|Buffalo's anti-drugs movie case drags on - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 1 h. 17 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVBuffalo's anti-drugs movie case drags onWKBW-TVBUFFALO, N.Y.(WKBW) - Criminal charges still stand for a Buffalo mother and son who are at the center of a anti-drug movie controversy. Robin and Robert Sagliani will appear in Buffalo City Court in early November. The mother and son were charged in ...Case moving forward against mom, son who say police condoned drug use for filmwivb.comall 4 news articles »
|Amber Alert issued for 3-month-old abducted near AlbanyWIVB / 1 h. 23 min. ago more|
TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An Amber Alert has been issued for a child abduction near Spring Avenue Friday morning in Troy. The incident happened at around 11:30 a.m. The child, Donavan Bragg, is a 3-month-old boy with blue eyes. He is approximately 2′ long and weighs about 15 pounds. PHOTO/WROC One suspect, Frank Bragg, is approximately 40 years old with short, brown hair and hazel eyes. He is approximately 6′ tall and weighs about 230 pounds. Another suspect, Amanda Rua, is approximately 36 years old with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is approximately 5′ 6″ tall and weighs about 135 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black leggings, and silver shoes and possibly a jean jacket. The vehicle has been identified as a black four-door sedan Honda Accord with NY license plate number HRU2020. The vehicle was last seen traveling southwest on Spring Avenue. PHOTO/WROC Police say the subjects fled the location with the child under circumstances that lead the officers to believe that the child is in imminent danger. Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Troy City Police Department at (866) N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.
|Tacos top list of most-ordered items from UberEATS in BuffaloWIVB / 1 h. 43 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – UberEATS, an online ordering and delivery platform launched bu UBER, debuted one month ago in Buffalo. What are Buffalonians ordering from UberEATS? According to the company, the top five most ordered items in Buffalo are: Tacos Burritos Chicken Fingers Subs Nachos The most popular day to order is Sunday, and the most popular time is 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The top five searched categories on the app include: Fast food American Mexican Breakfast/Brunch Asian
|Advocates hope #MeToo movement creates changeWIVB / 1 h. 52 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — This week, hundreds of thousands of posts using the hashtag ‘Me Too’ began popping up after actress Alyssa Milano prompted people who are survivors of sexual harassment and assault to use the phrase to highlight the issue. “I think it’s really shown the broad community how prevalent sexual assault and harassment is,” said Cailtin Powalski, the Director of the Advocate Program at Crisis Services. “Its been an opportunity for many survivors to really share their story and experiences.” She says, for others, it is triggering. “We want them to know that we hear them, too. Even if they’re not ready to share stories, that’s okay; it doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened or it isn’t important.” Sexual harassment is defined by advocates as ‘any sort of unwanted sexual-in-nature experience that someone has had. Because of that broad definition, Powalski says, statistically, it’s tough to track the number of people who have been victims. She says the movement is showing there are many out there and she’s hopeful the conversations that are being started will be the beginning of creating change. “As a community, we are poised for change now and we’re not going to tolerate those behaviors which are so harmful.” If you or someone you know has been a victim of harassment or assault and would like to talk with someone at Crisis Services, call their 24 hour hotline at 716-834-3131
|Pennsylvania Police: Newborn’s dad sold heroin in hospital maternity wardWIVB / 1 h. 58 min. ago more|
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Hulse was arraigned Friday on charges including heroin delivery and endangering the welfare of children. The Tribune-Review reports he declined to comment afterward. Authorities say Hulse got busted after Greensburg police stopped a vehicle Thursday and found heroin and paraphernalia. The occupants told police they had just bought the drugs from Hulse at Excela Health Westmoreland hospital. Police say they went to the maternity room and confronted Hulse, who acknowledged selling the drugs and who had heroin in his pocket. Police say Hulse’s girlfriend, the baby’s mother, told them she didn’t know about the drug deals. Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.
