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West Seneca ended the 2019 budget year with a half-million dollar deficit, according to Supervisor Gary Dickson. "This is completely unacceptable," he said during a financial update during Monday's Town Board meeting. "That’s $500,000 that comes out of our savings." And Dickson blamed the former Town Board for poor budgeting. "The prior Town Board never submitted …

Hamburg

Hamburg's ice arena at the old Nike missile base is nearing the 50-year mark, and it's time to look at enlarging it, Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw said. It's a familiar refrain in the town, where talk about making improvements to Hamburg's ice arena has been around almost since it was built as an open-air rink in 1974. Over the years walls were added, one at a tim…

Courts

The family of a West Seneca boy, who was "clotheslined" when his neck struck a rope while he was riding his bicycle in a town park, has accepted a $30,000 settlement offer from an insurer for the West Seneca Central School District. Court papers say the boy, who was 10 at the time of the accident, will be left with $19,645 after legal fees and court costs. That money wi…

Buffalo

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…

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The owner of Southgate Plaza in West Seneca will pay about $75,000 less in taxes under a settlement that ends a six-year-old challenge to the worth of the property. Southgate Associates agreed to drop its challenge to the assessment dating to 2014, and the Town of West Seneca, West Seneca Central School District and Erie County will not have to refund tax payments from …

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Thirty-six years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed a law designating the third Monday of every January as a federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, state and local governments across the country again will mark the day as an official holiday for their employees. But a small number of cities, towns and villages – including a handful in Buffalo …

Business

Buffalo-area real estate investor Michael Lorigo has added a West Seneca apartment complex to his holdings – paying $5.988 million to buy the Buffalo Creek Commons Apartments from a commercial real estate developer in Maine. Lorigo's Pillar Real Estate Investors, through Holiday Meadows LLC and SJ Buffalo Creek LLC, acquired the 104-unit complex at 1291 Indian Church Ro…

Amherst

A decade-old Pittsburgh-based freight management company completed its acquisition of National Traffic Service's Amherst building last week – three months after purchasing the much older Western New York company. Target Freight Management, through Rebel Realty II, paid $792,500 for the property and facility at 151 John James Audubon Parkway, where NTS will maintain its …

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Gary Dickson never planned on running for supervisor in West Seneca. When he moved to town two and a half years ago, he threw himself into the community, attending Town Board and fire district meetings, and joining community groups like the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government, when he wasn't working at his job fighting financial fraud. He decided to get mor…

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Roxann Gaghich of West Seneca has always been big on Christmas. Her license plate is "Xmas 365." She starts decorating for the holidays in October. She has a small tattoo on the inside of her wrist that says "Believe." That love of the holiday season was tested in 1990 when her father died unexpectedly on Dec. 3. "It was tough. At that point I could crawl in a hole, …

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An Orchard Park man accused of driving drunk in a Sept. 15 crash that killed his brother's girlfriend is now charged with vehicular manslaughter. Daniel W. Witczak, 33, was arraigned Tuesday in West Seneca Town Court on the additional charge, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and the case will go to a grand jury after Witczak waived a felony h…

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A video surveillance camera and an alert employee helped West Seneca catch a repeat graffiti vandal who drew anti-Jewish and racist slogans in the bathroom of the town's new library and community center. The 17-year-old was charged with a hate crime, and is facing two felony charges. The offending graffiti, which included a swastika and racist words written on bathro…

Buffalo

A 65-unit Hamburg apartment complex has been acquired by a Los Angeles investment firm for $4.9 million, in one of the largest commercial real estate deals in recent weeks. Summit Equity Investments, of Studio City, Calif., purchased the Holiday Meadows Apartments at 121-125 Holiday Lane in Hamburg from Michael Lorigo's Holiday Meadows LLC. The 56,650-square-foot com…

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Incoming West Seneca Supervisor Gary Dickson said he and the Town Board are looking for candidates to fill vacancies in various boards and committees in the town. “Going forward, we will have a transparent process for all openings in town government. We want the most qualified people filling these slots,” Dickson said in a statement. There are vacancies on the Planni…