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After years of neglect, developers are once again giving their regards to Broadway. From the edge of downtown Buffalo to the neighborhood surrounding the Broadway Market, one of the city's primary routes through the East Side and into Cheektowaga is finally getting attention from several developers – albeit slowly. But it's extending the city's redevelopment boom int…

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A Niagara County Social Services worker, who also is a Republican candidate for county legislator in Niagara Falls, is demanding an investigation by the county Board of Ethics of alleged improper access to his personnel file. Sixth District candidate David J. Zajac said he became a Social Services van driver in 2016, although he had an impaired driving conviction in 201…

Crime

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries Thursday due to a hit-and-run crash on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, according to the Lewiston Police Department. Police said a man was hit by a vehicle shortly after 11 p.m. on Green Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. He was transported by a private vehicle to the hospital. Police say the suspected vehicle is reporte…

Erie County

Heidi Brown had to downsize into a smaller house, find a new car and look for a new job when she got divorced seven years ago. Buying health insurance was the last thing on her mind. “It slipped through the cracks,” said Brown, 60, of Orchard Park, who still had a son at home and left a family business after the breakup. She soon landed a fulfilling job as a home …

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There's still time to negotiate a payment plan for Buffalo property owners at risk of losing their homes or businesses at the city's upcoming foreclosure auction. Through the city's annual Foreclosure Assistance Program at Erie County Court, attorneys with the city's Law Department will continue working with property owners on making payment arrangements through Oct. 25…

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Two-thirds of his own House Republican colleagues disagree, but Rep. Tom Reed of Corning Thursday insisted that President Trump did the right thing in withdrawing American troops from Syria. "When President Obama was in office and seeking to put boots on the ground in Syria, I did not see the mission there, and I did not support the boots on the ground in Syria at that …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A definition from Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, born on this date in 1919, “Luck, that’s when preparation and opportunity meet." • • • STOP AND SHOP – St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, will hold its Halloween flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free appraisals of antiques and collectibles will be given. Admission …

Courts

A student who claims she was sexually assaulted by a member of the Niagara University men's swim team is joining a lawsuit against the school. The woman, now a sophomore at Niagara, said the attack took place in the fall of last year when she was a 17-year-old freshman. Identified in court papers as "Jane Doe-2," the woman said she reported the assault and a subseque…

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For 194 years, the Erie Canal has allowed boats to make an uninterrupted journey from Buffalo to Albany, and then on to New York City. A new proposal to stop invasive species could put an end to that route – but not if a host of local and state officials have anything to say about it. In a confidential report obtained by The Buffalo News, a consultant to Gov. Andrew …

Health and Fitness

Bobbi Stokes faces her students when she leads classes at Riverview Fitness, a position that comes with a distinct disadvantage. “I tell them all the time, ‘You guys are really pretty, but I barely looked at the water today.’ ” The gym includes circuit training, cardio and group fitness rooms – and arguably the best view onto its nearby surroundings in all of Buffalo…

Crime

A Lockport man who allegedly fled Buffalo Police late Wednesday following a traffic stop at Bailey Avenue and Dingens Street was arrested on multiple charges Thursday by police. Nicholas Herko, 30, was charged with unlawful fleeing of an officer, reckless driving, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and speeding, as well as op…

Amherst

A crush of first-day customers beyond expectation surprised the owners of the new Chef's On the Go Thursday at Williamsville Place on Sheridan Drive, following a grand opening that caused some loyalists to wait all night for the big moment on a nearby sidewalk, as recounted in my column today. The place was forced to close its doors with many orders still outstanding fo…

Bills

Both candidates for Erie County executive at Thursday's debate expressed confidence the Buffalo Bills will remain a Western New York franchise for the foreseeable future – though each had different reasons for why they think it's virtually an iron-clad guarantee. In response to a question from The Buffalo News' County Hall reporter, Sandra Tan, about that assurance, Dem…

Erie County

Lynne Dixon called the Erie County executive "a bully" Thursday as the tension grew in a televised debate between the two candidates for county government's marquee post. "Mark Poloncarz, you are a bully," Dixon said as she lamented what she considers his negative campaign and a failure to listen to opposing views. "I don't know if it's because I am a strong woman," …

Courts

A Town of Tonawanda man who admitted robbing several gas station convenience stores in the area has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to 20 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, between Feb. 25 and March 11, 46-year-old Justin Jenkins disp…