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There's a new neighbor on one of North Buffalo's most storied streets, and already people are questioning whether it's going to be a good fit. The street is Tillinghast Place and the addition is a stone mansion, which looks like a majestic tribute to good workmanship and sophistication, according to some nearby residents, who called it a huge plus for the Parkside commu…

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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 …

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NEW YORK – Chris Collins got some poignant advice from the judge who sentenced the disgraced former Erie County executive and congressman to 26 months in prison on insider trading charges. The judge's message? You can go home again. What's more, you should. "I understand it is difficult to go back to the Buffalo area," U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick to…

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More than 200 women and men braved the bitter cold wind and blowing snow on Sunday to stand on the steps of Buffalo City Hall, loudly proclaiming their demands for equality for all, protections for indigenous people, justice for the oppressed and a cessation of fighting against Iran. The fourth annual WNY Women's March highlighted far more than just women's issues, as t…

Crime

A Transportation Security Administration worker lost not only his uniform but also his pickup truck last week, one of two pickups stolen in the Town of Wheatfield in a nine-hour period, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported. Sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone took a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup from the driveway of a Mourning Dove Lane hom…

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A Buffalo firefighter was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center after being injured at the scene of a fire Saturday night in South Buffalo. The fire at 43 Southside Parkway caused $275,000 in damage. Firefighters were called to the multi-unit building around 10:15 p.m. The fire started in the basement, according to fire investigators. The Red Cross …

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is getting slammed to the turf on Twitter for supporting Republican Beth Parlato in her bid to replace former Rep. Chris Collins for New York’s 27th District seat in Congress. Kelly’s tweet on Saturday endorsing Parlato brought a blitz of replies, some of which sacked the beloved former Buffalo Bill for entering the political fray in s…

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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…

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It was an intense and busy weekend for Nadia Pizarro. A burst of snow in Buffalo and earthquakes in Puerto Rico touched on two of the central missions in her life. Pizarro, co-chairwoman of the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless, plays a key role in Code Blue, a Buffalo network that comes together in times of relentless cold to try and protect anyone who might …

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The lake-effect snow warnings for southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, originally posted until 4 a.m. Monday, were canceled Sunday evening as snows tapered down. Perrysburg and Colden led the list of snowiest spots in Western New York when the National Weather Service updated snowfall totals at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The NWS reported that a co-op obs…

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There is no question, say many Republicans charged with filling the vacant congressional seat once held by Chris Collins, that Robert G. Ortt fits the bill. The state senator from North Tonawanda is an Army veteran who wears in his lapel a Bronze Star pin signifying the medal he received in Afghanistan. The state Conservative Party rated him at 100% for his votes in Alb…

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ALBANY – Shortly before efforts to legalize marijuana failed in the State Senate last June, the measure’s sponsor made a dire prediction: The issue would be dead in 2020. State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, believed then that lawmakers would fear taking on such a controversial issue in an election year. “I’ve changed my mind,’’ Krueger said last week. Th…

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Angelo Coniglio will watch today’s NFL conference championship games and root hard for the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers to win so they can meet in Super Bowl LIV. “That way,” Coniglio says, “the Chiefs can get revenge for their loss in Super Bowl I.” Why does a devoted Buffalo Bills fan who lives in Amherst give a hoot what happens to a team from Kansas C…

Four domestic animals died Saturday when fire destroyed a house at 6340 Cemetery Road in the Town of Ripley, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. When volunteers from the Ripley Fire Department arrived at 5:30 p.m., the house was a total loss, according to the Sheriff’s Office. No one was home at the time. No injuries were reported. Firefighters from West…

Obituaries

March 29, 1927 – Jan. 15, 2020 Patricia Militello, of Getzville, a Buffalo City Hall clerk who in retirement became a chaplain ministering to AIDS patients, died Wednesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 92. Born E. Patricia Pollina in Buffalo, the daughter of Sicilian immigrants, she was the youngest o…