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The search for a new president of Erie Community College is winding down. Four finalists for the job will be on campus beginning next week to give public presentations and meet with members of the ECC Board of Trustees. The board has scheduled a special meeting for June 7 to vote on a new president. "These four are immensely qualified," said Dennis A. Murphy, chai…

The State Senate passed a bill Monday that would create a $55 million fund to be tapped by Lake Ontario property owners whose land or structures have been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said the grant program would offer state grants of up to $15,500 to homeowners and up to $50,000 to small businesses or farms. Not-fo…

A Niagara Falls teenager was denied youthful offender status and sentenced to two years in state prison Monday for attempting an armed robbery. Karlin N. Ryan Jr.,  17, of Walnut Avenue, also will have to serve three years of post-release supervision on his guilty plea to attempted second-degree robbery, State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered. Niag…

The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, a man shot by Buffalo police, is a homicide, according to a lawyer representing Hernandez-Rossy's family. "The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide by gunshot wound, and that is consistent with the independent investigation conducted by my office," Nelson Torre tol…

Erie County has created a free, self-guided Junior Ranger program program to encourage children and families to visit more of the county's 18 recreational parks. Participants can pick up the 30-page, full-color passport books at designated county parks and hunt for codes at each one. The passports can also be downloaded online. To become a Junior Park Ranger, participa…

Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student "made a possible threat to the school," Williamsville School District officials said. School officials learned last week about something "supposedly to occur sometime this week," Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Mond…

Here's a little secret from the new gardens planted in front of the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Many of the plantings, shrubs and trees are rooted in medicine. The historic August Feine home at 766 Ellicott St. just finished its 2017 Decorator Show House tour and is the newest addition to the Kevin Guest …

Construction of University at Buffalo's new $375 million medical school on the western edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is expected to wrap up by Labor Day, marking the end of nearly four years of construction on the eight-story building. The downtown medical school will have 178 percent more educational space than the school currently uses on the universit…

The SPCA Serving Erie County is waiving animal adoption fees for current and past members of the military. The waiver, in honor of the men and women of the armed services for Memorial Day, will take place through May 31. The SPCA will waive the adoption fees for those on active duty, reserves, honorable discharge and service-disabled veterans, or those retired from m…

Speed contributed to a one-car crash Monday in the Town of Oakfield that sent two teens to the hospital, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. The car went off the road and hit a tree near Maltby and North Pearl roads at about 5:51 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said. The driver, identified as Isaac L. Mejia, 17, of Batavia, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in R…

The Family Justice Center of Erie County, which provides free domestic violence support to women and their children, is hoping to open a third FJC satellite location that would serve the Grand Island and neighbors to the north. FJC Executive Director Mary Travers Murphy and a Grand Island team will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Launch Club,…

The Buffalo Police Department's Underwater Recovery Team early Tuesday pulled a body from the Niagara River near Unity Island. The body was described by police as a 48-year-old Buffalo man whose identity was not released. Foul play is not suspected as a cause of death, according to police. The initial report of a male body floating near Unity Island came into th…

Vibrant, multi-colored stained glass windows grace Libby's Chapel just off the lobby of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. The main panel of windows is a strong presence in the chapel, showing children playing sports, a mother holding her infant, an expectant mother and a doctor with a stethoscope examining a young child. There even is a black-and-white soccer …

Dunn Tire has filed plans with the Town of Amherst for its proposed 10,500-square-foot store on Sheridan Drive. The new store at 3424 Sheridan Drive is 50 percent larger than the company's existing store at 3045 Sheridan Drive in the Northtown Plaza. The new building, which currently houses Color-Tech Photo Lab, is just east of Sweet Home Road. The Town Board already ha…