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Seven months after Alliance Innovative Manufacturing in Lackawanna abruptly shut down, its owner has sold the manufacturing facility to a Blasdell company that makes racks, shelving and other storage products. Rapistak Corp., through the David Aidan Group LLC, paid $1.32 million for the 3.04-acre complex at 1 Alliance Drive, just north of Smoke Creek off the Hamburg Tur…

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A state court decision allowing Amherst to take over a former gas station in Eggerstville means the "zombie" property is close to coming back to life. But the New York City billionaire who owns the site is so frustrated by the town's attempt to grab control that he said he's made a decision: Erie County is dead to him. "We will make zero investment in Erie County. Th…

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. …

The 3rd Ward Council race in Lackawanna was topsy turvy Tuesday night. First the Erie County Board of Elections reported Anis Saif, a software engineer, beat retired Lackawanna firefighter Dean Moretti in a Democratic primary with 100 percent of the vote counted. Then the board reversed the results, showing Moretti winning the race by 55 percent to 45 percent. Dem…

Lackawanna

The conviction of Lackawanna councilman William R. Leonard for official misconduct after he violated the city's residency requirement continues to play a role in this year's primary runoff for his vacant seat with candidates facing increased scrutiny from residents in the 3rd Ward. "Everyone wants to know where I live. It's the first question they ask me,” Dean Moretti …

Education

The Lackawanna City School District paid $477,000 to two service providers without sufficient documentation that the district got what it was paying for, according to the findings of an audit by the state Comptroller's Office. The audit, which reviewed a total of $4.6 million in spending on nine service providers, found the district paid $275,000 for information technol…

Lackawanna

A new director of development with experience in environmental law is expected to take his seat Tuesday in Lackawanna City Hall. Richard E. Stanton, an attorney, will be the third development director appointed in Lackawanna in five years. Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski went beyond city limits in his appointments of Stanton and his two predecessors Drew Shapiro and Fred K.…

Columns

Ken Wisz described the spot so beautifully I should have known it, once I saw it. We met Wednesday outside an old wooden building alongside Smokes Creek. Today it is broken into apartments, but a faded kitchen vent and a basement door with chipping paint, once the easiest point for lugging in a keg, revealed the gritty grandeur of all it used to be. Mazur's Grill, close…

Lackawanna

The end appears near for Lackawanna's gritty box-like City Hall annex, dubbed an “orange milk crate” by the city's mayor. The City Council this month approved a $315,000 agreement for the city to buy the Knights of Columbus building at 2838 South Park Ave. from the Lackawanna Catholic Club. Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski has made little effort to hide his distas…

Lackawanna

Lackawanna’s Hometown Hero campaign entered its second year Sunday afternoon at the Col. J. B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., with the presentation of 110 memorial banners by Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski. Honorees must be Lackawanna residents who served in the armed forces. Szymanski started the program in 2018, when 37 heroes were honore…

Business

Global Concepts Charter School will formally break ground May 23 on its "Green Space Initiative" to convert an unused portion of its Ridge Road property behind the school into a natural park with athletic facilities, a playground and educational programming. The 12-year-old Lackawanna charter school previously used its parking lot for a fenced-in playground, alongside f…

Courts

A Lackawanna man was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in prison for an incident in which he used a gun to keep a victim in his apartment and attempted to strangle her, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. James Horace, 44, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years. He had faced …

Lackawanna

Retired Lackawanna Fire Chief Ralph Galanti will serve as the city's new director of public safety. Galanti, 51, retired March 31 after 13 years as chief and 29 years with the department. His appointment earlier this month placed him in charge of Lackawanna’s fire, police and animal control departments. Galanti will also serve as the city’s emergency manager. The part-t…

Crime

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo sentenced a Buffalo man to seven years in prison following his conviction on two firearms charges, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced. Erick Pizarro, 37, had been convicted on charges of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Kennedy reported. Ke…