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The Town of Amherst and City of Tonawanda have agreed on a plan to share assessing services. Town and city officials on Thursday said the collaborative arrangement saves money for both municipalities, creates efficiencies and encourages the sharing of best practices. The city would pay Amherst $43,000 per year for the part-time services of Town Assessor David C. Marr…

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The Clarence Town Board on Wednesday approved a 2019 town budget that lowers the general fund tax rate, even as it increases the tax levy. Board members approved Supervisor Patrick Casilio's preliminary budget without making any changes following a public hearing that drew no speakers. Spending in the $23.6 million budget rises by 1.5 percent. The tax levy, the amoun…

Business

The Buffalo Niagara job market is still chugging along. The region added 6,400 jobs over the past year – a 1.1 percent annualized growth rate – as hiring picked up at local construction companies and in education and health services, according to new data from the state Labor Department. The October data shows that hiring has been robust by Buffalo Niagara standa…

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A Niagara Falls man driving what authorities said was a stolen vehicle and his passenger were arrested after the vehicle struck an Erie County Sheriff deputy's vehicle and then crashed into a ditch on Grand Island. The incident happened about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, when a sheriff's deputy saw the vehicle driving recklessly on the I-190 near the Grand Island Boulevard exit,…

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A wind farm that will bring 48 high-capacity turbines to Cassadaga was approved Thursday by the state Public Service Commission. The Cassadaga wind farm will have the capacity to generate up to 126 megawatts of electricity and will include substations and other interconnection facilities and transmission lines that will be located in the Chautauqua County towns of Cherr…

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KeyBank spent a long time deciding where to open another branch on the East Side. Its search has culminated at the northeast corner of East Delavan Avenue and Grider Street, at a shuttered Rite Aid. KeyBank plans to transform part of the vacant building into a branch that will open next spring, pending regulators' approvals. Key officials said the neighborhood the ba…

Health and Fitness

Allison Schroeder understands the pain that can grip a family after suicide. She tried to take her life three times in the months after her brother, Matt, took his in October 2015, two weeks before his 35th birthday. “Everything was so clouded by my anxiety and depression and my grief that I wasn't thinking straight and doing things I would normally do,” said Schroed…

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The Wynn brothers of Toronto are spreading their real estate interests into Niagara County. A company formed last month, called Gold Wynn Remington Lofts LLC, will take over management of the building that houses Remington Lofts and Remington Tavern on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda, said the company's attorney, Anthony D. Mancinelli. The company's lease allows it…

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ALBANY – Two Republican senators, including one from Western New York, are feverishly vying for a Senate leadership job with zero power in Albany over policy matters, the state budget or even parking lot assignments at the Capitol. Yet, senators John Flanagan of Long Island and Catharine Young from Olean, are coveting the right to be called Senate Minority Leader come J…

Construction and Growth

Always wanted to pet a shark or a stingray? The Aquarium of Niagara will be the place to go by 2020. The Niagara Falls attraction plans to construct a nearly $1.4 million interactive touch pool near its entrance, giving visitors the chance to reach into the water and touch one of the aquarium's white spotted bamboo sharks or a stingray. A bamboo shark is only abou…

Buffalo

A decrepit former used car parts building on a 6-acre East Side lot is slated for demolition, after the Buffalo Preservation Board on Thursday declined to take a stance. Empire Building Diagnostics wants to tear down a one-story garage and car repair facility at 837 Bailey Ave., in one small part of a larger grass-covered lot. Formerly J&J Auto Parts, the cement-…

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Let the beer experiments begin in the Cobblestone District. Labatt Brew House, a new innovation brewery and the first of its kind under the Labatt name, will open Saturday alongside KeyBank Center. Your grandfather will likely embrace the industrial feel of the place – the exposed ceilings, metal trimmings and wooden tabletops – but he never had a Labatt beer the lik…

Buffalo

Four local retailers were selected for the 2018 Holiday Edition of "Queen City Pop-Up" at the Shops at Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Their offerings include handmade and custom bow ties, clothing, handbags, home goods and personalized gift box sets, said Mayor Byron W. Brown, who joined representatives from the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Wednesday to announce the win…

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The Lackawanna City Council is seeking candidates who live in the 3rd Ward to fill the seat recently vacated by William R. Leonard. Leonard, 52, was forced to resign Oct. 31 after State Police investigators determined his residence was in West Seneca, not Lackawanna, as required under the Lackawanna City Charter. Investigators also determined that Leonard voted in a …

Buffalo

Winter parking restrictions on Metro Bus routes in the City of Buffalo are now in effect, meaning there is no parking on any bus route from 1:30 to 7 a.m., city officials announced. The seasonal parking restrictions, which took effect Thursday, allow crews to plow snow and salt city streets. They remain in effect through April 1. In addition, alternate-side parking r…