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The vice chairwoman of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency has resigned after the agency's board approved nearly $1.2 million in tax breaks for what she labeled a "blatantly ineligible" hotel project. Michele F. Marconi, who was a critic of the Amherst IDA's practices before her January 2015 appointment to the board, said she is frustrated that she was not abl…

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An office manager who admitted stealing $318,000 from an Orchard Park medical office was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. William Gajewski, 56, of Amherst, stole the money between March 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2016, from Buffalo Rheumatology and Medicine while employed as the office manager. Gajewski al…

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At least 170 motorcyclists are expected Sunday to take part in a ride to honor the memory of Jonathon Cote, the Army veteran from Amherst who was slain by terrorists in the Middle East in 2008. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. at the Dodge Road entrance to Williamsville North High School. It will end, approximately 90 minutes later, at the Lewiston Stone House restaurant, …

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A 16-year-old Cheektowaga girl is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle across Union Road on Monday afternoon, Cheektowaga police said. The teen, identified by police as Sherilann Lorenz, was struck at about 2:15 p.m. as she crossed west over Union near the on-ramp to the Kensington Expressway, jus…

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A month shy of turning 85, William L. Kindel has "a new adventure" planned. But for the first time in his 50-plus years in politics, this one will not involve Amherst. He's moving to Israel. For five decades, Kindel has been a fixture in town politics, including stints as town Republican committee chairman and Planning Board member and five four-year terms as a to…

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Temple Beth Tzedek has a new rabbi. Rabbi Samuel Barth was chosen to head Western New York's largest Conservative Jewish synagogue. “Temple Beth Tzedek is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Barth as our full time Rabbi," said Andrew Gewurz, Beth Tzedek's president. "He joins us at an exciting time in our history as we prepare to move into our new home on North Forest Road thi…

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Williamsville's main drag is a real drag these days. Crews are in the middle of an extensive construction project meant to calm traffic on this busy section of Main Street and make it easier for people to walk around the village. But the Picture Main Street work is shrinking sections of the thoroughfare to one lane in each direction, temporarily stealing on-street pa…

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Stephanie Ruffins and Beth Henderson were fired in 2014 by Stellar Dental Care after complaining to their manager they were groped, bullied and humiliated by a male dental assistant at the Cheektowaga office, an Appellate Division panel of judges ruled. Henderson testified before an administrative law judge that the co-worker grabbed her breasts while she was training R…

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You don't need to visit a wildlife refuge to get a look at black bears, coyotes and deer. These days, Erie County's suburbs are where the wild things are. Early summer's Great Black Bear Hunt highlighted just how much nature and civilization overlap. And the decision by Amherst police to shoot an injured bear stirred up strong emotions. It's part of the larger con…

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Erie County will turn over Garrison Road to the Village of Williamsville after it completes about $372,000 in work there this fall. Garrison Road runs half a mile from Main Street to Wehrle Drive and carries 8,750 vehicles per day. The county owns numerous short roads that are best maintained by municipalities where they are located, allowing the county to focus on heav…

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A chain-link fence surrounds Amherst's first skate park, a vast series of deep concrete bowls and other challenging features poured into a parking lot behind the Northtown Center rink complex. But the park, nearly six years in the making, will open to skateboarders, BMX riders and in-line skaters early next month. The park is a gift to the community, and it is a livi…

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A Spot Coffee franchise in Snyder is set to open next month, the latest in a recent growth spurt for the company. Work to build out the coffee shop at 4610 Main St., just east of Harlem Road in a 2,400-square foot building that previously housed Tabree Restaurant, should finish up late next week, said Dan Hensley, Spot Coffee's chief operating officer. The chain then wi…

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Main-Transit Fire Department officials are investigating a blaze that caused major damage to an Amherst home Saturday evening. Amherst Fire Control said it dispatched crews to 347 Sagewood Terrace following a 7:48 p.m. call from a neighbor reporting smoke and flames in the attached garage. Main-Transit Chief Dan Hooper arrived within three minutes and reported that the …

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A $14.4 million hotel planned at Amherst's Northtown Center ice rink complex has won $1.15 million in tax breaks, overcoming objections that the project doesn't qualify for incentives. The Amherst Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Friday morning voted 6-1 to approve Uniland Development Co.'s request for assistance following more than an hour of discuss…

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A major regional foundation that supports Jewish charities and manages nearly $200 million in assets has placed its chief executive officer on leave and has hired an outside firm to review its policies, The Buffalo News has learned. Peter Fleischmann, who has directed the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies since 1982, confirmed he stepped away from his duties in late …