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For meteorologists, the winter season starts Dec. 1 and ends at the end of February. That means Monday begans the second half of the winter season. After relatively mild back-to-back winters in Buffalo, this one already seems to be eliciting some groans from the masses. But how cold, and how snowy, has it really been compared with the last, say, 20 or 30 years? Here…

Erie County

The Poloncarz administration should release and detail all of the harassment settlements in Erie County government that have been paid for by taxpayer dollars over the past five years, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon said Thursday. But County Executive Mark Poloncarz said they aren't any details to release. "The County Attorney’s office has conducted an initial re…

Buffalo

The development team behind the planned reuse of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo site in the Elmwood Village has fine-tuned their proposal for a mix of condos, townhomes, apartments and retail space, and wants to unveil it to the public at the end of this month. Sinatra & Co. Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. said Thursday that Kaleida H…

Buffalo

A 24-year-old man told police someone fired two shots at him Wednesday afternoon a block away from Erie County Medical Center, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim said a man got out of a vehicle and chased him near Durham and Litchfield avenues at about 4 p.m., according to the report. The shooter fired two shots at him but missed. The victim was taken t…

Local News

The NFTA finally listened to the residents of Lackawanna's First Ward, who pleaded for years for more public transportation. Starting March 4, riders will be able to get on a bus in the First Ward and take it to Southgate Plaza and the Shops in West Seneca on weekends and evenings. That gives them access to stores like Tops, K-Mart and Bon-Ton for shopping – and employm…

Education

Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato thinks the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board should propose a new $66 million capital project before the end of the year. Brucato said he thinks the district's finances are healthy enough to vote on a new project in December. Voters approved a $59 million project in 2009 and $51.6 million plan in 2014. "We try …

Amherst

Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa opposes a plan to redefine "family" in the town and said there are better ways to tackle the housing problems that spurred the proposed code change. Kulpa said he doesn't want the Town Board to bring the zoning code change up for a vote, effectively killing the proposal by leaving it in limbo. He said he believes other board members sha…

Buffalo

A man who ran down the street on fire was called a "person of interest" in the investigation of a suspicious early morning Buffalo house fire where a 28-year-old woman was found dead and her 7-year-old daughter suffered burns to her feet. The man, identified by police sources as Frank Bredt, 29, was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after the fire at 5…

Buffalo

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has unveiled revised plans for a condominium and townhome project at Waterfront Village, after more than three years of community input and public comment that led to a reduction in height and mass of the buildings. The Amherst-based developer, which is moving its headquarters to downtown Buffalo, is still planning on a total of 31 for-sale r…

Buffalo

Fire Wednesday destroyed a pre-Civil War building that was to become part of a new attraction in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The two-story federal-style brick building at 68 Sycamore St. was to have been restored as an African-American art gallery with artist work spaces. Developer Rocco Termini, who bought the building in July, planned to co…

Preservationists and East Side residents Wednesday called on the owner of a circa 1876 building to make immediate repairs before the building is lost to demolition. Borderland Advantage purchased the building at 238 Carlton St. in 2017 after a fire damaged the back of the building. The owner has failed to stabilize the building, and the city is threatening emergency dem…

Buffalo

One hundred, and counting. That's how many employees Bak USA has hired, less than three years after the mobile computer maker opened its doors in Buffalo as a "social enterprise" designed to both create jobs and benefit society. The company announced Wednesday that it had surpassed its original employment target, which it said demonstrated the potential of new techno…

Local News

The Williamsville Village Board could vote as soon as its Jan. 22 meeting to reduce the speed limit on some streets that run along parks in the village. The Village Board on Monday held public hearings on lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on five streets near South Long, Glen and Garrison parks. They include sections of Park Drive, South Ellicott Street, So…

Local News

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…

Cheektowaga

Two fire districts in Erie County did not always follow their policies and obtain quotes in advance before making purchases, audits by the state comptroller's office have found. Auditors examined the books from January 2016 to July 2017 for Walden Fire District No. 2 in Cheektowaga and the Aurora-Colden Fire District. Aurora-Colden Fire District did not seek competit…

Local News

The 31st annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut will be held at Hoover Middle School from 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to 6 a.m. the next day in the the parking lot along Sheridan Drive. Students, family members and other participants sleep outside in refrigerator boxes to raises awareness of those in need. In the 30 years since the first SleepOut was organized by the late Sa…