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The Erie County Water Authority has begun work to replace 6,400 feet of aging water main pipes along Harlem Road from Clinton Street to Cayuga Creek Road in Cheektowaga. The $2.4 million project is part of the authority's $43 million systemwide infrastructure plan for 2019, described by commissioners as the largest annual investment in ECWA history. Service interruption…

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The Rev. James and Zandra Lewis were in Niagara Falls on Friday morning celebrating her birthday and their anniversary when the phone call from the troopers came: Zandra’s brother, Robert G. Greene, had died in a terrible accident. Just after 3 a.m., Greene was pushing a shopping cart full of cans and bottles in the center lane of the westbound side of the Thruway, …

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A Cheektowaga man has pleaded guilty to strangling his girlfriend during the early morning hours of Jan. 19 while inside his apartment on Ivanhoe Road, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Monday. Sonny Martinez, 26, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to one count of second-degree manslaughter as a sexually motivated felony, said Dis…

Cheektowaga

Erie County employees assigned to Child Protective Services, Children’s Services and the Foster Care and Adoption division have completed their move into new offices at the Appletree Business Park in Cheektowaga. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz joined Commissioner of Social Services Marie Cannon and departmental staff to cut the ribbon in the new offices on Wedn…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has opened its first upstate New York restaurant in Cheektowaga. The chain with more than 740 locations nationwide is known for smoothies, sandwiches, wraps and other items prepared fresh from scratch. The restaurant opened late last month at 4900 Transit Road, just south of Losson Road, next to the Target Plaza, said Eric Recoon, vice presiden…

Amherst

The rising costs of staging a fireworks show caused Cheektowaga and Niagara Falls to scale back or cancel their annual Fourth of July celebrations this year. And that was before President Trump threatened to impose 25 percent tariffs on fireworks imported from China, fueling fears during the industry's busiest season and causing business owners and consumers to worry. …

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A Cheektowaga man was found guilty of two counts of second-degree criminal contempt Thursday following a two-day bench trial in State Supreme Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that 47-year-old Montu Lighten twice violated an order of protection that was issued on behalf of a victim in a domestic violence case by placing pho…

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski fended off a challenge from highway worker Raymond Jablonski in a Democratic primary election Tuesday. Benczkowski, 61, won 66 percent percent of the vote to 32 percent for Jablonski with 82 percent of the vote reported. She will be seeking her second term of office in November. She ran with the endorsement of the Cheektowaga …

Cheektowaga

Two Cheektowaga Highway Department workers are challenging the town's supervisor and highway superintendent to Democratic primary elections on Tuesday. Supervisor Diane M. Benczkowski faces Raymond J. Jablonski, a highway worker and vice president of the Town of Cheektowaga Employees Association, the largest labor union representing town workers. Jablonski declared his …

Cheektowaga

A waterline installation project in the flood-plagued Towers Boulevard neighborhood will start July 8, Cheektowaga officials announced Wednesday. The project is designed to alleviate flooding of up to 130 homes, said Diane Benczkowski, town supervisor. “The installation of additional waterlines will triple the amount of water cleared and help alleviate backyard flooding…

Cheektowaga

The Town of Cheektowaga is appealing an almost $1 million verdict in a civil lawsuit involving a motor vehicle accident and the current assistant police chief. The town last year was ordered to pay $900,000 after a jury determined a town police official driving an unmarked vehicle was liable when he struck and seriously injured a 69-year-old woman who was crossing Frenc…

Cheektowaga

The developers of the former Villa Maria Academy on Doat Street have dropped their plans to create housing for women military veterans and domestic violence victims and instead will focus on senior housing. The rezoning bid submitted to the Cheektowaga Town Board by developers of the former Villa Maria Academy at 600 Doat St. would open the door for senior housing at th…

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Sandra Anderson Garcia already knows the tombstone will be beautifully eye-catching. It will be carved from granite of either black or burgundy, and it will carry a rendering of the Jesse Ketchum Medal, one of the great scholastic honors in the Buffalo city schools. The only question left is choosing the right word as an adjective, a word that she hopes will serve as a …

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Runway improvements at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, including new snow removal equipment, top the list of upgrades planned with a $1.5 million federal funding package announced by Rep. Brian Higgins. A majority of the three grants provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation – $1.2 million – will support the purchase of two pieces of snow removal equipmen…