|New fall fashion items available at Bills storeWIVB / 2 h. 6 min. ago more|
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bills fans are getting game day ready as the team is heading back to the cap after their bye week. Fall, football weather should be coming around eventually and Bills backers are gearing up for when those games arrive. “You can certainly wear your pride all year long,” said Jason Klein, the retail manager at the Bills store. “We have products that’ll carry all season.” And the bills store has attire for every fan. Even the newest members of Bills Mafia can wear onesies to show their support. Klein says they work with 80 different merchandising companies, keeping their shelves stocked with the latest, trendiest attire for the season. “We like to keep it fresh. New products coming in with new apparel – it’s something we take pride in.” Klein says their sales numbers on sitting right around where they were this time last season and that’s as the team holds the same record heading into week 7. “If we can put together a few more wins, I think fans will be out in droves.” The Bills store is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and all day during home games.
|Erie County Parks’ fall photo contest kicks off this weekendWIVB / 2 h. 15 min. ago more|
ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The annual “Fall for Erie County Parks” photo contest kicks off Saturday, encouraging county residents to capture the beauty of Erie County’s public parks in their fall foliage. The contest runs from Oct. 21 to Nov. 5. Rules for the contest can be viewed here. Participants who live in Erie County can enter by posting their photos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FallforECParks . No professional photographs will be accepted. Only one entry per person can be submitted, and each submission must note in which park the photo was taken at and identify the location inside of the park. Only horizontal photos may be submitted. Participants will see their photos displayed by the Erie County Parks Department on their website and on social media outlets.
|Three Arbor + Reverie properties put on the marketBizjournals.com / 2 h. 19 min. ago more|
Project redesign allows for Ciminelli to sell the properties.
|34 pot farms have burned down in California wildfiresWIVB / 2 h. 39 min. ago more|
California wildfires have destroyed dozens of cannabis farms just weeks before the state’s legal recreational marijuana market goes live. 34 farms have been destroyed as of Friday, according to Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association. But he said that number is likely to rise. “Unfortunately, it will grow significantly,” Allen said. He’s working to confirm additional reports of burned farms by making phone contact with the farmers. “Just the scale of this event is kind of numbing.” The fires that started sweeping across the state earlier this month are the most destructive in California’s history. The fires have burned 245,000 acres, destroyed 7,700 structures and killed 42 people, according to Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting department. The fires have been particularly bad in Sonoma County, where 30 pot farms and three pot manufacturers lost everything to the blazes, according to the web site of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance. None of those businesses are insured, according to the alliance. Allen said he managed to confirm that 25 farms were destroyed in Sonoma County, which are included in his statewide tally. He’s still trying to reach the remaining five. He said the farmers are “thankful to be alive,” but the devastation is “heartbreaking,” especially since none of them are insured. Allen said the fires happened with “uniquely bad timing.” California’s legal recreational marijuana market is slated to launch on January 1, and hundreds of dispensaries and stores will need stock on their shelves. Also, he said many farmers have used their savings to apply for state permits, which costs as much as $50,000. Federal law prohibits banks and financial institutions from participating in the marijuana industry, even in the eight states where recreational pot is legal, because marijuana is illegal according to federal law. Federal prohibition makes it difficult for cannabis farmers to get insurance. Related: Retail marijuana is spreading to California “The road to recovery is going to be long,” said Allen, a former cannabis farmer who sold his ranch in 2012. “We live harvest to harvest so we’re looking at how we get people to the next harvest. Right now, our immediate goal is making sure folks have what they need to get those seeds in the ground.” The fires are unlikely to make much of a dent in marijuana supply, despite the devastation, because there are so many farms. Allen said there are more than 50,000 pot farms in California, and as many as 15,000 in Sonoma County. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996. Voters approved recreational marijuana last year. Cal Fire said that 10,000 firefighters were still battling nine large wildfires and about 15,000 people are still evacuated, but they’re making progress with help of rainfall.
