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Charter Communication was hit with a $2 million fine Thursday after state regulators ruled that it failed to expand its Spectrum cable network as promised after an acquisition two years ago. The state Public Service Commission imposed the penalty on Thursday after rejecting Charter's claims that it had met its obligations to expand its cable network following its 2016 a…

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The state Liquor Authority has launched an investigation into the latest outbreaks of violence at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst as a member of the state Assembly wants to bar the sale of alcohol there. Assemblyman Raymond Walter has joined Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa in asking the authority to revoke the venue's license to sell beer and wine. "A liquor licen…

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West Seneca's temporary library will close at 6 p.m. Friday while staff members put the final touches on the new library inside the West Seneca Community Center and Library building in a week. The library plans to open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. June 25. Any books due the week the library is closed will have the due dates automatically extended so patrons wil…

Amherst

National Fuel Gas Co. is raising its quarterly dividend by a penny per share – the 48th straight year the Amherst-based energy company has increased its payout to shareholders. The increase will raise the quarterly dividend to 42.5 cents per share, payable July 13 to shareholders of record on June 29.

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Glendale Development, an apartment development and management firm owned by Matthew Cherry, is wrapping up work on the conversion of a former warehouse on Barker Street into the new Nickel City Lofts, now slated to open this summer. The Tonawanda-based company, which acquired what was a two-story vacant building from Daniel A. Schwartz in March 2016, converted the 34,20…

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First the much-anticipated "Risky Builders" was bumped from its February air date in favor of the Winter Olympics, now viewers hoping to tape its June 24 debut are finding the show doesn't exist in their TVs' channel guides. The first episode of the show, which stars Williamsville-based house flippers, features a home on Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence. It's scheduled …

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ALBANY – A measure to legalize sports wagering in New York is on life support in the Legislature, the state Legislature's top Democrat said Thursday as there appears not to be enough support Assembly Democrats who control the chamber to pass the legislation. Supported by top Senate Republicans, the issue has run into a wall among some Assembly Democrats, who met as a gr…

The Town of Royalton announced Thursday morning that Ertman Road, a short rural road between Akron and Block Church roads, has been closed because of erosion along the bank of Tonawanda Creek. The erosion was found between 8545 and 8552 Ertman. The only traffic allowed on the road will be vehicles owned by residents of the road, the town Highway Department said. …

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The $35.4 million loan on the McKinley Mall is officially delinquent. The mall's owner is 30 days late with its loan payment according to analytics firm Trepp. The same loan was sent to a special servicer in April after being deemed at risk of imminent monetary default in a special bulletin issued by Fitch Ratings, a national debt research firm. The loan is set to ma…

Erie County

The Erie County Water Authority board voted Thursday to fire its executive director, Earl L. Jann Jr., after determining the terms of his employment contract are invalid. When asked whether Jann was fired because the new board disapproved of his leadership, commissioners said they would not discuss Jann's job performance. "It doesn't matter whether we like someone or…

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A slump in its U.S. markets caused Ecology & Environment's third-quarter profits to fall by 35 percent, the Lancaster-based environmental services firm said. E&E's profits fell to $164,000, or 4 cents per share, from $252,000, or 6 cents per share. Its revenues dipped by 1 percent to $23.7 million from $24.1 million as a 17 percent increase in sales at its So…

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Former Tonawanda City School District Superintendent James P. Newton has been appointed principal at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. Newton has been a principal and assistant principal in Tonawanda and Amherst, and recently served as interim principal at Frontier Central High School. He is an adjunct professor at Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University.…

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Wednesday's rainstorms brought some much needed precipitation to some areas of Western New York. Some communities in southwestern Erie County and along Cattaraugus Creek got more than they needed, such as North Collins and Gowanda's region-high 1.76 inches. Other spots in the Northtowns picked up paltry sums like the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which only …

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One of the best viewing spots from Hoyt Lake's western shore just got nicer. A 20-feet-by-40-feet area was dedicated Wednesday as the Siegel Landing, featuring a rectangular base of pavers and two new benches. A $400,000 endowment to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy from Herb Siegel and his son Aaron Siegel paid for the restoration. Herb Siegel, an attorney and …

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Police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 24-year-old Buffalo man in a fatal shooting that happened on Grimes Street on the city's East Side earlier this week. A 22-year-old man was found dead at about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in a vehicle on Grimes Street, south of Broadway and east of Memorial Drive. The victim died of a gunshot wound, police said, citing the findings of …