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When Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz put forward a plan to allocate $45 million in leftover county money from 2018 toward various county programs and community organizations, it launched a debate among county legislators about whether there were better ways to spend that money. And it led to questions among many readers about why the money needs to be spent at all …

Cheektowaga

A series of fights that set off widespread commotion at the Walden Galleria on Wednesday brought new scrutiny to the mall's security polices and the response of Cheektowaga Police. Police and the mall's owner, Pyramid Management Group, said they are continuing to review what happened Wednesday night, when several fights escalated into a chaotic shopping scene and a part…

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News of chemical-laden moats and toxins that could contaminate stormwater runoff  into the Niagara River sparked outrage from those in the community who had already long worried about Tonawanda Coke's air and soil pollution. Some of the toxins at the site originated before federal and state environmental regulations were enacted. Other pollutants – including thousands o…

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News that New Era Cap plans to shut down its Derby manufacturing facility in March shocked the plant's 219 workers, jolted the union that represents them, and angered politicians and residents this week. Most of the caps manufactured in Derby, up to 4 million a year, will now be made by third-party manufacturers overseas. A small number of those caps – the ones worn by …

Watchdog

Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel and Watchdog Team editor Mike McAndrew spent six months investigating nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties. The resulting stories began appearing in The Buffalo News on Oct. 21, and more are on the way. They found that out-of-town investors had bought 16 of the 47 nursing homes in the two counties in the past 11 years, and many of …

Erie County

The release of a consultant's study recommending two potential sites for a new Buffalo convention center has sparked plenty of publicity, interest and debate. It has also sparked questions from readers who wanted more details about the proposal to build either a bigger-and-better Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at its current location or a new convention center on pro…

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Over a month after Chris Collins was indicted on charges of insider trading and 37 days since he announced he would not run for re-election, the Clarence Republican says he will remain on the ballot, "actively campaign" for his 27th Congressional District seat and serve if re-elected, Bob McCarthy and Jerry Zremski reported.  Readers had questions about if and how someo…

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Four decades ago this month, President Jimmy Carter declared Love Canal an environmental disaster, becoming the first president to order federal emergency funds to be spent on a man-made disaster. Hundreds of families were later evacuated from homes near Love Canal. In the Love Canal Containment Area today, 40 acres of manicured grassland conceal 21,800 tons of some of …

Business

New York State regulators revoked their 2016 approval of the Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications merger, giving Charter 60 days to come up with a plan for selling its Spectrum cable internet, television and telephone business to new ownership, David Robinson reported Friday. Readers wondered what this means for current Spectrum customers, so we reached out to R…

Art

A year after the Albright-Knox unveiled its original, controversial expansion plans to change Gordon Bunshaft's 1962 expansion, the gallery this week unveiled a new design that would preserve the Bunshaft building. Shohei Shigematsu's new design was approved by the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, which oversees the gallery. It will feature a new glass building and bridge tha…