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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the State Capitol’s hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana. Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana sales represent the best way to address the state’s massive infrastructure and mass transit needs. “I…

An East Side church wants to create another child care option for families in the neighborhood. The Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking city approval to convert the pastor's office, parlor and two Sunday school classrooms inside the existing church into a day care center for infants through toddlers, with three rooms for children and an office. The proje…

Niagara's Choice Federal Credit Union named Dan Keleher as its new CEO, following the retirement of Al Frosolone, according to the New York Credit Union Association. Keleher previously was executive vice president of Niagara's Choice. Prior to that, he worked for nearly a decade at SEFCU. Frosolone had served for nearly three decades in leadership roles at Niagara Fa…

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The unrepaired water main break at Niagara Falls Boulevard and 47th Street still affects the restrooms in the Angelo A. DelSignore Civic Building in Niagara Falls. So the state Office of Court Administration will move Niagara County Family Court proceedings to Niagara Falls City Court, 1925 Main St., beginning Tuesday. Toilets are working only in the basement of the thr…

Business

Weber's Mustard's bottom line has taken a hit with the loss of BJ's Wholesale Club, its fourth-largest account. The loss of the BJ's account is just the latest illustration of how the retail market has gotten tougher for local food manufacturers. Large national chains such as Whole Foods, Aldi and Price Rite have displaced smaller, local grocers; and big boxes such as W…

State

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presents his eighth state budget plan as governor Tuesday, a fiscal road map that must be able to address a worsening deficit, declining federal funding for state initiatives, rising unemployment in most areas of the state and an ever-hungry appetite for state dollars from education and health care sectors. The governor, who is expected to …

History

This post is the first in an occasional series examining the history of the names of Buffalo’s streets. South Park Avenue is one of Western New York’s major thoroughfares, beginning at the foot of Main Street behind KeyBank Center in downtown Buffalo and ending when it enters the Village of Hamburg and becomes Buffalo Street. For most of its length, South Park carries U…

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Two adjoining houses on Sixth Street in Niagara Falls were demolished last week as part of the city's ongoing battle against zombie houses. Under the state's anti-zombie law, the estimated $75,000 cost will be applied to the stalled foreclosures on the properties, whose mortgages are held by Ocwen Financial, according to Seth Piccirillo, Niagara Falls community developm…

Art

The "big black head" in Martin Luther King Jr. Park is a mistake and has to be replaced with a statue that looks more like the slain civil rights leader, according to Samuel A. Herbert, a community activist who is leading a petition drive. Herbert and three supporters kicked off a petition drive in front of the the 8-foot-tall bronze bust in MLK Park on Monday, King's b…

Niagara County

The Niagara Falls City Council will debate Wednesday whether to cut its own pay – and that of Mayor Paul A. Dyster – by 10 percent. Interviews with Council members indicated that the mayoral pay cut may pass, although perhaps not by a large enough vote to override a veto by Dyster. However, the Council pay cut seemed to be headed for defeat. Dyster did not respond to…

Buffalo

The call for a moratorium on new charter schools in Buffalo didn't go anywhere – but the underlying message still got through in Albany. The issue came up again last week when the State University of New York renewed the charter for the King Center Charter School on Newburgh Avenue, but only based on the school meeting some additional academic conditions to be eligible …

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The State Police have identified the teenager killed in a crash Sunday in Elma as Rachel E. LoFaso, an Iroquois High School student. LoFaso was a passenger in a westbound vehicle that crossed into oncoming traffic in the 1600 block of Bullis Road and was struck by an SUV at about 11:15 a.m., according to police. She taken to South Buffalo Mercy Hospital where she was pr…

Weather

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…

Crime

A teenage girl was charged with third-degree assault after a fight at Lewiston-Porter High School left another teen girl with a concussion, Lewiston police said. Police said the fight occurred Dec. 21 at the Creek Road school. School officials initially handled the incident, but police were called after one of the combatants became sick and dizzy and began vomiting. Her…

Crime

A Buffalo man was charged with driving while intoxicated after police said he drove his car into the garage door at his ex-girlfriend's home in Lewiston. Lewiston police said the door was left inoperable after being struck in the early evening hours of Jan. 7. The driver fled the scene, but was found sitting in his car in a nearby church parking lot, according to police…