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The City of Tonawanda is asking any interested First Ward resident to submit a letter of interest to fill Councilman Charles Gilbert's seat. Gilbert was appointed administrative assistant to the mayor on Tuesday and in view of this, he will resign his seat on the Council, effective Friday. According to a city ordinance, vacancies in any elected office are expecte…

Business

A former BJ's Wholesale Club building in the City of Tonawanda was acquired this month by wholesale distributor of auto parts. Syracuse-based United Auto Supply paid $2.95 million to buy the 105,971-square-foot warehouse building at 800 Young St., according to Erie County Clerk records and Pyramid Brokerage Co., which handled the sale. The 10.5-acre property, located…

Four Erie County Probation Officers acting on a tip Wednesday, discovered a probationer in possession of large amounts of drugs and cash inside his City of Tonawanda residence. Raymond Frustino was taken into custody following the unannounced visit by the probation officers, according to the Erie County Executive's office. During a search of Frustino's residence, probat…

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The twin cities - the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda - are in separate counties, but they are joined by bridges, a Canal Fest and a harbor on the Erie Canal. In January, the two cities will apply jointly for a state Canal Corporation grant to improve harbor tourism. The statewide competitive grants range from $250,000 to $1.5 million. City of Tonawanda Mayor R…

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The Common Council is expected to vote in favor of closing a portion of Young Street for the next six months and putting a temporary ice rink on the street when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. A plan for a permanent closure of the street will be made by May 1. A large turnout of residents in City Hall late last summer overwhelming favored the plan, which wou…

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Community choirs or individuals who would like to join the chorus are invited to participate in City of Tonawanda Community Christmas caroling from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The carolers will be collecting non-perishables for the food pantry. Transpo Bus Service will provide transportation to carolers between locations. If you would like to sing or would lik…

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick…

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After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…

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City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' $22.3 million budget proposal went into effect Tuesday -- after the Common Council failed to adopt an alternative budget. Davis' 2018 budget calls for an increase in property taxes of 4.99 percent, which would raise taxes nearly $90 per year for an average home. The Council held a public hearing on the budget Nov. 8, but had publis…

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Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

Crime

Two City of Tonawanda residents were charged with felony drug possession with intent to sell following an investigation by City of Tonawanda police and the Niagara County Drug Task Force last week at 139 Grove St. Assisted by the Town of Tonawanda K-9 drug dog, officers seized heroin, crack cocaine and Fentanyl, according to police. Cassie L. Poppenberg, 35, and Juan…

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Tonawanda Main Street and the City of Tonawanda will celebrate the city's small town allure with "It's a Wonderful Night," a celebration of the holidays from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The Main Street event will include the annual Clinton Park tree lighting at 7 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Santa and other holiday characters, as well a ride the Clinton Park Holiday Express …

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At the City of Tonawanda's foreclosure auction on Dec. 2, five of the 12 properties for sale will go directly to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., also known as the Land Bank. City of Tonawanda Treasurer Joseph M. Hogenkamp said the Land Bank can be used as a tool to stabilize a neighborhood. "It's not so much that you are looking to make money off (th…

The 13th annual 5K run to benefit childhood cancer research, Lindsay's Legacy, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in Clinton Park in Tonawanda. The run is named for Lindsay MacIver, a Tonawanda High School graduate who lost her 2 1/2 year battle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in 2004 at age 21. The event has raised more than $175,00…

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Mayor Rick Davis won re-election to a second term, by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, defeating Republican Timothy Toth in a campaign that became increasingly heated in its final days. Toth distributed flyers with disparaging claims about Davis and his ex-wife, which caused Davis to go on social media to write that Toth had "grossly distorted the facts"and he called …