|Two marathoners meet up, sharing stories about continuing to run despite obstaclesWIVB / 2 h. 41 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Kyle Robidoux wakes up each day, puts on his sneakers, and runs. “Folks with all different abilities can do what you need to do but you just have to adjust and adapt and be creative,” said Robidoux, from Boston, traveling to the area to talk with people at the Olmsted Center for Sight. Robindoux learned he could do anything he wanted to, as long as he adapted, a few years back after being diagnosed with a progressive eye disease called retitatis pigmentosa when he was 11-years-old. “For years I thought I couldn’t run anymore because of my vision,” said Robidoux who says he pushed the diagnosis out of his mind and admits he didn’t deal with it in a healthy way. “At first, I started walking and then running for a minute. When I didn’t fall or trip anyone, then i started for 30 and 45 and two hours.” This past summer, he ran for 28 hours straight during a 100 mile race. Local runner and Olmsted Center for Sight employee, Carl Tausend, ran 12 miles the morning he Robidoux for the first time. “It was interesting,” said Tausend, who has completed two marathons and is training for a third and a triathlon. “It was fun to meet someone else who is legally blind and does marathons.” Robidoux runs with a lead, a sighted runner who he remains tethered to the entire time. Tausend does that for some races but is running the Buffalo marathon without a tether. Both athletes say they feel able and free to any anything they want when they’re hitting the road and running. “I feel free and my mind can wander,” said Tausend. “I don’t have to worry about anything. i just run.” “We are all facing different challenges but at the end of the day we an all continue to do what we want to do regardless of ability.”
|Arrest made in Clarence hit and run that sent two children to hospitalWIVB / 2 h. 49 min. ago more|
CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in Wednesday’s hit and run accident in Clarence that sent two children to the hospital. London White, 27, of Amherst, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, speeding, failure to yield right of way, and failure to stop at a stop sign. On Wednesday, a white delivery truck and a passenger vehicle collided at Salt and County roads. The passenger vehicle rolled over with a parent and two minors inside. The delivery truck fled the scene. Following the crash, the Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to identify and locate the truck. The Sheriff’s Office received “dozens” pf calls, as well as a call from employees of a local business. According to the Sheriff’s Office, representatives from Value City Furniture contacted the Sheriff’s Office after seeing media reports and observing damage to one of the company’s delivery vehicles. An investigation led to the arrest of White. White surrendered to deputies with his lawyer and was released on appearance tickets to Town of Clarence Court. The two children in the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to make a full recovery. The Sheriff’s Office did not have an update on their injuries as of Friday afternoon. Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard thanked the public for their help and commended Value City Furniture for their actions in a statement, saying the company proved “to be a good and responsible corporate citizen.”
|Clarence High School prepares to compete in 12th annual trebuchet contestWIVB / 3 h. 5 min. ago more|
CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) –It takes about ten minutes to load and launch, but it takes about a year of building, sculpting, and preparation. It’s a trebuchet and Clarence High School is at the forefront with new design techniques. Crank it up, watch it rise, load in the ammo, and it’s off. This is the trebuchet that Clarence High School’s engineering club built, and it is impressive. It seems simple but a lot of work has gone into its design over the past year! Senior and president of the club, Anthony Mele, told News 4, “We found a design that we liked, we started making prototypes. We started with a quarter scale model, then a half scale model, and then eventually based this larger scale off of.” Anthony is president of the club and took on a lot of the responsibility of designing the catapult that will compete in the 12th annual trebuchet contest at The Great Pumpkin Farm. Mele said, “I’m excited to hopefully see all our work pay off and I’m nervous to see how it actually unfolds and how the trebuchet actually handles.” The outcome will probably be pretty good. Along with numerous practice runs with the engineering club, Anthony has gone over the design with his teachers, perfecting every square inch. Tom Maroney, Technology Education Teacher for Clarence High School said, “They are all attacking the different problems that have to be involved. There is a lot of math, there’s a lot of science and they are doing all the calculations. Plus they’re figuring out all the problems and there is a lot of them!” It’s an activity that allows a little bit of fun to be incorporated into the classrooms that sometimes aren’t so fun. Maroney hopes that this will inspire a lot of the students involved to go into engineering. He shared, “Out of the 50 involved, most of them are going to be going into engineering, that’s their goals. And they have to try and figure out the different fields they are going to go into. So when we did this project, I broke it up into the mechanical side, the architectural side, the civil side and the electrical side.” 10 schools, including Clarence High School, will be competing in the contest Sunday. There are lots of different areas of the competition ensuring many winners. Each will be awarded money to put towards their club.
