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Caitlin Dewey

Caitlin Dewey is a reporter at the Buffalo News. Before returning to Western New York, she spent six years reporting for the finance and style desks at the Washington Post.


Business

Five new buildings, a web of pedestrian walkways and a central “piazza” are slated to supplant Canalside’s long-vacant North Aud block under a proposal unveiled Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The plan, which waterfront officials must still approve, envisions a mix of restaurants, shops, and residential units on the roughly two-acre downtown site where Memorial Auditori…

Local News

If you don't have an E-ZPass, you'll have to pay more for Thruway tolls in the future, the Thruway Authority recently announced. As part of its transition to cashless tolling, the state authority's board of directors approved higher rates for drivers who either don't have E-ZPass or use a tag from another state. Readers had questions about the changes, which take effect…

Jon Rivera, an administrator in the Erie County Department of Public Works, announced Friday that he plans to run for the 149th State Assembly seat that Sean Ryan will vacate next November. Rivera, who was born and raised on Buffalo’s West Side, becomes one of the first Democrats to announce his candidacy. He previously worked as legislative liaison in the office of the…

New York State residents will soon have a new tool to help them decipher health care costs, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday. As part of his 2020 State of the State agenda, Cuomo plans to direct three state agencies to develop a new website, called NYHealthcareCompare, that will let consumers search cost and quality information for medical procedures at hospitals i…

Amherst

As a 23-year-old Army nurse just three years out of school, Mildred Speers danced with the French in the streets of Paris to celebrate the end of World War II. Nearly 75 years later, the French are celebrating Speers, as well: In a Monday ceremony at Blocher Homes, Honorary Consul Pascal Soarès awarded the 98-year-old veteran with France’s prestigious Chevalier Legion o…

Erie County

The 2020 national census doesn’t officially kick off until March. But with the specter of past undercounts hanging over them, a coalition of local governments and nonprofit organizations are mobilizing early to “get out the count.” Some are distributing census pledge cards. Others have planned outreach videos and poster campaigns. At the Buffalo and Erie County Public L…

Erie County

Rebecca Decker has learned a few things in her five years hosting what may be Western New York’s largest charity cookie exchange. For one thing: You don’t mess with cutouts when you’re baking for the masses. “It’s drop cookies or bust,” she said. Since the first edition of Cookies for a Cause in 2015, 28-year-old Decker and her battalion of devoted home bakers hav…

Local News

Iris Cintron bought her vinyl-sided double on Buffalo’s East Side for $42,500 two decades ago. Since then, the 57-year-old administrative assistant has poured thousands of dollars into upgrades to juice the value of the 92-year-old home. There were new doors for the detached three-car garage. A fresh roof, when its shingles began to curl. Cintron replaced siding, laid t…

Local News

Some day in the not-so-distant future, transit experts predict, Buffalo commuters will whiz to work in driverless cars that steer and park themselves. Driverless Ubers already cruise Pittsburgh. A self-driving shuttle named Myla circles Columbus. And in Buffalo, city officials have announced, urban planners from across the country will gather this February to plot how t…

Uncategorized

Ruby D. Moore had a free turkey, but no one to cook it for. The 63-year-old West Sider was paroled in 2018 after 25 years in prison, with no partner or children waiting for her. So when Thanksgiving rolled around this year, Moore abandoned the church turkey in her fridge and ate at the Salvation Army, instead. On her right sat Michael Jackson, 62, who sleeps under the M…

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The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, will kick off its 15th season at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. The event, billed as Western New York's largest holiday festival, will feature more than one million holiday lights and a packed slate of activities this year, including live music, crafts, kiddie rides, a historic snowfall exhi…

Business

A controversial plan to accelerate private development at the site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital complex was blocked Friday by a State Supreme Court judge, raising new questions about the future of the 6.7-acre parcel immediately adjacent to the Elmwood Village. The plan, first proposed in February 2019, would have used an obscure state law to cre…

History

A rusting, 80-foot schooner weathered more than 100 years at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls – only to dislodge, unexpectedly, during Friday’s windstorms. Canadian officials say the wreck of the “iron scow” or “Niagara scow,” an iconic sight for falls-goers since 1918, flipped on its side and moved “noticeably” this week. That has raised lots of questions on social med…

Deaths

Dec. 17, 1963 – Nov. 1, 2019 Irving A. Isenberg was one of four Getzville firefighters who deployed to ground zero after 9/11, stationed one block from the smoldering site of the former World Trade Center. The team rescued at least three people from the rubble around Albany and West streets, using a map ripped from a phone book to guide them to nearby hospitals. But …

Health and Fitness

Residents living along the border of Buffalo's East Side and Cheektowaga develop five types of cancer at unusually high rates, a result of widespread tobacco use and obesity in the area, according to a report released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Health. Esophageal cancer rates on the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border exceed the rates in comparable communities b…