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Phil Fairbanks

Phil Fairbanks covers federal courts and criminal justice issues and occasionally veers off into the world of refugees, human traffickers and streets gangs.


The spoiler issue was raised again Monday as supporters of Democratic mayoral candidate Wilbur P. Trammell called on local party leaders to revoke their endorsement of William B. Hoyt.About 10 Trammell supporters held a news conference on the steps of Ellicott Square, where the local Democratic Party has its headquarters, to protest Hoyt's unwillingness to pledge supp…

The city's top building inspector will issue a demolition permit next week for the former Bank of Buffalo, paving the way for a dismantling of the landmark building.Joseph V. Schollard, commissioner of inspections and community revitalization, said the permit will be issued Tuesday, with or without an agreement between the owner and the Buffalo Preservation Board.Fran…

The Griffin administration is prepared to approve an emergency demolition of the historic Bank of Buffalo building but with some assurance that the walls and dome will be dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt.Council Majority Leader James W. Pitts said he met Wednesday with representatives of the administration and Ciminelli Development Corp. of Amherst, and both side…

Mayor Griffin today defended a top aide's purchase of property that now stands to increase in value because of a city development plan.Griffin, who spoke to reporters today after a ceremony in the Theater District, said Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Scinta did nothing wrong in signing a contract to buy a commercial building near Pilot Field while city officials we…

A Depew man held off police for more than an hour Friday night before being arrested and charged in a shooting outside his home.William Tworezek of 62 Dartmouth St. faces charges of reckless endangerment, illegal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief. He was being held at the Depew police station and was to be arraigned today.Police said they arrived at Tworeze…

City Hall has asked the same demolition company that damaged the former Bank of Buffalo to help decide whether the landmark should be shored up or demolished.Representatives of Kimmins Industrial Service Corp. will tour the building next week and offer an opinion on whether rubble can be removed from inside the building, and if the removal is enough to secure the buil…

Buffalo can boast of having one of the largest undeveloped waterfronts in the country, more than 26 miles of shoreline on Lake Erie and the Buffalo and Niagara rivers.But only one park sits on that expansive shoreline.Sandwiched between the Buffalo Yacht Club and the condominiums at Waterfront Village, LaSalle Park is now the only large public space with direct access…

Talbots, a nationally known women's clothing retailer, is looking into opening a new outlet in Buffalo, possibly downtown.Representatives of the upscale chain have toured downtown and shown an interest in the market there. Local officials said no final decision has been made on a new store or its possible location."They're expanding rather rapidly and they're looking …

A new park on the city's Outer Harbor and an end to high-rise development along the shoreline are part of a waterfront platform Democratic mayoral candidate William B. Hoyt outlined Monday.During a press conference on a small strip of lakefront known as Gallagher Beach, Hoyt criticized Mayor Griffin for stressing commercial development of the waterfront, and not placi…

A new park on the city's Outer Harbor and an end to high-rise development along the shoreline are part of a waterfront platform Democratic mayoral candidate William B. Hoyt outlined today.During a press conference on a small strip of lakefront known as Gallagher Beach, Hoyt criticized Mayor Griffin for stressing commercial development of the waterfront, and not placin…

Ninety acres of open fields on the city's outer harbor would be preserved as a state park under a plan unveiled today by two city Common Council members.The proposal recommends the state buy nearly a mile of Lake Erie shoreline, an area extending from Shooters restaurant south to the Port of Buffalo and from the lakefront east to Fuhrmann Boulevard. The land is owned …

An engineer hired by the city has concluded the Bank of Buffalo must be shored up or demolished.The report prompted City Hall to delay until next week Ciminelli Development Corp.'s request for an emergency demolition of the 1895 landmark at Main and Seneca streets while the developer and preservationists try to come up with a timetable for securing the building."I'm a…

The dome and two walls of the historic Bank of Buffalo would be dismantled piece by piece and reassembled as part of a new building under a compromise reached Wednesday between preservationists and the developer.Officials from the Preservation Coalition of Erie County agreed to the dismantling during a private meeting with City Hall officials and representatives of Ci…

The city is preparing to buy five acres of land along the Buffalo River, the latest step in the development of a riverfront park and an environmental-education center.The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency plans to meet Thursday to review and most likely approve plans to acquire a small parcel of vacant land where the river meets Cazenovia Creek. The land is behind the Tops…

Developers of the Pavilion waterfront complex have missed the first deadline for financing the project, but City Hall is giving them more time.John Yurtchuk, one of the developers, said a series of minor disputes with adjoining property owners has slowed the progress of the $100 million development.The hotel, office and shopping complex is proposed for a prime piece o…