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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson reports on development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence, along with development, government and school districts throughout the Northtowns. A native of the Town of Tonawanda, he worked at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse before starting at The Buffalo News in 2001.


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The parents of a William Kaegebein Elementary student who was hurt when she ran into a post at the school playground have sued the Grand Island Central School District and the town. The daughter of Jeffrey Chalfant and Daniella Salvatore-Chalfant was in second grade at William Kaegebein Elementary, 1690 Love Road, when she and her classmates were playing outside at 2:30…

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The Town of Tonawanda is preparing to fill the vacancy on its Town Board following Lisa Chimera's election to the Erie County Legislature. The Ken-Ton schoolteacher had served on the board since 2005. She was the comfortable winner in June's Democratic primary to replace Legislator Peter Savage, now a Buffalo City Court judge. Chimera was appointed to the Legislature's …

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Western New Yorkers who drive on the 407, the cashless toll road that runs through Ontario near Toronto, get a bill later if they don't pay what they owe electronically. So what happens when Canadians drive through the cashless tolls at the Grand Island bridges without paying? Nothing. That's why some people on this side of the border – including those who fought …

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A Georgia company paid $7 million for a 13-acre property near the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus where it plans to build 200 units of student housing. Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga., one of the nation's largest student housing developers, on Thursday completed its purchase of 1185 Sweet Home Road, between Rensch and Maple roads, from Excellus Health Plans In…

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A Grand Island man suspected in a string of burglaries and break-ins here four years ago was indicted Thursday by a grand jury for two 2018 bank robberies. Timothy L. Mulvey, 32, is charged with robbing the Northwest Savings Bank on Grand Island on June 27, 2018, and an M&T Bank in Niagara Falls on July 11, 2018, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo said. In both c…

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A Buffalo man accused of fraudulently using someone else's identity for about 35 years has admitted to illegally collecting nearly $300,000 in disability payments over that time. Marvin Tucker, 74, pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny and misdemeanor offering a false instrument for filing, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said in a statement. Tucker's sc…

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A Florida man who allegedly got into a fight at Canal Fest turned out to be wanted on a gun charge in Georgia, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Police broke up a fistfight between Shawn L. Tukey, 35, of Davie, Fla., and Ronnie O. Hall Jr., 25, of Cambridge, Ohio, on Wednesday night in the festival area, said Capt. Fredric Foels. Officers were processing the pai…

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A man was shot multiple times Thursday afternoon on 18th Street outside La Nova Pizzeria on Buffalo's West Side. Police said the victim, identified as a 24-year-old Buffalo man, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. He was listed in fair condition Friday morning. The shooting took place just before 4 p.m. on 1…

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A man convicted in the 1980 murder of a Rockland County teenager will live in Buffalo following his release on parole, a move that angered two local lawmakers. Richard LaBarbera and another man were sentenced to 25 years to life for attacking 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky, who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted, beaten and fatally stabbed while walking home from a job…

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The cavalry is coming to fix up the former Philip Sheridan School. The elementary school on Elmwood Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda closed in 1982, but in the years since has hosted everything from continuing education classes to a day care and gymnastics program. Markers of the past abound. A prop arm used in plays sits on a table in the former cafeteria. The origin…

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A memorial service for former Sweet Home lacrosse and football coach John Faller will be held at 8 p.m. July 26. The gathering will take place on the turf complex's football and lacrosse field at the high school, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Friends and colleagues will talk about Faller, who died Saturday at 70, and the ceremony will conclude with a moment of silen…

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Delaware North, the Buffalo-based concessions and hospitality giant, has settled its bitter legal fight with the federal government over trademarked names at Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service on Monday announced the agreement that will restore the historic names to the Ahwahnee hotel and other prominent venues at the California park. Park Service spok…

Real Estate (Buffalo News)

The man behind the redevelopment of Seneca One tower has another major project on his hands: the overhaul of the Boulevard Mall. And he's going it alone. Developer Douglas Jemal told The Buffalo News he has completed his $30 million purchase of the 64-acre property in Amherst. He said developer Nick Sinatra, who placed the winning bid for the mall at an April auction…

Amherst

An unusually bitter, long-running debate about a $30 million housing development continues to rile a small village best known for its Main Street commercial corridor. At its core, the conflict is about what level of development – if any – is appropriate for one of the last major sites available for new residences in Williamsville. As these fights often do, it pits ne…

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The more than 60 libraries at State University of New York campuses have united under one software system. Libraries at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and other SUNY schools will share catalogs, information and resources, with officials saying the consolidation will lower costs and help the institutions operate more efficiently. The schools previously ope…