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Warnings and watches dominate the local weather forecast, as Western New York braces for a one-two punch of freezing rain and flooded creeks over the next 24 hours or so.The big culprit is expected to be freezing rain, which could to coat the northern half of the region with a layer of ice that could down tree limbs and trigger power outages in that area.Temperatures are e…

Phoenix Frontier, a human services agency, offers day programs for individuals with disabling conditions that impact their ability to work. Persons served range from ages 16 to 65, and disabilities include mental retardation, developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, and neurological impairment), alcoholism, substance abuse, physical disabilities, blind…

One of the Common Council’s newest members Friday said he has the unanimous backing of the city’s eight other lawmakers to become the next Council president.Council Member Darius G. Pridgen of the Ellicott District confirmed he has been lining up votes from the nine-member body to secure the leadership position Jan. 2 when it holds a reorganization meeting and vote.“I reac…

Ever since his days as Cheektowaga supervisor, election season rarely has passed without mention of Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak as a candidate for higher office.Popular, well known and hailing from an ethnic base and the politically potent suburb of Cheektowaga, Gabryszak has always loomed as a potential Democratic candidate for county clerk or even county executive.Bu…

DUNKIRK – A traffic stop on Main near East Fourth streets shortly before 4 p.m. Friday led to the arrests of a man wanted in a drug case and two others, Dunkirk police said.Noel Rodriguez, 33, of Maple Avenue had been wanted on an outstanding felony Chautauqua County indictment on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substancce.In a search of the car, police added, …

LOCKPORT – The daughter of Tommie Lee Jones Jr., an inmate who died in the Niagara County Jail last year, filed suit against the county and the jail’s medical services provider Friday, claiming negligence led to her father’s death.It was the second wrongful-death lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court against the Sheriff’s Office in the past 10 days.On Dec. 10, the ex-wife o…

Another new apartment complex may be on the horizon in Lancaster, as a developer this week lobbied for rezoning of a 12.6-acre tract off Broadway in order to move the plan forward.The preliminary proposal by Young Development of Williamsville calls for 156 upscale apartments on an 8-acre section of land along Broadway, with some permanent open space factored into the mix.“…

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What started as a holiday recognition lunch Friday for Metro Bus and Rail employees turned into an ugly standoff between labor and management of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.Transit police physically blocked Vincent G. Crehan, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, from entering the event at Metro’s Babcock Street garage, prompting a flare-up of the l…

FORT ERIE, Ont. – The Christmas spirit seemed to descend on the often-fractured Peace Bridge Authority Friday as Canadian and U.S. representatives avoided confrontation over several issues that appeared headed for it earlier.Representatives headed off to a joint Christmas lunch after wrapping up a 20-minute business meeting at which they approved several routine items prep…

OLEAN – Memo to Santa: Please, no reindeer hooves on the roof of the vacant Manufacturers Hanover Bank building.The lid of the long-vacant, seven-story building at State and Union streets is on shaky grounds because of too many visits by workers over the past six months, City Code Enforcement Officer Ed Jennings told members of the Olean Urban Renewal Agency on Thursday.As…

A Lemon Street man arrested on an assault charge shortly after 11 a.m. Friday is accused of punching a pregnant neighbor and fighting police officers. Timothy L. Alexander, 21, was charged with three-degree assault, harassment and obstructing governmental administration. The victim refused medical treatment, said police, who added that Alexander became combative when pla…

Mark A. Montour was sworn in Friday as the first Native American judge in New York, vowing to protect the rights of every resident and to recognize the sovereignty of the Native American courts across the state.Montour, a member of the Mohawk tribe, said that after his election to State Supreme Court in November, he was appointed to a committee of the New York State Unifie…

FREDONIA – The Fredonia Village Board sprayed cold water on the Town of Pomfret’s proposed 2014 fire-protection contract during a special meeting Friday in Village Hall. Pomfret officials sought a single-year contract reflecting an increase of $9,000. The village, on the other hand, is digging in its heels on a two-year proposal with a total increase of $13,000. The contr…

WASHINGTON – Reps. Brian Higgins and Chris Collins Friday turned up the heat on U.S. Customs and Border Protection in their attempt to get the agency to address long wait times not only at the Peace Bridge, but also at Niagara County’s bridges.A week after the two lawmakers met with agency officials in Washington to voice their concerns – and a day after Sen. Charles E. Sc…

NIAGARA FALLS – The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has rejected a second request to allow a liquor store to open in a residential neighborhood on 24th Street.The proposal from Faisel Haruna to open the business at 424 24th St., north of Niagara Street and across from a convenience store he owns, requires a variance from the city because zoning codes do not allow such a bus…