|Cheektowaga man charged with January shooting in AmherstWIVB - Crime / 3 h. 22 min. ago more|
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Cheektowaga man has been accused of shooting a man on Hartford Road in Amherst this past January. Amherst Police detectives and Cheektowaga Police served a search warrant on Marne Road Friday morning following an investigation into then shooting. Raaquim McCrayer, 25, of Cheektowaga, was charged with first degree assault and second degree criminal possession of a weapon and taken into custody.
|Batavia man charged with assaulting childWIVB - Crime / 3 h. 51 min. ago more|
BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Batavia man has been charged with assaulting a child after Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say he attempted to punish his 11-year-old son by striking him on the foot with a plastic object, which caused him to bleed. John P. Henning, Sr., was charged with third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged incident took place Thursday. Henning was arraigned in Batavia Town Court and released. He was given a return date of Dec. 5.
|New push for DL&W Terminal funding underwayBizjournals.com / 4 h. 17 min. ago more|
Higgins, Schumer joining with NFTA to seek federal funds.
|Why Walmart is putting strange towers in stores - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 4 h. 18 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVWhy Walmart is putting strange towers in storesWKBW-TVDon't you hate waiting in long checkout lines, while the person in front of you hunts for coupons, small change and maybe has to write out a check? Walmart says those days may soon be over, thanks to new technology it just rolled out in 50 stores ...and more »
|New deal puts Mentholatum product on NASCAR carBizjournals.com / 4 h. 46 min. ago more|
Rohto Jolt eye drops on Mike McDowell's car.
|AMRI says it's still committed to Buffalo project after private equity takeoverBizjournals.com / 5 h. 58 min. ago more|
The Albany-based company says it still plans to fulfill the job goals laid out in its Buffalo Billion commitments.
|CUBRC tapped by U.S. Air Force for $6.5M contractBizjournals.com / 6 h. 34 min. ago more|
The research and development organization is working with the federal government to better control the stuff that floats around in space.
|WNY credit unions add members, but growth rate falls short of New York as a wholeBizjournals.com / 6 h. 54 min. ago more|
Data from the New York Credit Union Association shows a 1.3 percent membership uptick during the second quarter – on par with the national growth rate, but less than the statewide average.
|Suspect in baby murder could be in WNY - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 7 h. 14 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVSuspect in baby murder could be in WNYWKBW-TVBUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force needs help identifying an unknown male, believed to be traveling with wanted fugitive -- Joshua Gurto (pictured above in cap). The Conneaut Police Department says ...and more »
|Authorities looking for man they say raped, killed babyWIVB - Crime / 7 h. 19 min. ago more|
CONNEAUT, Ohio (WIVB) — The U.S. Marshals Service is looking for a fugitive they say raped and killed 13-month-old Sereniti Sutley. Joshua Gurto, 37, is wanted by the Conneaut Police Department in northern Ohio. He was last seen in Girard, Pennsylvania. A dark grey Ford F-150 truck seen in a surveillance video appears to have a New York license plate. Authorities say Gurto and an unknown male may be in or traveling throughout western New York. Gurto is roughly 5’10” and weighs about 145 lbs. Authorities say Gurto has a deformed right ear, a misaligned jaw and tattoos on his right forearm. Anyone who can help identify the unknown male in the video, or anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gurto should call 1-866-4WANTED or text 84711. A reward is being offered for information leading to Gurto’s arrest.
