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Dec. 28, 1936 – April 14, 2018 When Carol J. Brandon became the first Democratic Lewiston town clerk in 1998, she rejected suggestions that she replace the Republican deputy clerks with people from her party. “She always made the point that it was not a political job," her son, Bob Pokrzyk, said. "As town clerk, she was a record keeper. Her deputies were both from th…

Amherst

Amherst property owners might be going through another reassessment in less than two years. The town last year put a new value on each of its 44,000 properties, but officials are already eyeing 2020 for the next project – a year earlier than anticipated. The goal is to make sure the new assessments match what properties would sell for in the open market so owners are…

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It's going to snow. Again. "What's new?" said Tony Ansuini, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Buffalo Wednesday morning. The good news: Ansuini said it won't be a lot of snow. It'll be cool and calm during the day Wednesday with a high of 40. Then the temperature dips to the freezing point as a weather system moves into the region overnight Wedn…

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WASHINGTON — There are millions of reasons to question why a former FBI director formerly known for probity might write a tell-all book on President Trump and then go on a headline-grabbing media tour to promote it. James Comey has a multimillion dollar book deal, you see. And the more books he sells, the more money he makes. Pardon the cynicism, but we've heard this…

Amherst

A $15.5 million Hampton by Hilton hotel planned for Amherst's Northtown Center could receive its final approval at Thursday's meeting of the town Planning Board. The Planning Board had tabled its review of the project last month to give Uniland Development Co. time to submit a revised site plan. The company on April 9 submitted an updated plan that showed where the h…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, born on this date in 1857, “History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history.” . . . BIG NIGHT – “Buffalo’s Small Plate Debate II,” an array of appetizers from several restaurants, will be featured at he 10th annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish…

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Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, made at least two visits to Western New York as the wife of the vice president. On Oct. 9, 1984, she attended a ceremony for the opening of Buffalo's Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Metro Rail rapid transit service. After attending a breakfast inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel with officials – including then-Rep…

Crime

A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, followed by three years of post-release supervision, by County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Welton Miles, 38, pleaded guilty in March to four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, the District Attorney's Office said. …

Gusto

"The Bachelorette" is here. Becca Kufrin, who became next season's "The Bachelorette" after she first was proposed to and then ditched for another woman by Arie Luyendyk Jr. in last season's controversial edition of "The Bachelor," is in Western New York shooting an episode involving a hometown date with a Western New York man. A source close to the production confir…

Business

The Bon-Ton Stores are going out of business. The department store chain, which moved into the Buffalo Niagara region following its purchase of AM&A's in 1994, is headed for its final sale after the only two bidders in a bankruptcy court auction were liquidators. Despite the hopes and efforts of Bon-Ton officials to find a bidder that would keep the stores runnin…

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Well-known preservationist Catherine F. Schweitzer has been appointed to the Buffalo Preservation Board to replace longtime member Paul McDonnell. Schweitzer has been the executive director of the Baird Foundation since 1995 and is a national adviser for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She played a decisive role in bringing the National Preservation Confer…

Buffalo

The seventh annual Live at Larkin concert series boasts a mix of local and national acts across a spectrum of genres that includes funk, blues, Afrobeat, pop, R&B and indie-rock. The series kicks off June 6 and continues on consecutive Wednesdays through Sept. 5, with a one-week break July 4. All shows begin at 5 p.m., run through 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to …

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The death of a woman found Monday in a Town of Batavia motel is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were dispatched around noon to the Sunset Motel on West Main Street Road, just outside the Batavia city line, where they found the deceased woman in a room. Suspicious of the circumstances around her death, autho…

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Francesca's has closed its store at Boulevard Mall. The women's clothing and accessories retailer decided not to renew its lease when it expired at the end of March. There are three remaining Francesca's locations in the Buffalo Niagara market; at the Walden Galleria, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls and at the Orchard in Orchard Park. Boulevard Mall has lost more…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo saw his income decline in 2017, largely by the disappearance last year of royalties he had been getting on a 2014 book he authored that saw anemic sales. The governor reported an adjusted gross income of $212,776 last year, down from $418,000 in 2016, according to copies of his tax returns that reporters in Albany were permitted to view on …