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Town, county and state officials Wednesday revealed plans for an estimated $2 million expansion of the Amherst Public Library's Audubon branch. The proposed 5,000-square-foot addition to the library at 350 John James Audubon Parkway would feature a larger, dedicated children's area and an expanded community room. Officials at various levels of government have worked …

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Citigroup has agreed to pay more than $52 million for the building housing its operations center in Getzville from Uniland Development Co. Citigroup Technology, a division of New York City-based Citi, has agreed to buy its 158,000-square-foot building at 580 Crosspoint Parkway from Uniland, along with about 9 acres of adjacent land, according to the bank and Amherst Ind…

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Amherst continues to maintain its lofty credit rating but Moody's Investors Service added a warning that the town recently has spent more money than it takes in, Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said Tuesday. The town's Aa2 rating is considered high quality and this higher rating allows a municipality to borrow money at a lower cost. Moody's warned the town, however, that i…

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A 17-year-old male suffered serious injuries Sunday evening after being struck by a car while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to the Amherst Police Department. The 17-year-old was taken to Erie County Medical Center with "serious head and neck injuries," Amherst police said. Amherst police said they responded to a pedestrian accident just after 7:15 p.m. …

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Leaves will be falling soon, and if you don't like raking them, it's not always fun picking them up at the curb, either. "We hate leaf season," said Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner, who added that it's a short season but the phone doesn't stop ringing with calls from residents. "It has to get done in like four weeks, because then the snow is coming." W…

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The Buffalo Niagara YMCA for years has done what it can to maintain the cramped brick buildings on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo and Belmont Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda that house two of its older locations. Both branches offer adequate children's play areas, swimming pools, gyms, workout rooms and locker rooms — but all fall short of modern standards. That's …

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Two Buffalo men were injured early Friday when a vehicle struck a tree and a light pole on Windermere Boulevard in Amherst, according to Amherst police. Police officers were called to the scene roughly 25 minutes after midnight. Along with crews from the Eggerstville Fire Department, police helped administer first aid to the victims before both were transported to Er…

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The plan to reshape a large section of central Amherst has gained a key state approval but major stumbling blocks remain among the town, developers and residents. Amherst officials and the owners of the former Westwood Country Club months ago hashed out the outline of an agreement to create vast new commercial and recreational space in the area. However, they and the si…

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The University Plaza retail center in Amherst is on the market and town officials hope a buyer can help revive the property as a neighborhood centerpiece. The effort to sell the property at 3500 Main St. comes less than a year after the owner won a 12% reduction in the plaza's assessment. The 14-acre property is in Eggertsville along its border with the Town of Tonaw…

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Holding signs reading "I'm old, not senile," "Would you throw your parents out of their home!" and – off topic, but on point – "Go Bills!" residents of Blocher Homes took their fight against the facility's closing public on Monday. A group of more than a dozen seniors, including 104-year-old Hilda Allen, were joined by union employees and neighbors who also oppose shutt…

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Williamsville residents will consider the future of Ellicott Creek later this month as part of a local plan to evaluate land use and waterfront resources. The village is in the process of preparing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program that will enable it to develop a strategy to manage and protect resources along the creek. A public information meeting is schedu…

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Park School is setting a high bar for science education in Western New York, with the opening of its new science center. The 11,000-square-foot building has four state-of-the art classrooms, a field station with an overhead door for easy access to the nearby marsh and extensive glass throughout, to draw in the light and natural surroundings of the private school’s 34-ac…

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Weather permitting, a group ranging in age from 75 to 104 will leave Blocher Homes on Monday afternoon and make their way to the edge of Evans Street to hold a protest over plans to close the Williamsville assisted-living residence. In deference to their age most will sit, not march. Neighbors of the property and the union representing some workers at the home also inte…

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When Ronald Serio sold his 9,000-square-foot, E.B. Green-designed mansion on Lebrun Road, stories about the sale detailed the home's extravagant amenities, from a movie room and bar to an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and tennis courts. Nowhere was there any mention of a marijuana grow room. Serio, 43, is charged in a new grand jury indictment with planning to grow marijuana…

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The owner of an average $200,000 home in Amherst would pay an additional $32.79 next year in property taxes, going from $1,515 to $1,548, under the proposed 2020 town budget. The tax levy – the amount collected in taxes – would rise by 2.43%, an increase within the state tax cap. With the assessed value of Amherst property growing modestly, the tax rate would rise by 2.…