|Case moving forward against mom, son who say police condoned drug use for filmWIVB - Crime / 7 h. 29 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A city court judge has denied a motion to dismiss drug-related charges against Robert Sagliani and his mother, Robin Sagliani, who both appeared in a short film shot in Buffalo in which they say they shot up real heroin. Robert Sagliani is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, as well as obstruction of governmental administration, resisting, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Robin Sagliani is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both were arrested, along with a third person, near the library back in December. The Saglianis claim the arresting officer, Liz Baker, offered to help them with their charges if they appeared in the film “Blink of an Eye” which was being shot, in part, in a restaurant in the Main Place Mall. The Saglianis say Baker had been told by a superior officer to find heroin users to appear in the film, and they say that’s why they were arrested. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says he personally supervised the internal investigation into Baker’s actions, and found she made no promises to the Saglianis. Flynn says Baker did tell them pair about the film that was being shot and she did give the Sagliani’s the producer’s contact information, and that was it. Flynn responded to questions about why Baker was at the mall during the film’s shoot, and even posed for a picture with Robert Sagliani, by saying the mall is on Officer Baker’s normal beat. Flynn says she happened to be walking by the shoot and stopped when she saw the Saglianis, but he denied allegations that Baker in any way orchestrated their appearance in the film, provided paraphernalia for them to use, or in any way condoned their drug usage, let alone had any knowledge of it. “Officer Baker did nothing wrong at all. No one from the Buffalo police department did anything wrong at all,” Flynn said, after Hon. Joseph Fiorella denied the defense’s motion to dismiss charges. Robin Sagliani’s attorney, Mark Sacha, had argued the charges should be dismissed in the interest of justice, alleging improper police conduct. “It’s politics,” Sacha told News 4. “It’s an election year and they wanted to be behind the opiate crisis, which is a great thing, but this woman is not just something to be used,” he said, touching Robin Sagliani’s shoulder while speaking to reporters outside the courtroom. Robert Sagliani, who is being represented by a public defender, did not appear in court Friday morning. He is currently in rehab in Pennsylvania. Flynn says if Robert Sagliani completes treatment, that will be taken into account. Flynn said he would “do the right thing” and “not make this into a federal offense.” The Saglianis are scheduled to appear as co-defendants in Buffalo City Court for further proceedings on November 2 at 9:30 a.m.
|Congressman Chris Collins calls for new IJC Commissioners - WKBW - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 7 h. 39 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVCongressman Chris Collins calls for new IJC Commissioners - WKBWWKBW-TVBUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Congressman Chris Collins is urging for replacement of all International Joint Commission Commissioners to address the failed Plan ...and more »
|Former fire department treasurer charged with stealing more than $11,000WIVB - Crime / 7 h. 47 min. ago more|
BOLIVAR, N.Y. (WIVB) — The former treasurer of the Bolivar Fire Department was charged with stealing more than $11,000. The money was taken from the department over several years, according to an investigation by Bolivar police and the office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Authorities say Amy Olmstead, 47, forged and cashed department checks, and pocketed cash that was donated at fundraisers. One of the campaigns authorities say she stole from was the “Smile for Christmas” campaign. The campaign collects money used to buy toys for local kids. According to DiNapoli’s office, Olmstead exaggerated bank balances to hide that she was stealing money. When a bank told the fire department that their checks were bouncing, “her alleged crimes were unmasked,” according to DiNapoli’s office. “It’s unacceptable when a public official blurs the line between their private desires and the public’s money,” DiNapoli said. “When that line is crossed, a clear message must be sent that such behavior will not be tolerated. I thank Bolivar Police Chief Steven McPherson and Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep for their partnership with my office in bringing Mrs. Olmstead to justice.” Olmstead started working for the fire department in 2014. In January of last year, she became the treasurer, but resigned in September of that year “after her alleged fraud was exposed,” DiNapoli’s office said. She was charged with Grand Larceny, Forgery and Falsifying a Business Document. After appearing in Bolivar Village Court, she will be back on December 21.
