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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former New York City Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, born on this date in 1882, “There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.” • • • HELP A VET – Know of a veteran or a veteran’s family in need in Niagara County? Sign them up with S.E.R.V. Niagara, which is planning to bring Christmas ham dinners, Christmas trees and gifts for…

Weather

An approaching cold front today will lower temperatures aloft just cold enough to generate some weak lake-effect snow showers across parts of Western New York. Southwest winds just ahead of the front will help to direct some of the snow showers into metro Buffalo. The National Weather Service said the best chances for snow showers in the metro area will come betw…

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You almost wouldn't know you were driving over a bridge on Brooklea Drive in East Aurora, but the small double culvert over Tannery Brook is now famous – at least in some wonky, legal circles. That's because the question of who is responsible for repairing and maintaining the bridge that leads to a 45-year-old subdivision has been an ongoing tussle between the Town of A…

Buffalo

After being ignored for decades, the hulking Connecting Terminal became the canvas for a nightly light show three years ago on the Outer Harbor that could be seen from a distance. Now, people might get an even closer look at the 1915 grain elevator. They might be able to walk inside a silo or even view the city skyline from the grain elevator's rooftop. Reusing th…

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Feb. 13, 1923 — Dec. 8, 2018 When State Sen. Walter J. Floss retired in 1988, his colleagues "hailed the Clarence Republican as an outspoken, sometimes obstreperous, champion of small business, lower taxes and less government," The Buffalo News reported. Fellow Republican Sen. Ralph Marino told Floss, "I don’t know of any other person who has the courage of his convi…

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Town Councilmember Timothy Meyers has been nominated by Democrats to fill the seat in the Erie County Legislature held by Patrick Burke, who was elected to the state Assembly in November. At a meeting Monday in Potts Deli and Grille in Cheektowaga, members of the Seventh District Democratic Committee chose Meyers for the post by a margin of 2½ to 1, a party …

Business

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, joined labor leaders Monday outside New Era Cap headquarters on Delaware Avenue in a bid to persuade the company to reconsider closing its manufacturing plant in Derby. Company officials a month ago announced plans to close the plant, with 219 workers, in March. Up to 4 million caps a year now…

Education

Plans to tie public school teacher evaluations to student performance on state standardized tests will likely be delayed at least another year as the State Education Department continues to mull over whether it's appropriate to tie evaluations to state test results. The New York State Board of Regents proposed the delay Monday. Prior to the announcement, teacher eval…

Buffalo

The northern portion of the former Memorial Auditorium block – criticized last year by elected officials as a hole in the ground – could be closer to a development plan. That hole, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state agency that works for him have their way, could one day teem with residences, offices, shops and restaurants. On Monday, Erie Canal Harbor Development Co…

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A Fredonia police officer Monday afternoon fatally shot a man holding a knife and who refused to stop advancing on the officer, said an attorney hired by the village police union. The knife-wielding man was covered in blood from self-inflicted wounds, the lawyer said. Neither the Police Department nor the lawyer would identify the officer. "There were multiple witnes…

Business

M&T Bank has named Glenn Jackson as its new chief diversity officer. Jackson, 41, succeeds Carl Jordan, who is retiring after 32 years at M&T, including serving as chief diversity officer since early 2016. Jackson had served as chief operating officer and senior director of programs at Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a school-based initiative, led by M&…

Crime

Vintaun D. Weathers accepted a plea bargain Monday stemming from a May 18 robbery in which a man was shot in the knee at 17th Street and Pierce Avenue in the Falls. Weathers, 33, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III promised to limit his pri…

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A 78-year-old man who was evicted from Niagara Towers last week because he used medical marijuana has been told he's welcome back. John Flickner has been in homeless shelters since his eviction last Tuesday from his federal government-subsidized apartment in Niagara Falls. An official from LHP Capital, the Knoxville, Tenn., company that owns the 201-unit apartment bu…

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Evans Bank will donate $250,000 to support two charter schools, Buffalo Collegiate Charter School and Persistence Preparatory Academy Charter School. Each school will receive $125,000 to support after-school and summer programs for two years. Both schools are part of a program called Building Excellent Schools, a national organization involved in the founding of more th…