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Mark Tufillaro was given final approval Wednesday night for his subdivision on Milestrip Road in Orchard Park – nearly 15 years after he proposed it.The developer brought plans for Knoche Farms, a 97-lot subdivision on the north side of Milestrip west of Transit Road, to the Planning Board meeting July 8, 1998. The half-acre lots will be developed in three phases, said Lea…

The Marilla Town Board will hold four public hearings today, but it is expected to act on only two of them.Action is expected on the amended zoning law that will allow property owners who have been granted a zoning change extended time to build as long as they prove they are working on the property in good faith.Supervisor George Gertz said the amended law is a good one. I…

Lackawanna City Council members unwittingly gave pay raises to city division and department heads when they approved a new contract for police officers last month.And they are not happy about it.Council members said they were not aware that a city ordinance adopted in 2009 links pay raises for patrol officers to corresponding wage increases for non-bargaining employees – w…

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A retired state police senior investigator who died with his wife Tuesday in a car crash had previously complained how dangerous it was turning onto Genesee Street from their Cheektowaga development, the elderly couple’s son said Wednesday.Eugene J. Fechter, 83, and his wife, Marian, 84, died after the small sport utility vehicle Mr. Fechter was driving collided with a 201…

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The population decline in Erie County has slowed the past couple of years, as fewer people than before are leaving and more immigrants are arriving, the latest estimates from the Census Bureau show.Estimates show the county’s population may have actually gone up slightly – by nearly 600 people – in 2011, before dipping by more than 500 people last year.In essence, that lea…

Sentient Science Corp., a firm that develops sensors and software used to test materials and components in the aerospace, defense and energy industries, will invest $10.5 million and hire 86 employees in this region by 2016, company officials said Wednesday.Sentient has moved its headquarters from Idaho to space in the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs Executive Development C…

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The State Legislature on Wednesday afternoon passed a controversial bill to dissolve the Peace Bridge Authority, an issue that has become a thorny topic for New York-Canada relations.The measure sets the wheels in motion to end the corporate status of the binational, 10-member panel created by state and federal laws to run the span between Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo.The …

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Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has hired marketing and public relations firm Eric Mower + Associates to help create a stronger brand awareness for the Canalside redevelopment, while also reaching out to businesses and Buffalo's minority community to participate in the area's revival.At its monthly board meeting, the public authority Wednesday approved a new contract w…

A 28-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when his motorcycle crashed on Route 400 in Elma, state police in Boston said.Thomas R. Vogt, of South Wales, was traveling north on the 400 when he took the northbound Transit Road off ramp, lost control of the motorcycle and struck the guardrail, police said.A motorist passing the scene at about 7:30 a.m. spotted the 2007 Ho…

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An elderly husband and wife were killed Tuesday night when their small sport utility vehicle collided with a car while turning onto Genesee Street in the vicinity of Transit Road in Cheektowaga, authorities said.The victims were identified as Eugene Fechter, 83, and Marian Fechter, 84, Cheektowaga, police said today.Their vehicle was leaving Calla Point Mobile Homes Park, …

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The cooling of heads in Clarence’s heated school budget battle began during a chance meeting at a coffee shop.Drew Cerza, the National Buffalo Wing Festival founder known to many as the “Wing King” and an ardent supporter of the school budget, heard a few men chatting about taxes and decided to join them.He soon realized that he was sitting face to face with the anti-tax p…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board on Tuesday tried to satisfy critics of a consolidation study by directing the superintendent to investigate the prices that two district-owned properties could fetch if they were put up for sale.The call to analyze the value and use of the administration building at 1500 Colvin Blvd. and the former Philip Sheridan Elementary Schoo…

Employees at Erie County Medical Center will honor the memory of Jackie Wisniewski with a moment of silence at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, marking one year since she was shot to death by her estranged boyfriend inside a stairwell at the hospital.Wisniewski, who was 33, worked as a secretary at ECMC. She was killed there by Dr. Timothy V. Jorden Jr., a trauma surgeon who had stalke…

Delaware Avenue downtown is under construction, and lane and parking restrictions are in effect.A newly paved Delaware Avenue, from West Mohawk Street to North Street, will be completed during the week of June 17, if inclement weather does not interfere.The project cost is $350,000. Niagara Square and adjacent blocks were repaved this spring, meaning when this latest proj…

Erie County and Veterans Affairs Heathcare Systems on Tuesday launched a five-week program aimed at introducing the sport of golf to disabled military veterans.The PGA H.O.P.E. program, which stands for “Helping Our Patriots Everywhere,” is aimed at assisting disabled veterans in their rehabilitation and enhancing their mental, social and emotional well-being, County Execu…