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The Kenmore Village Board this week adopted a $13.86 million budget that Mayor Patrick Mang said will keep taxes down by holding down salaries of elected officials and department budgets. Mang said his salary and those of trustees have remained the same for the past 31 years. He said department budgets have had little to no increases in the past 17 years. He said the vi…

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Rocco Termini is very worried. For the past 10 years, the Buffalo developer has made a name for himself by successfully transforming vacant commercial and industrial buildings into lively residential, hotel and office projects. From his Hotel @ The Lafayette and Warehouse Lofts downtown to his cluster of apartment buildings and business incubators in North Buffalo, T…

Business

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget did not mention any additional Buffalo Billion programs. He proposed $750 million for an eighth round of Regional Economic Development Councils, which set regional economic development priorities and compete against each other for funding allocations. Cuomo also proposed continuing projects through the Upstate Revitalization Ini…

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Mayor Paul Dyster has proposed a 2018 budget that raises taxes to make up for the loss of casino funding. The budget must still be approved by the City Council. A dispute between the state and Seneca Niagara Casino means about $12 million in cash flow to the city is in jeopardy. Dyster presented a budget that does not include casino fund revenues. His proposed $96 mi…

Town of Tonawanda

The City of Tonawanda Common Council adopted a local law which gives it permission to override the state-imposed 2 percent cap on the tax levy, if needed, for the city's 2018 budget. The city has exceeded the tax cap for three consecutive years. "We don't have any fluff," said Mayor Rick Davis. "If we make cuts it will affect services." He said other municipalitie…

Erie County

The Grand Island Town Board must decide whether to override the 2 percent state tax cap or dig into its fund balance to pay for sewer upgrades in its 2018 budget. The town's supervising accountant, Pam Barton, said the town must repay debt on $13 million in sewer upgrades, of which $10 million were state-mandated. That would increase the town's sewer costs by 20 percent…

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Kenmore  property taxes will rise by about $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under a village budget that trustees expect to adopt Tuesday. That would result in a tax bill of about $50 more for the average home in the village assessed at $50,000. The tentative spending in the budget would total $18.5 million, a 2 percent increase from the current budget of $17.8 mil…

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Possibly as soon as July 4, ride-hailing services including Uber and  Lyft are expected to be available in Buffalo and other upstate communities. And, for its many supporters, ride-hailing is long overdue. “We’re very excited we’ll be coming to Buffalo,” said Adrian Durbin, Lyft’s director of communications. Added Josh Gold, policy director from Uber: “We want to …