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Rocco Termini is very worried. For the past 10 years, the Buffalo developer has made a name for himself by successfully transforming vacant commercial and industrial buildings into lively residential, hotel and office projects. From his Hotel @ The Lafayette and Warehouse Lofts downtown to his cluster of apartment buildings and business incubators in North Buffalo, T…

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Developer Rocco Termini and state officials are preparing to move forward with an "expedited cleanup of contamination" at one of his Chandler Street properties, prior to starting work on his plan to convert the building into another business incubator. The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment through April 7 on an "interim remedial measure"…

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New York State has become the first in the nation to offer a Mental Health Public Awareness license plate. The plate - which features a green ribbon and includes the words, “Healthy Minds, Healthy New York” – can be ordered online on the “Custom Plates” tab at dmv.ny.gov. State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, chair of the Senate Mental Hygiene Committee, sponsor…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget did not mention any additional Buffalo Billion programs. He proposed $750 million for an eighth round of Regional Economic Development Councils, which set regional economic development priorities and compete against each other for funding allocations. Cuomo also proposed continuing projects through the Upstate Revitalization Ini…

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Western New York was awarded $68.8 million in the latest round of state funding for economic development projects. Its total ranked sixth highest among the 10 regions that were awarded funding at a presentation in Albany on Wednesday. Central New York received the largest allocation of funding, at $86.4 million. The $68.8 million will go toward 112 Western New York p…

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The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors in August, 2018. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have b…

Four local police departments, in the town and village of Hamburg, the city of Tonawanda and the town of Evans, will receive state grants totaling more than $60,000 to enhance their law enforcement efforts. The town of Hamburg will use its funding to purchase a new patrol vehicle, said Chief Gregory Wickett. The City of Tonawanda intends to use its funding for new radio…