|6 arrested in family court warrant sweepWIVB - Crime / 8 h. 18 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Six Erie County men were arrested in a family court warrant sweep by the Erie County Sheriff’s office. The arrests were part of the annual National Family Violence Apprehension Sweep, which occurred across the country. “Although my Family Court Warrant Unit is active throughout the year, these sweeps concentrate on some of our worst offenders to bring them in front of the courts and ensure the individual is living up to his or her responsibility to their children,” Sheriff Tim Howard said. “These operations help the families and the taxpayers by bringing deadbeat dads and moms to justice.” The following people were arrested on family court warrants: 53-year-old Daniel Sokolofsky from Kenmore on a Family Court warrant. 41-year-old Kevin L. Williams from Buffalo on a Family Court warrant. 62-year-old Anthony Ross from Buffalo on a Family Court warrant. 24-year-old Xavier Boney from Buffalo on a Family Court warrant. 42-year-old Andrew R. Walter, Sr. from Angola on a Family Court warrant. 40-year-old Luis A. Pirela from Buffalo on a Family Court warrant. “Deadbeat parents need to be held accountable,” Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw said. “Children and mostly single moms suffer when parents do not honor their court ordered obligations to support their family. It is an honor to work with the Sheriff to ensure children are properly taken care of. We are sending a clear message to deadbeats that stiff their families: we will find you. And you will pay. One way or another, you will assuredly pay. Yesterday’s raid is the culmination of the process we audited. The Sheriff’s Office gets top marks for their controls and procedures regarding serving these warrants and today’s results are proof they are working.”
|Local politicians backing DL&W expansion project - WKBW.com ... - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVLocal politicians backing DL&W expansion project - WKBW.com ...WKBW-TVBoth Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins are backing the TIGER grant that will fund the completion of the Delaware, Lackawanna ...and more »
|Funeral arrangements for Officer Craig Lehner - WGRZ-TVGoogle News / 9 h. 14 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVFuneral arrangements for Officer Craig LehnerWGRZ-TVBuffalo, NY- Buffalo Police have finalized funeral arrangements for Officer Craig Lehner, who died during a routine training exercise in the Niagara River on Friday. Visitation hours will be held on Monday, October 23rd and Tuesday, October 24th from 3 ...Tribute for Craig Lehner scheduled for Thursday nightWKBW-TVBody of Buffalo police diver recovered from Niagara RiverFox NewsBPD officials explain why Officer Lehner didn't have GPS devicewivb.comNewYorkUpstate.comall 104 news articles »
|ECMC bolsters HIV/AIDS programs with federal grantsBizjournals.com / 9 h. 26 min. ago more|
The Buffalo hospital received four separate grant awards through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
|Buffalo tourism officials raising city's profile as a - destination'Buffalo News / 9 h. 41 min. ago more|
The University of Arizona is applying for a liquor license to sell beer and wine at men's basketball games. Arizona Ath BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was a first in Buffalo-local tourism officials inviting top convention and travel experts from across the country for a "Travel Industry Summit", to help raise Buffalo's profile as a travel destination.
|Harper brings 30 years of biz experience — and lots of faithBizjournals.com / 10 h. 6 min. ago more|
Stuart Harper this year marks 10 years as CEO at the Buffalo City Mission. After decades living around the country, he considers Buffalo home.
|Cuomo pitches Buffalo, other New York state sites to Amazon's BezosBizjournals.com / 11 h. 16 min. ago more|
Governor's personal letter to Amazon's CEO part of local bid package.
|Western New York took a loss on private-sector jobs in SeptemberBizjournals.com / 12 h. 43 min. ago more|
The sluggish employment sector around Buffalo worsened in September as the metropolitan area dropped 3,900 private jobs compared to a year ago, a decline of 0.8 percent. Couple that with a loss of 3,100 like jobs in the Rochester market, a fall of 0.7 percent. By percentage, the financial activities (-5.1 percent) and leisure and hospitality sectors (-4.2 percent) took notable losses. Professional and scientific services declined by 3.0 percent. The Buffalo area did add several hundred…
|Raging fire destroys east side building, damages another - WKBW ... - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 14 h. 11 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVRaging fire destroys east side building, damages another - WKBW ...WKBW-TVBUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo firefighters are calling for an emergency demolition of at least one building, involved in an overnight Friday fire. Two buildings ...Vacant houses catch fire overnight | wivb.comwivb.comall 3 news articles »
|Future USS Little Rock to be Commissioned in Buffalo, New YorkBuffalo News / 16 h. 17 min. ago more|
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced October 18 the newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, PCU Little Rock , will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, December 16 at Canalside Buffalo. The future LCS 9, commanded by Cmdr.
