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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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A car wash planned near the Erie Community College North Campus gained the Amherst Planning Board's support Thursday, but only after board members raised traffic concerns. Noco Energy Corp. is working to open a Classy Chassy at the northeast corner of Main Street and Youngs Road. Noco bought a former Getty gas station at 6174 Main St., along with parcels at 15 Youngs Ro…

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's job keeps her busy criss-crossing the state. That's even more true during an election year when she faces a tough primary fight. "My beloved husband would say 'The only difference between you and God is God is everywhere and you're never at home,' " Hochul told The Buffalo News editorial board on Thursday. She added she is honored to serve the re…

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that she and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo believe this country is great and that the governor appropriately clarified his remark from a day earlier that America "was never that great." Cuomo was finishing up a 20-minute speech Wednesday at a re-election event — touted as a bill-signing ceremony for new penalties for sex trafficking in New Yor…

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Russell Salvatore Jr.’s request for a property tax break for his $2.5 million development of stores and luxury apartments in Clarence was rejected Thursday. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors voted 5-0 to deny Salvatore’s bid for incentives for his project at 6449 Transit Road, known as the Abbey. Salvatore constructed a two-story, 20,000-s…

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Two health care organizations are planning major expansions in Clarence. The Brothers of Mercy want permission to construct an assisted living facility and a memory care building, with 96 total beds at a cost of $17.5 million, at its Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Bergtold Road. And Unyts, which encourages and manages the donation of organs and blood, is planni…

Erie County

The City of North Tonawanda and the Town of Tonawanda recently appointed new officials to run their Youth, Parks and Recreation departments. The North Tonawanda Common Council last week promoted Alex Domaradzki to director of the department, replacing the retired Patty Brosius. Domaradzki joined the department as a part-time playground attendant in 2002. He most recentl…

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Stefan Mychajliw knows his last name – like Scajaquada – isn't easy to say or spell. But Mychajliw, the Erie County comptroller and recent congressional candidate, takes the "I'd like to buy a vowel" quips in stride. And he can make a self-deprecating joke when the occasion arises. On Friday, Mychajliw tweeted about his visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles offic…

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Williamsville is seeking nearly $300,000 in state aid for the construction of sidewalks in the village. The project focuses on the portions of eight streets that lack sidewalks, primarily because the homes' construction predates any sidewalk requirement, said Keaton DePriest, the village's director of community development. The eight streets are in the neighborhoods …

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider next month's closure of an outpatient clinic in Amherst's Northtown Plaza, but the agency said it is moving forward with its plans. The New York Democrat on Tuesday wrote to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie touting the services and camaraderie provided by the Adult Day Health Care clinic, loc…

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Delaware North's new chief information officer has bought a $1.24 million mansion in Clarence from one of the owners of Calvin's Furniture. Jeffrey Wilkinson and his wife, Jill, bought the home on Belle Way from Nancy Bieger, whose father founded the family-owned furniture store in 1952. The sale closed Monday, according to public records. The 5,576-square-foot home …

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The Town of Tonawanda is considering using eminent domain to take over the former Huntley Power Plant to ensure the plant continues to provide the 19 million gallons of untreated water used every day by nearby manufacturers. Even if the town is successful, acquiring the generating station from NRG Energy through eminent domain is only a short-term solution, according to…

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A long-awaited playground at ECO Park in Eggertsville opened to the public last week. The project — in the community park on Crosby Circle, off Eggert Road — had been in the works for several years, said Assemblyman Raymond W. Walter, R-Amherst, whose office secured $100,000 for the work. The Town of Amherst also contributed funding. The playground features KOMPAN eq…

Crime

A Broadway-Fillmore man told police he was robbed with his own sword Saturday afternoon after he let a woman he did not know into his house to use his bathroom. The resident left the weapon in plain sight, police said. The incident happened about 1 p.m. at a home on Gibson Street, off Broadway, after a woman was welcomed inside to use the bathroom. On her way out, th…

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A manager of a 7-Eleven on Dingens Street accused one of his employees of stealing $2,000 worth of prepaid cards, according to a Buffalo police report. The manager reported the thefts at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He said the employee, during a recent shift, rang up three transactions of $500 each onto a prepaid card. He told police she later sold or gave the card to someone, bu…

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Republican prospects who might replace Chris Collins in the contest for New York's 27th Congressional District for the most part kept quiet Sunday as GOP chairs from the eight counties that make up district prepare to meet early this week to discuss how to get Collins' name off the ballot and pick a replacement. Assemblyman Raymond W. Walter, R-Amherst, is among the man…