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Members of Cheektowaga’s Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed a proposal for the town’s first veteran’s park to be located at Nob Hill Park during this month’s meeting. The Neil Bateman Veterans Memorial Park would honor U.S. Army Pvt. First-Class Neil E. Bateman, who died a Purple Heart hero at age 20 after charging into a hail of gunfire in Vietnam, said Gl…

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Councilwoman Christine Adamczyk will assume the post of deputy supervisor, taking over the post from Brian Nowak, who served in the role since August 2018, Supervisor Diane Benczkowski announced Wednesday. The appointment is effective immediately. “Councilmember Adamczyk’s values are more in line with my vision as to what is needed to work with me to meet…

Cheektowaga

Political newcomer Frank J. Todaro declared victory in his election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Todaro, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence party lines, upset Democratic incumbent John Bruso to claim the seat in the 8th Legislative District representing Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden. Todaro, 40, is owner of Collision …

Cheektowaga

Diane Benczkowski won a second term as Cheektowaga supervisor over Republican Scott Rybczynski, 56, the Buffalo News projected based on unofficial results from the Board of Elections. Benczkowski, 61, ran on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Benczkowski ran on her office's history of responding to residents’ concerns and keeping the town’s spending in check.…

Amherst

Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

Business

Niagara Transformer plans to open a $3.3 million research and development facility next month at its location in Cheektowaga. The family-owned company makes substation-style transformers used around the world and at local sites including Tesla's South Buffalo plant, the UB stadium and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Niagara Transformer plans to add 10 to 15…

Cheektowaga

A Cheektowaga man was arraigned in Niagara County Court Monday on a five-count indictment accusing him of a violent sexual assault against a Niagara Falls woman. Victor Cramer-Williams, 24, of Linda Lane, pleaded not guilty to first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of criminal obstruction of breathi…

Buffalo

Morgan Communities, the real estate company owned by embattled Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan, has completed the sale of about half of its portfolio –  about 80 properties, including five in the Buffalo area – to a similarly named, but separate firm in Pennsylvania. The deal with Morgan Properties of King of Prussia, Pa., includes 15,000 apartment units, across ei…

Cheektowaga

Several communities in recent years have debated how to regulate chickens as pets or farm animals. None of them have debated it the way the officials are in Cheektowaga, where the confluence of a well-known store, an instantly recognizable mascot and a heavily traveled intersection has town officials wondering whether they want to ruffle these particular feathers. At…

Buffalo

Jane Wiercioch of Cheektowaga has voted many times in her 87 years, but Saturday was a first for her in more ways than one. Wiercioch was the first person in town to cast her ballot on the first day of early voting in New York State. And there was a line at the Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Walden Avenue, where about a dozen people were wai…

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter for causing the death of a friend in a two-car crash that happened as they fled from a store after being accused of shoplifting, according to Erie County prosecutors. Aleia Easley, 23, pleaded guilty to the highest charge against her in connection with the April 23 death of Jacquelyn McClain, 21, of Buf…

Amherst

Dr. Todd Shatkin, a cosmetic dentist and Amherst businessman who launched a mini-dental implant laboratory, has acquired an 11,000-square-foot office building  on a dead-end court down the street from his own East Amherst home. Shatkin, co-owner of Aesthetic Associates and Shatkin First, paid $1.46 million through Shatkin Land Development Co. to purchase the 2.5-acre pr…

Cheektowaga

Proposed cuts in library and youth programming totaling $155,000 drew a passionate crowd to Cheektowaga Town Hall Monday night for a hearing on the preliminary $92.8 million budget for 2020. Many residents who spoke feared that cuts to part-time library payroll would force the reduction of hours and services at the Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Library on Harlem Road. They…

Cheektowaga

The on again/off again townwide reassessment in Cheektowaga is on again. The Town Board on Tuesday voted 4-2 to reinstate the reassessment, a plan that was rejected less than a month ago. Deputy Supervisor Brian Nowak and Councilman Gerald Kaminski voted in support of the townwide reassessment plan, the first since 2014. Two Council members – Christine Adamczyk and B…