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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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A teacher at PS 197 Math Science Technology Preparatory School on East Delavan Avenue was injured breaking up a fight between students Wednesday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. The teacher suffered pain and swelling to the hand and went to a hospital for treatment. The fight happened at about 2:15 p.m. A 15-year-old student was arrested and charged w…

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A 19-year-old man is in fair condition at Erie County Medical Center after he was attacked with a knife Wednesday night on Buffalo's West Side by a group of at least 10 people, according to a police report. The victim told police the group of males approached him shortly after 10:30 p.m. outside a home on Rhode Island Street near 14th Street while he was smoking a cigar…

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Bots. Trolls. Russian hackers. Online bullying. The downsides of technology manifest themselves daily. But those perils were not enough to stop a group of Buffalo high school students from tapping the idealism of youth to peer 300 years into the future and remind us of what is possible. The teens produced "The Long, Long Now," a 20-minute documentary/futurist narrative t…

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When Valentino Dixon wakes up Thursday morning, a free man for the first time in 27 years, only one thing will be on his agenda. Making breakfast for his 90-year-old grandmother. "It's the greatest feeling in the world," Dixon said of his newfound freedom Wednesday. "We've been waiting 27 years for this." After more than two decades in prison for a murder he didn'…

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A Brooklyn investment group has purchased a large industrial warehouse and distribution complex adjacent to the Scajaquada Expressway and just behind the Monarch 716 student housing complex on the West Side. The buyers–- 2225 East 7 Properties and JEMF Buffalo Industrial – paid $3.6 million to acquire five separate properties and two facilities from Buffalo Niagara Busi…

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz found golfing legend Jack Nicklaus' plans for a new golf course near South Park persuasive. Nicklaus made the rounds in Buffalo on Monday to signal his interest to be part of a plan conceived by attorney Kevin Gaughan. The plan calls for enhancing the golf course in Delaware Park, creating an educational and vocational center for cit…

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It's no surprise to John Manns that the new Colvin Estates homes that his company built in North Buffalo have sold quickly. But the executive at Marrano Homes said he was astonished at how high the prices went, and at who was buying them: millennials, many coming from the suburbs and some paying as much as $500,000. "I wasn't expecting it to go that high," Manns said…

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A planned new affordable housing project on Jefferson Avenue is moving forward, after the nonprofit agency sponsoring the project took possession of a dozen properties from the developer who owned them. People Inc. is working with developers Nick Sinatra and David Pawlik on a $31.1 million plan to build two three-story residential buildings with 89 apartments, to be loc…

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The promise of a trail network from downtown Buffalo to Youngstown will be fulfilled in the next two years, thanks to a grant announced Tuesday by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. A $6.5 million foundation grant, along with $23 million in state funding, will fill the gaps in the Niagara River Greenway, envisioned more than a decade ago as an unbroken trail along the …

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Common Council President Darius Pridgen said Tuesday the public should receive regular updates about the investigation into last week's fatal shooting of a man by a Buffalo police officer on the city's West Side. Pridgen said he wants the Erie County District Attorney's Office to provide the community with information as it continues to investigate the shooting death of…

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State Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour reserved decision Tuesday morning in the proceeding that will determine whether Cheektowaga Councilman James P. Rogowski will be removed from his seat. The 50-minute proceeding was peppered with questions from Montour, who appeared determined to render a timely decision. At issue is whether Rogowski vacated his council seat by…

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Two Elmwood Avenue restaurant buildings at nearly opposite ends of the city are facing demolition requests this week as part of a pair of unrelated redevelopment projects by William Paladino, Nick Sinatra and Uniland Development Co. Paladino's Ellicott Development Co. and Sinatra & Co. Real Estate are seeking permission from the Buffalo Preservation Board to tear do…