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University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia scientists will hold a community meeting Nov. 21 to update the public on their Tonawanda Coke soil study. The session will take place at 6 p.m. in Riverview Elementary School's auditorium, 55 Taylor Drive in the City of Tonawanda. A federal judge ordered Tonawanda Coke to pay $711,000 to fund the study after the company was con…

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Joseph Spino is an endangered political species in the Northtowns. Assuming his 48-vote lead over his Democratic opponent holds up after absentee ballots are counted, Spino would join the Amherst Town Board as its only Republican. Amherst would have the only town board with a dissenting voice in the most populated of Erie County's northern suburbs. In Tuesday's el…

Business

Amazon has paid $1.7 million to buy the property in the Town of Tonawanda where it plans to build and run a $25 million warehouse and distribution facility. The global online retailer agreed in June to buy the 24-acre site at TM Montante's Riverview Solar Technology Park, and the sale closed Oct. 18, according to the deed. However, the transaction wasn't publicly record…

City of Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick won another term in office Tuesday representing the 4th District. Hardwick, 62, a political science professor at Canisius College, defeated his Republican challenger Jacob J. McMahon, 23, a Grand Island firefighter and former Marine. The nine-year incumbent has been representing the city and town of Tonawanda and Grand Island …

Erie County

Supervisor Joseph Emminger handily won re-election against Republican challenger Chuck Sankey. Emminger's re-election was not be a surprise. Democrats have held total control of the Town Board since 2007 and Republicans confronted a Democratic voter registration edge of 45% to 28% this year. Redeveloping the former Huntley generating station and Tonawanda Coke si…

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Work to overhaul the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome in Tonawanda is running behind schedule but town officials say the dome should reopen before Thanksgiving – if the weather over the next few weeks isn't a turkey. Crews deflated the dome in June as part of an estimated $2.5 million reconstruction of the landmark visible to tens of thousands of motorists who pass it on the…

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…

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For nearly the entire 20th century, Republicans ruled in the Town of Tonawanda. But beginning in the first decade of the 21st, Democrats overturned the established political order. They snagged every Town Board seat by 2007 and they've held total control ever since. Republicans confront a Democratic voter registration edge of 45% to 28% this year as they try to oust …

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On Friday, dozens of construction workers crawled over 24 acres in a Town of Tonawanda industrial park, preparing to pour foundations and install structural supports for a $25 million warehouse and distribution center. By the end of 2020, hundreds of part- and full-time workers should fill Amazon's 117,000-square-foot delivery station, where packages will arrive, get so…

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…

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Amazon on Thursday afternoon confirmed it is building a $25 million warehouse and distribution facility in the Town of Tonawanda. The company sent a statement to The Buffalo News saying it expects the delivery station to create hundreds of part- and full-time jobs when it opens in 2020. "The new station will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up …

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A former Town of Tonawanda paramedic accused of taking medication from the drug deposit container at Police Headquarters has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Jeremy Pecoraro, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Grand Island Town Court to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, the Erie County District Attorney's Office reported. The Town of Tonawa…

Crime

A Kenmore man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling crack cocaine multiple times to undercover Erie County sheriff's deputies, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Deputies charged 34-year-old Corvair Harge with two counts of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal sale of a narcotic, possession of a controlled substance and …

Amherst

Major capital improvement projects got the green light Tuesday from voters in two suburban school districts. A $39.9 million plan for the Sweet Home Central School District in Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda was approved, 277-110. In the City of Tonawanda, a $53.5 million proposal to consolidate the district’s elementary schools passed, 883-478. In Sweet Home, c…

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Voters in two suburban school districts on Tuesday will decide the fate of major capital projects. In Sweet Home, officials have proposed a $40 million construction project at all seven school buildings, including improvements to the district service center and safety glazing of the windows at main entrances to district buildings. State aid would pay for about 58% of…