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Erie County lawmakers spent Tuesday and Wednesday listening to presentations and interviewing department leaders about their spending plans under County Executive Mark Poloncarz's $1.53 billion budget proposal. They also expressed spending priorities of their own. Among the more noteworthy items: More SWAT: Several legislators expressed strong support for upgrading t…

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"When our communities are under attack, what do we do?" "Stand up, fight back!" That call-and-response was a rallying cry for the two dozen people on the bus for last week’s Subsidy Tour of some of Buffalo’s most notorious taxpayer handouts. But it also could be a warning to city officials: Opposition to tax-exemption programs that benefit wealthy developers and upscale…

Buffalo

Bishop Richard J. Malone said this week that he was not aware that a Buffalo priest was the victim of an unsolved murder from 52 years ago, until a reporter from The Buffalo News contacted the diocese recently for information about the priest. The body of Monsignor Francis J.V. O’Connor was found in Scajaquada Creek near Assumption Church in Black Rock on March 13, …

Buffalo

Uniland Development Co. has acquired the Ellicott Station post office on Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, rounding out a campus that already includes three large adjacent properties on nearby Ellicott Street. The Amherst-based developer bought the block-wide property at 701 Washington from the federal government, which had put it up for sale through CBRE Buffalo i…

Erie County

For the 37th year, Santa Claus is getting some help from Western New Yorkers through The Buffalo News Neediest Fund. News Publisher and President Warren T. Colville kicked off this year's drive by welcoming about 100 people to lobby of the newspaper's offices for festivities that featured a tree lighting, performances by the Houghton Academy seventh-grade chorus and app…

Amherst

Three students have been charged in connection with Tuesday's bomb threat at Williamsville North High School, according to Amherst police. A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old have been charged with making a terroristic threat, police said Wednesday. Their names were not released. The 16-year-old was charged as an adolescent offender and the matter was sent…

Buffalo

BALTIMORE – Accusations of recent clergy sex abuse against children have declined dramatically since the U.S. Catholic bishops in 2002 reformed how they handled abuse allegations and priests accused of abuse, according to church officials. Dioceses across the country have received 302 allegations of child sex abuse that occurred in 2000 or later, according to the Center…

Buffalo

Verizon Communications is dialing up its investment in downtown Buffalo, planning a nearly $7 million exterior restoration and repair to its primary office building at the corner of Church and Franklin streets. The New York City-based telecommunications giant wants to undertake a thorough renovation of the facades of the complex, which includes a 16-story tower construc…

Buffalo

A 25-year-old South Buffalo man has been charged with robbing a South Buffalo bank on Tuesday morning. Jed Bush of Heussy Avenue has been accused of robbing the M&T Bank branch, 2199 Seneca St., according to Buffalo police. The robber handed a bank teller a note claiming to have a bomb and demanding cash, according to a police report. Police arrested Bush in a…

Buffalo

A masked man with a gun robbed the 7-Eleven on Parkside Avenue on Tuesday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber displayed a gun in his waistband after he entered the store at 281 Parkside shortly after 5 a.m. The suspect, who wore a black mask, white hoodie and black pants, took cash and fled on foot heading north on Parkside, according to the rep…

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Voters gave the green light Tuesday as two Southtowns school districts held referendums on capital improvement projects. In Orchard Park, a $12.2 million proposal was approved, 625-178. Holland passed a $5 million plan, 117-54. The Orchard Park project will improve security at the main entrances to all six school buildings, install more than 100 surveillance camer…

Buffalo

They made their chilling discovery 52 years ago, but Matthew Nasca and Patrick Borrusso remember it like it was yesterday. Finding the body of a murdered priest is not the kind of incident that anyone forgets. On March 13, 1966, Nasca, Borrusso and their buddy, James Brady, were all 12 years old, altar boys from a West Side church. They were out for a carefree Su…

Buffalo

The City of Buffalo thought it had an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by the parent company of the Groove Lounge after the city shut down the establishment last summer after an off-duty police officer was shot outside the business. But following another shooting early Sunday morning outside the business, the city will take another look at the tentative settlement as…

Business

Plumbers and welders apprentices have a new training facility, now that their local labor union has completed the renovation of its new headquarters in West Seneca. U.A. Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22 opened its new offices and training center at 120 Gardenville Parkway, in a former Lifetime Health Medical Group building. The $5 million facility features two welding…

Erie County

What's the only thing better than town officials telling residents the winter parking ban is delayed two weeks? When they do it again. Town of Tonawanda residents can continue parking on the street overnight until Dec. 1. The winter parking ban was set to start Nov. 1, but the town delayed it two weeks to Thursday. Now, the town is delaying it to the end of the month…