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Outdoors

The walleye of Lake Erie were in the spotlight again as the 11th Annual Lake Erie VIP Fishing Day was held last week out of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County, and the result was one of those win-win situations that you dream about – especially when the fishing is as good as it is right now. “The walleye fishing is absolutely incredible,” said Capt. Jim Skoczylas of Sheridan,…

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz spent Tuesday in Washington alongside county-level political leaders from across nine states and the District of Columbia as they lobbied for their communities on infrastructure and community revitalization matters. The Northeast State Leadership Day included panel discussions on key topics, as well as remarks from Commerce Secret…

Education

Voters across Erie and Niagara counties, including the largest school districts in Williamsville, Frontier and Orchard Park, overwhelmingly approved 2019-20 budgets. At least nine incumbent school board members – including Janet MacGregor Plarr in Frontier and two each in Sweet Home and Grand Island – lost Tuesday, with 36 of 37 districts reporting. Voter turnout was lo…

Crime

The Village of Kenmore, just under 1.5 square miles, has long had an outsized reputation for traffic enforcement. When it comes to the state’s ban on texting while driving, Kenmore’s standing holds up. The Kenmore Police Department issued the most texting while driving tickets from 2014 through 2017 among municipal departments in Erie and Niagara counties, according …

Business

A Florida company is leading an environmental cleanup of an Orchard Park industrial property that was once used by Erie County for solid waste disposal and incineration. Octavus Storage NY of Tampa, registered to Joseph McNeil, has filed plans for the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program for 3678 Southwestern Blvd., adjacent to Route 219. The site, which is currently vaca…

Erie County

Roving DWI patrols will be out in force, along with impromptu DWI checkpoints, through the New Year's Eve holiday on Monday around Erie County, according to Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. The extra enforcement will be in addition to regular patrols by Erie County police agencies, Poloncarz said. Through Dec. 23, there have been 2,362 drivers charged in 2018…

Bills

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has declared that Sunday will be Kyle Williams Day to mark the Bills defensive tackle's last game. Williams announced Friday that he was retiring after 13 seasons with the Bills. Polancarz said he spoke with Williams via phone Friday to inform him of the designation and posted the proclamation in Williams' honor. https:/…

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns will cut the ribbon at 11 a.m. Monday to officially open a pistol permit satellite office at the county auto bureau, 2122 George Urban Blvd. in Depew. Kearns said the new office will increase access to pistol permit office services. Another satellite office, in Elma, opened in February. The satellite office in Depew is open Mondays fr…

By Mark C. Poloncarz In Erie County we enjoy a special relationship with Canada. The bonds of friendship and commerce between us run deep and strengthen the economies of Western New York and Southern Ontario. This longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship is under attack, however, by short-sighted tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian products,…

Business

A San Diego-area real estate investment firm, known for buying convenience stores and other retail sites to support the monthly dividends it pays to its investors, has acquired two more 7-Eleven stores in Western New York for a total of $2.7 million. Realty Income Corp. of Escondido, Calif., paid $1.41 million for a store at 402 Delaware St. in the City of Tonawanda and…

Buffalo

Billionaire John Catsimatidis Sr., whose United Refining Co. was criticized earlier this year for owning and neglecting five vacant "zombie" gas station lots in Erie County, has completed a beautification of the second of those properties, located on Buffalo's West Side. The gas and convenience store operator, which runs the Red Apple and Kwik Fill chains, spent just sh…

Local News

The repair of dozens of hazardous dams across New York State has a hefty price tag. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Thursday that municipalities may need to shell out a total of $360 million to patch up dams that could pose a significant flooding risk to residents. And the only dam in Erie or Niagara Counties classified as both high-hazard and unsound by DiN…

Business

A new report gives Buffalo and Erie County high marks as a tourism destination, but underscores the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center's shortcomings in drawing events and visitors. The results put more attention on the future of the Franklin Street facility – whether it should be renovated and expanded, or replaced in a new location. That is the subject of a separate st…