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The talk surrounding next week's special election in the heavily Democratic 142nd Assembly District hearkens to 2012, when Democrat Michael P. Kearns ran on Republican and Conservative lines and stunned the experts by defeating endorsed Democrat Christopher J. Fahey. This time, endorsed Democrat Patrick B. Burke, who is also backed by the Working Families and Reform par…

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A Hilbert College freshman who is accused of making threats to fellow students was arrested by Town of Hamburg Police this week. Breandan Mantz, 19, of Newark, N.Y., was arraigned Friday in Hamburg Town Court on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and one charge of menacing, all misdemeanors. Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman set bail at $…

Usually in civil matters that make it all the way to jury trial, the court seats six jurors plus one alternate to hear the case. This week, in State Supreme Court Justice Henry Nowak’s courtroom, there is an extra party in the jury box. A woman on the jury is accompanied in court by her service dog, a medium-size brown pup who, unlike the two-legged jurors, is free to i…

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M&T Bank Corp. has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement to resolve a case involving 240 current and former information technology employees, who claimed the bank owed them overtime pay. The complaint was launched in federal court in 2014 by James Schaefer Jr. of Lockport. He worked for M&T from March 2003 to October 2012 as a network computing analyst and then as…

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The developer that plans to transform Amherst's Northtown Plaza into a regional shopping and entertainment destination has started removing asbestos from the aging, largely vacant retail buildings that remain on the site. Massachusetts-based WS Development wants to start demolition on the old buildings and construction on the new buildings in the next 60 days, with a ho…

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With CannonDesign looking into the possibility of leaving Grand Island, the Grand Island Town Board is starting to make a wish list for the site. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray stressed that Cannon isn’t moving at this point, but he said he did reach out to the company after a recent news report suggested the company is looking at real estate in Buffalo. The bo…

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Tops Markets is looking to close "a few" of its underperforming stores as it tries to restructure its supermarket business in bankruptcy. The supermarket chain has not said how many stores it plans to close or where they are located. "No decisions have been made about potential store closings," said Kathy Romanowski, a Tops spokeswoman. But in documents filed with…

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Depew Police on Friday marked America's unofficial marijuana holiday of 4/20 with a Facebook post that could have confused even people who weren't stoned. The post, published at 8:44 a.m., warned about "large quantities of extremely potent marijuana that has hit the streets." "Allegedly, this marijuana is reported to be laced with toxic chemical that are extremely da…

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An Albany City Court judge on Friday ordered former Niagara County Republican Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek to pay a $1,000 fine for violating a state campaign finance law in 2012. Wojtaszek pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge last year as part of a deal with prosecutors working on the case against former State Sen. George Maziarz. Maziarz, a Niagara County Republ…

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Racing fans must wait two more weeks to hear those engines roar, said Timothy R. Packman president of Lancaster Speedway. "Queen City Clash," originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, was pushed to May 5, said Packman, adding that unseasonable weather was the factor. "We can't get in there with the snow cover," said Packman. "And it's cold." More than $500,000 wor…

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It's official: The going-out-of-business sale starts today at Bon-Ton. The department store chain expects the sales to last for 10 to 12 weeks, but that could vary by store depending on how quickly the remaining merchandise sells. The sales are expected to end by Aug. 31, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents. All sales during the liquidation sales are final, …

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer marked 4/20, the unofficial day to celebrate marijuana use and its culture, by saying he will introduce legislation that would decriminalize the drug on the federal level. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do," Schumer said in an interview Thursday with Vice News. "Freedom. If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybo…

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More than 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in New York state each year. Early detection, which comes with mammography, has whittled down the number of deaths in recent years to about 2,600 annually. The news isn't quite as good in four Western New York counties where breast cancer screening rates are below average, primarily because women who are poor, unde…

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Laurie Brown was watching the news in the living room of her home on Covington Place Thursday evening when she heard an explosion. She opened her door and saw an inferno across the street. “Debris was flying through the air. The smoke was billowing. The flames were shooting up,” Brown said. She ran outside. The sides of the burning house had been ripped off and…

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A 24-year-old Buffalo man has been indicted in the Sept. 27 shootings near Potomac and Parkdale avenues that left a man dead and a woman critically injured, Erie County District John J. Flynn announced Thursday. Tong Rieang was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapo…