburg police officials described a harrowi…

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg has begun collecting monetary donations to provide needy youths with new warm winter clothing as part of this year's Warm the Children initiative. Schools, churches and human service agencies identify families in need of assistance from Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Brant, Derby, Eden, Evans, Lake View and North Collins. Those parents will shop a…

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Karen Lee Lewis, a poet, photographer, teaching artist and teacher consultant for the Western New York Writing Project, will be the guest artist at the Poetry Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Hamburg Public Library. She teaches creative writing workshops for children and adults throughout Western New York. She has been involved in arts education for more than …

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Candidates for Hamburg town supervisor faced each other at a Hamburg Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday at Woodlawn Beach State Park. Both James Shaw, the endorsed Democrat, and Dennis Gaughan, a Democrat endorsed by the Republican Party, said taxes have gone up in recent years in the town. Shaw, 71, said he wants to save money and increase revenues, offer retiremen…

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Local governments would receive more money from Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. if its Batavia Downs Gaming site was taxed at the same rate as other sites in the state. Western OTB President and CEO Henry F. Wojtaszek called for tax parity legislation Wednesday. He said the state taxes the gaming center in Batavia at 65 percent, the highest rate in the state,…

The owner of the average home in Hamburg would pay less than $14 more in taxes next year, under a tentative budget filed by Supervisor Steven Walters. The combined general and highway fund tax rate would go up 15 cents to $10.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residents living outside the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell. Village residents would also have a 15-cent…

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Hamburg Gaming rolled out some improvements Thursday to increase revenue and compete with the Seneca Nation for gamblers. The 900 chairs and new carpeting may not be enough to attract millennials, but the amenities are the first phase of a planned $7 million renovation that will likely include the elimination of the Midway Buffet and Cyclone Bar, said Robert Puhalski,…

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Catholic Health has agreed to buy the Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg and open about 40 market rate apartments for seniors in it while continuing to house 44 nuns there. The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph (FSSJ) is selling its 40,000 square-foot convent at 5229 South Park Ave., which was built in 2010. Terms of  the sale, which  is expected to close Dec. 2…

Thirteen people were in need of help Saturday after a morning fire in an apartment building at 4091 Richcrest Drive in Hamburg. A spokesman for the American Red Cross of Western New York said volunteers provided emergency assistance to 11 adults and two children who were displaced by the fire. Jay Bonafede, regional communications officer for the Red Cross, said the vol…

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Woodlawn Beach State Park is the most monitored beach in the state parks system -- and some of that monitoring has even included testing the DNA of E. coli found upstream, Woodlawn residents learned Thursday. But what they really wanted to know is when the state will change the paths of Rush and Blasdell creeks that now come together, which they contend worsens pollutio…

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It's hurry up and wait for three quiet zones at railroad crossings in Hamburg. The delineators that will keep vehicles from driving around railroad gates are installed at Pleasant Avenue and Lakeview Road, while some paving is needed at Bayview before the delineators are installed, according to town engineering consultant Michael Quinn. The town must coordinate its w…

State Sen. Chris Jacobs' staff will be available in satellite locations across the 60th District next month to talk with constituents. Representatives from Jacobs’ staff will be available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on the following days and locations: • Oct. 4: Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 S Park Ave. • Oct. 11: Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road. • Oct. 11: T…

The League of Women Voters' annual candidates forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Union-Pleasant Elementary School auditorium, Union and Center streets in Hamburg. Candidates for Erie County sheriff, comptroller, clerk and Legislature have been invited. Also invited are the candidates for Hamburg town supervisor, highway superintendent, four candidates seeking …