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WASHINGTON — Perhaps President Trump thought he was giving Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand a lump of coal for Christmas when he took to Twitter to say she would "do anything" for campaign contributions. But in reality, he gave the New York Democrat and possible future presidential candidate a gift that will keep on giving: a boost in public exposure that's likely to elevate …

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Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski, who has been holding public workshops to answer questions regarding state-mandated recertification of pistol permits, will host another one at 10 a.m. Saturday in the John A. Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. Pistol permits formerly were effective for life, but the NY-SAFE Act gun control law require…

Buffalo

A North Buffalo man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on Parkside Avenue Wednesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. Joseph P. McLaughlin, 61, of Admiral Road, made a U-turn in front of officers near 281 Parkside and struck a curb, according to the report. McLaughlin failed field sobriety tests and registered a bloo…

Art

The two prime events sold out for this weekend could not be more different: Every Time I Die's holiday show at Buffalo RiverWorks, which The News just highlighted as a surging multi-purpose venue, and the commissioning of the U.S.S. Little Rock LCS 9 on Saturday at Canalside. Fortunately, there's still plenty on Buffalo's event agenda. 1) Kerfuffle Before Christmas: …

Crime

A Niagara Falls pharmacist, accused by several customers of both sexes of asking them to partially disrobe before filling opioid prescriptions, made a deal with Niagara County prosecutors last week. Robert Kendzia, 81, of MacLeod's Pharmacy on Buffalo Avenue, was given a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal on a misdemeanor coercion charge Dec. 6, in exch…

Business

A pair of young attorneys - one of whom is the daughter of personal-injury titan Ross M. Cellino Jr. - has purchased the lakefront home of prominent Western New York businessman Angelo M. Fatta for $1.05 million. Rafael F. Pignataro and his wife, Jeanna M. Cellino-Pignataro, bought a 5,702-square-foot ranch house on Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg last week, just a few h…

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Theresa Adamec, assistant principal at Lancaster High School, was recently selected as secondary assistant principal of the year by two state education associations. The School Administrators of New York State and the National Association of Secondary School Principals recognized Adamec for her role in facilitating the school's 60 clubs and activities. Adamec was an …

Amherst

A planned feature of the new playground in Amherst's Billy Wilson Park will be a nod to the park's original name, and put to rest an old controversy. The Town Board on Monday agreed to name the "sensory center" after Margaret Bernath and Louise Kindel. The center is described as an area geared toward kids on the autism spectrum and may include a water feature, musical i…

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The owner of the Northtown Plaza in Amherst has filed revised plans with the town as it begins the approval process for its redevelopment of the outdoor shopping center. WS Development proposes constructing six buildings for retailers including L.L. Bean and West Elm. It is seeking nine area variances from the town Zoning Board of Appeals, down from the 10 requested ori…

Crime

A 24-year-old Lewiston man faces a driving while intoxicated charge following a one-vehicle crash early Thursday morning, according to Lewiston police. The crash happened just after 1 a.m. on the 2300 block of Upper Mountain Road, police said. Troy J. Poitras failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content of .10 percent, according to police, who s…

Buffalo

Developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots are poised to start work on converting the former New York Central Freight House into a mixed-use residential and retail building, now that they've purchased the property from E.B. Atlas Steel Corp. Frizlen and Yots, through Buffalo Freight House LLC, paid $750,000 last Friday to acquire the 37,000-square-foot, single-story brick b…

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A rally in support of First Ward Councilman-elect Mohamed Albanna is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday in front of Lackawanna City Hall. Albanna was elected Nov. 7 to fill the council seat, but Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski is attempting to block him from taking office because Albanna was convicted of a felony 11 years ago. "The purpose of the rally is to exercise our…

Former County Executive Joel A. Giambra resigned Wednesday from the Park Strategies lobbying firm in another step toward officially declaring his candidacy for governor. Giambra, a 10-year veteran of the firm founded and run by former Sen. Alfonse M. D’Amato, said Wednesday the move signals his intensifying effort to gain the Republican nomination to oppose Gov. Andrew …

North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas has announced the Hometown Heroes’ Banners program is now open to any veteran and not limited to active duty military members. Sally Urban, mother of  Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy G. Serwinowski, who was killed in action in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, inspired the first banner. The banners will include a photo along wit…

Buffalo

Two men with handguns and wearing ski masks robbed a bar on Amherst Street on Wednesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The robbers entered Casey's Tavern, 484 Amherst St., at about 9:45 p.m. and demanded money from the bartender, according to the report. At least three patrons were inside the bar at the time of the robbery, the report said. After taking…

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Someone stole about $3,500 in sound equipment from a church on Broadway in Buffalo, according to a police report. The theft from Mt. Hope Community Church, 1326 Broadway, happened between 6 p.m. Monday and 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the report. The burglar or burglars removed plywood from a back door and then damaged an interior door and frame to gain access t…