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Talk of potential sites for a new Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has led to questions about whether it could be paired with a new football stadium downtown, particularly at a site near Canalside. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz this week said any prospect of a new downtown Bills stadium had no bearing on a consultant's recommendations for the best two sites of a…

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Voters who bother to listen to robocalls recently got a preview of the coming battle for the House seat in New York's 27th Congressional District between indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins and a Democratic outsider that few had heard of before this year. A menacing, mechanical male voice asks voters four questions about the Democratic candidate, Nate McMurray, accus…

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By Benjamin Weiser and Vivian Wang NEW YORK – Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidante to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday in a case that cast a spotlight on the culture of graft and secret dealing that has pervaded the state capital. Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in br…

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The Bewley Building, a five-story commercial structure at Main and Market streets in Lockport, was approved Thursday for listing on the State Register of Historic Places, and the state Board for Historic Preservation also recommended it for the National Register of Historic Places. The former building on the site, the Hodge Opera House, burned down Feb. 28, 1928, and pa…

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Gillian Brown, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's attorney and interim executive director, is being offered the top job at the troubled agency. Brown, 54, was one of three finalists interviewed Wednesday for the BMHA's executive director position. The other applicants were Douglas Owens, retired deputy director of the housing authority in Alexandria, Va., and Joh…

Restoration of the Rumsey Shelter House at Delaware Park, built in 1935, began Thursday. The work is expected to be completed by next spring. Grants of $250,000 from Bank of America and the Erie County Greenway Fund allowed the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to secure the necessary funding to begin the project. The Rumsey Shelter, located off the intersection of D…

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Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is billing himself as "Plan B" for New Yorkers who didn't vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in last month's Democratic primary. Hawkins, who garnered about 5 percent of the vote in finishing third in the 2014 gubernatorial election won by Cuomo, made that his overriding message Thursday as he kicked off his general election …

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Students at Edison Elementary School on Monday learned some new romantic mathematics: 1 (boyfriend) + 1 (girlfriend) = 1 (very happy couple). That's because Cory Martin, a special education teacher at Kenmore East High School, proposed to Amanda Eichinger during a schoolwide assembly at Edison, where she teaches second grade. It wasn't the Emmys proposal. But student…

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Water Haus Waterjet, a 10-year-old business that uses high-pressure water to cut steel for local machine shops, is planning to move from North Tonawanda to Lockport by the end of the year. Owner Andrew Beck said Thursday the company has outgrown its current 12th Avenue building. Town of Lockport Economic Development Coordinator Marc R. Smith said the town Industrial …

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins this week took his opposition to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to a new level, signing onto an effort to change party rules in a way that could hamper her efforts to win back the speakership if Democrats take control of the House in the November election. Higgins and 10 other House Democrats signed a letter to the Democratic caucus…

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Independent Health has named Ann Pentkowski as its new chief financial officer. Pentkowski joined Independent Health in 1997 and has held different roles with the Amherst-based health insurer, most recently as chief network and performance officer. “Ann brings extensive financial, actuarial and underwriting experience, knowledge of Independent Health and the over…

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The Buffalo Niagara job market isn’t showing any signs of cooling off as summer ends. The region added 9,200 jobs over the past year – a 1.6 percent annualized growth rate – as hiring picked up at local finance and insurance firms, construction companies and in education and health services, according to new data from the state Labor Department. The data shows that h…

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Jericho Road Community Health Center celebrated the opening of its third medical facility in Buffalo Thursday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The medical center is in a five-story building at 1021 Broadway near the Broadway Market. It has been open since July 9 and has seen more than 620 patients, Jericho Road officials said. Dr. Jewell Henley is the medical …

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Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt said Wednesday that even though a motion to eliminate the county public information officer post was defeated, 10-4, at Tuesday's meeting, there's no assurance the vacant job will be included in the 2019 budget. "We're going to take a long, hard look at it – the duties of the position, the pay," said Bradt, R-Nor…

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Feb. 20, 1922 – Sept. 14, 2018 The death of Jozef Zawitkowski in Buffalo General Medical Center Sept. 14 was front-page news in his native Poland. The last surviving soldier from his unit in the underground Polish Home Army in World War II, he had been interviewed and honored extensively in recent years. Historians sought him out and used his wartime recollections…