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Cranes have been nearly extinct on Buffalo’s East Side for decades, and their return is putting a smile on the face of Common Council President Darius Pridgen. We’re not talking about the long-legged, long-necked breed of cranes. We’re talking about those impossible-to-miss contraptions that help build things. “Ten years ago, when you saw cranes in the air in downtow…

Theater

Armed with lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and – in some instances – feasts fit for a Shakespearian king, more than 40,000 people gather on a hill near Hoyt Lake each summer. It’s not called Shakespeare Hill for nothing. Shakespeare in Delaware Park is one of the oldest and largest free Shakespeare festivals in the country. The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer met with founder…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Friday said he believes it’s “possible” a new stadium might have to be built to ensure that the Buffalo Bills remain in Western New York, but he said if such a project is required, his first objective would be find a way to minimize the government’s financial role.“If we had to go to a new stadium, my opening position would be, ‘great. New stadium. Pri…

Local News

When Andrew M. Cuomo ran for governor in 2010, he lost all nine counties in Western New York to Republican challenger Carl Paladino.But Cuomo’s new Buffalo-based running mate confidently predicted Friday in front of a cheering crowd that November’s election outcome will be far different.Kathleen C. Hochul, a former Western New York congresswoman, told an audience gathered …

Bisons and Baseball

When plans were unveiled three decades ago to build a new stadium in the heart of downtown that looked like an old-fashioned ballpark with modern amenities, even some of the project’s most fervent supporters branded it a “wild concept.”But it did get built, and when it debuted in 1988, Pilot Field was the newest stadium in Triple-A baseball, the first in decades to be buil…

Bisons and Baseball

It was 30 years ago this month that Buffalo’s quest to build what some had hoped would be a major league baseball stadium vaulted into the national spotlight. The Washington Post published an article that questioned the wisdom of cities like Buffalo seeking state and federal funds for stadiums where no major league tenants had been secured.The article irked then-Buffalo Ma…

Erie County

When Don Williams passes the sprawling site on the shores of Lake Erie, he still feels a twinge of loss. The loss of thousands of jobs when Bethlehem Steel’s furnaces went cold in Lackawanna. The loss of the region’s industrial might. And the loss of all those sights, sounds and smells – for better or worse – that came with being a steel town.When Williams joined Bethlehem…

Local News

James R. Kaskie, who played key roles in the consolidation of Kaleida Health and construction of the Gates Vascular Institute, has been forced out as head of the hospital system, and officials are not ruling out sweeping changes in the system’s management structure or future layoffs. In recent weeks, Kaleida Health has announced job restructurings because of declining pat…

As many local residents were enjoying Labor Day parades and barbecues, the three men vying to become Buffalo’s next mayor were spending the holiday trying to drum up support among voters.Mayor Byron W. Brown won endorsements from Rep. Brian Higgins and State Sen. Tim Kennedy, both Buffalo Democrats. Republican challenger Sergio Rodriguez called the endorsements “business a…

Those inclined to dismiss next Tuesday’s primary as a humdrum affair, except for the Democratic contests for Buffalo mayor and Erie County sheriff, might be having second thoughts in recent days as two more candidates for Erie County Legislature charged that they are targets of unfair mailings.In another sign of heightened tensions that some attribute to a power struggle b…

Every few years, when political reporters are good boys and girls, Santa brings them a special present – the coveted Magic 8 Ball.Today’s techno-nerds more aptly turn to iPhones or other newfangled devices for New Year’s prophesies, but grizzled scribes and baby boomers in general still put their faith in the Ebony Orb as an infallible source of truth.So with Santa’s shiny…

Some experts are convinced cultivating a fertile environment for small businesses, including minority- and women-owned enterprises, could be an economic engine for the region.Jennifer J. Parker is founder and president of the Black Capital Network and heads Jackson Parker Communications. She has been involved in efforts to empower businesses. She sat down with The Buffalo …

Competing projects advanced by teams headed by two local business titans raise a key question about how a valuable piece of land near Canalside should be developed.Should the 1.7-acre Webster Block just north of First Niagara Center be transformed into a complex that might lure a half million visitors to large-scale events, as Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and his deve…

MUMFORD – As the world's first replica of a manned Civil War balloon swayed gently in a breeze Tuesday, a man who trekked about 1,100 miles from Nebraska to witness the occasion watched with pride.Terry D. Lowe is a descendant of a Civil War balloonist who helped shape modern-day military aviation and war reconnaissance communications. He is the great-great-grand-nephew of…

Addressing inequalities in access to health care will require expanded community outreach and improvements in transportation, housing and employment, participants in a two-day conference said Friday.Efforts also must be made to promote healthy lifestyles, wellness programs and preventive services, said experts who attended the session at Friends of the Elderly Yo…