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On a frosty winter night 35 years ago, an off-duty New York State trooper struck up a conversation with 21-year-old Leichia Reilly in a popular West Seneca nightclub. Witnesses saw them walk out of the old Pierce Arrow nightclub together around 3 a.m., according to West Seneca police. The trooper, identified by police as Daniel D. Rose, walked back inside almost an h…

Buffalo

Benderson Development Co. and Derrick Corp. have swapped land in Cheektowaga that will enable the developer to construct a new retail project on the site of a former Kmart store while restoring the industrial manufacturer's access to the road. Benderson paid $2.72 million to buy the former Kmart store property at 2055 Walden Ave. from Derrick, which then paid $1.86 mill…

Buffalo

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is evaluating if the cleanup of a former gas station and parking lot at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street is complete enough, after the developers behind the Elmwood Crossing conversion took down all the concrete and asphalt and carted away polluted soil. The DEC and Department of Health are reviewing a dra…

Columns

Cindy Cirbus often looks out a big back window as she cleans off her kitchen table. She lives on Orchard Place in Lackawanna, where her backyard pushes up to railroad tracks and the woods beyond them, a view that sometimes provides a moment to stop and think. She was looking out the window in late October when she saw the dog. It appeared to be some kind of hound mix…

Buffalo

Lackawanna and South Buffalo residents, as well as other interested parties, will have a chance Tuesday night to learn more about plans to redevelop the former Bethlehem Steel site and also to offer public comment into both the project and the scope of the environmental quality review that will be required. The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. –…

Obituaries

Jan. 25, 1942 – Oct. 15, 2019 Gerald C. “Jerry” Marchand, of East Amherst, a retired human resources director for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Oct. 15 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 77. Born in Buffalo, he attended School 28 and was a 1959 graduate of South Park High School, where he was an honor student, designed the cover of the yearbook, played o…

Courts

A Lackawanna man who admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old victim was sentenced Tuesday in State Supreme Court to six months in jail followed by 10 years of sex offender probation, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 68-year-old Stephen Savaglio on July 22 pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual act – a v…

Buffalo

The Great Steel Strike of 1919, an historically important national labor action that was underway a century ago in greater Buffalo, will be the focus of a remembrance at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, in the Heritage Discovery Center at 100 Lee St. During the walkout, thousands of steelworkers at local plants left their jobs as part of a…

Hamburg

Ever notice how many of the wind turbines on the old Bethlehem Steel property along Lake Erie don't rotate, even on windy days? Now we know why. The company that manufactured parts for the turbines went bankrupt, and the owner of the turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg can't get replacement parts. Now the company that owns them, Erie Wind, a subsidiary of TerraForm…

Local News

John A. Catsimatidis is a billionaire investor and radio talk show host in New York City who owns supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, an oil refinery and valuable real estate. So why does he care so much about a quarter-acre piece of vacant land in Eggertsville? And why has he spent the last 18 months battling the Amherst town government over a parcel worth …

Erie County

Attorney John J. Gilmour won a wide-open race Tuesday in Erie County's 9th Legislative District, The Buffalo News declares. Gilmour, a Democrat and political newcomer, defeated another first-time candidate in Republican Ryan R. Stang to represent Hamburg, Lackawanna and South Buffalo in the Legislature. The two squared off for the seat being vacated by Lynne Dixon, w…

Hamburg

Young adults sometimes have some trouble talking to their older co-workers or boss. But a NextGen Development series will address that and other issues on helping to bridge the generational gap between the current workforce and those entering it. The first session will be on how to have difficult conversations with a superior or with a client. Sponsored by the Southt…

Crime

A Lackawanna man who sold drugs to an undercover police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fentanyl charge, according to the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. Larry D. Brodie, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with the intent to distribute butyryl fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum penalty of…

Columns

Rick Wegryn read on Facebook about the ceremony for Casimer Mazurek. Wegryn, a retiree from Bethlehem Steel, put in almost 30 years in the steel plant. Sometimes, in the first seconds after sleep, he will come out of a dream and believe he is still there, walking from the lunchroom to go back to the floor. He said that once you have done the work, once you have seen the…