Hamburg's town budget this year includes increased money for dredging at the town boat launch, road paving, and a new employee in the assessing department. But the town didn't account for the increase in minimum wage. The budget puts in the same numbers that were in the previous year's budget for part-time and seasonal workers in the Recreation and Buildings and Grou…

The upscale apartments in a three-story building now nearing completion on Main Street in Williamsville will feature 8-foot-high doors, quartz countertops and a second head in every shower meant to mimic the effect of raindrops. There are 20 apartments in the Lymstone Lofts, located at 5933 Main St. across from Williamsville South High School, and amenities like these a…

A person was shot in the leg early Monday morning on Elmwood Avenue, according to Buffalo police. The shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Elmwood, between Hertel Avenue and Grote Street, a police spokesman said in an email. The victim, identified only as male, was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was treated and released. Police did no…

Somalia President-elect Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed quietly lived the American dream with his wife and four children on Grand Island. He provided his family with a comfortable lifestyle and put himself and his children through college. A charismatic and humble man, he befriended fellow immigrants, political figures, sports celebrities. Former Buffalo Sabre Rick Martin lik…

Area golfers itching to get their game out of winter hibernation can head to the Buffalo Tournament Club Golf Course in Lancaster, which will open for the next four days, the first time ever that the club has opened for play in February. The course at 6432 Genesee St., east of Ransom Road, is opening up for play from Tuesday through Friday, with riding carts allowed on …

An Akron manufacturer that got its start with school rulers and pencils wants to triple the size of its warehouse and manufacturing building to handle the growth of its newer promotional items business. Aakron Rule Corp., a 50-year-old company whose products are found in schools and hardware stores, wants to add more than 25,000 square feet to its 12,000-square foot wa…

As West Seneca police officers had one suspected drunk driver pulled over on Union Road, a second one crashed a vehicle into the back of a police SUV last week, according to authorities. Two West Seneca officers were conducting a traffic stop on the side of the road at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when they heard squealing tires coming from behind them and a skidding car ap…

A growing medical practice in Amherst that plans to move down North Forest Road to larger offices received final approval from the town Planning Board last week. Audubon Women's Medical Associates hopes to move by this fall into a 14,500-square-foot space at 2240 and 2250 N. Forest Road, near Millersport Highway, about a mile and a half from its existing, 8,600-square-…

West Seneca plans to switch its recycling pickup to every other week. The town of about 45,000 has weekly pickup by Modern Recycling. It went to garbage and recycling totes in 2014. But now the town wants to reduce its carbon footprint, have less wear and tear on roads – and save money. "Change is somewhat difficult," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. "I think we'r…

The massive Muir Woods property in the northwest corner of Amherst has sat vacant for 17 years under the ownership of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. The developer over the years has proposed millions of square feet of office space, hundreds of apartments and dozens of homes. But nothing has ever happened with the 326-acre site, and the ideas for the property stirred up con…

Developer Rocco Termini is seeking tax breaks for his fourth real estate development project in a North Buffalo neighborhood, as he works to create a new technology business incubator and beer-bottling facility in a former industrial plant. Termini, through his R&M Leasing LLC, wants to convert the former Linde Air Manufacturing facility at 155 Chandler St. into a m…

Hundreds of supporters and an array of Democratic elected officials are slated to join Mayor Byron W. Brown at Erie Community College's City Campus at 5 p.m. Monday, when he officially declares his candidacy for a fourth term. A top source close to the campaign said the mayor will make official what he has promised for weeks, as he attempts to match the late James D. Gr…

A brutal assault outside an Allentown pizzeria early Saturday morning is sparking concern as a possible hate crime, after two gay men were called derogatory names by a group of unidentified males and one was abruptly punched in the face. Mike Slater of Buffalo suffered bruising and a cut above his right eye from the attack, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as…

Buffalo Police are seeking help from the public after a 43-year-old man was fatally shot about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Broadway-Bailey area. Detectives said the shooting occurred at Ashley and Krupp streets and that the victim, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital and died Sunday night. Further information was unavailable. This is Buffalo's 10th homicide …

A body was pulled from the waters off Buffalo Harbor State Park around noon Sunday. Anglers fishing off the dock at the park said they spotted a man in a blue hoodie floating face down in the water and notified authorities. Buffalo police and firefighters responded to the scene to retrieve the body. The body may have been in the water for some time, according to a…