|Buffalo and Rochester submit joint build for new Amazon headquartersBuffalo News / 20 h. 25 min. ago more|
The University of Arizona is applying for a liquor license to sell beer and wine at men's basketball games. Arizona Ath Buffalo and Rochester submitted a joint bid this morning for the $5 billion project, which is expected to bring up to 50,000 jobs to the winning community.
|Another charge for Buffalo Police officer accused of assaulting person in custodyWIVB - Crime / 20 h. 41 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo Police officer accused of assaulting a person in custody is now facing another charge. Officer Joseph Hassett is accused of tripping a suspect who was in handcuffs, causing him to hit his head on the ground. The incident allegedly occurred in March. Hassett appeared in court Thursday, where the judge announced another charge related to a previous filing of a false instrument charge. If convicted, Hassett faces two years in jail. He’s currently on unpaid administrative leave.
|Date Set For Commissioning Of New US Navy Ship In BuffaloBuffalo News / 22 h. 33 min. ago more|
A date has been set for the commissioning of a new U.S. Navy warship in Buffalo later this year. The USS Little Rock commissioning committee received word Wednesday from the ship's commander that the $360 million vessel known as a littoral combat ship will be commissioned Dec. 16 at Canalside on Buffalo's Lake Erie waterfront.
|Buffalo tourism officials raising city’s profile as a ‘destination’WIVB - Business / 22 h. 55 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was a first in Buffalo—local tourism officials inviting top convention and travel experts from across the country for a “Travel Industry Summit”, to help raise Buffalo’s profile as a travel destination. Staff from the agency formerly known as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Buffalo Niagara officials showed the out-of-town contingent the many sights Western New York has to offer, and then asked for their ideas. With Buffalo known as an old “Rust Belt” city, part of the old industrial Northeast, taking on tourism as an economic engine has been a gradual transition. VBN President Patrick Kaler said the agency is trying to attract more tourists and conventions by re-branding the city as “The New Buffalo”, and the “Unexpected Buffalo”. “Great conversation, great dialogue taking place. I think we have some fantastic new ‘evangelists’ that will be going back to these fantastic trade associations on our behalf.” Experts in the areas of conventions, tourism, and sports tourism took notes as they looked over the sights that are being built new, and being preserved. Patricia Rojas-Ungar, VP of Public affairs for the U.S. Travel Association was impressed with the region’s low cost of living, “It is the affordability of some of the amazing new properties that you have. When we went to the Hotel Henry I was surprised at how reasonable a suite was. You can get a suite at the Hotel Henry for under $400. That does not happen!” Hotel Henry is the new boutique hotel that is part of the H.H. Richardson complex on the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Western New York also regularly hosts faith-based gatherings, and Harry Schmidt, President of the Religious Conference Management Association said Buffalo can capitalize on the family-friendly nature of those types of events. “The actual faith event that normally comes to town–you’ve got those before and after moments where people just like to bring their families and visit. You’ve got that family friendly environment here that is just going to attract that kind of thing.” The convention and tourism experts seemed to be pleasantly surprised with Buffalo’s weather, defying the city’s snowy reputation, but they also learned the region profits from many winter attractions, such as skiing, and outdoor sporting events. The experts concluded Buffalo sorely needs a new convention center. The Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center is considered outdated, undersized, and in a poor location. Kaler pointed out county officials have known Buffalo needs a new convention center, and now they are trying to figure out a way to pay for it.
|Buffalo makes sense for Amazon's new headquarters - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 1 d. 0 h. 22 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVBuffalo makes sense for Amazon's new headquartersWKBW-TVEAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Amazon is looking to spend $5 billion to construct a second headquarters. The question is where it should go? It is the final day for proposals to be submitted hoping to lure the project and its estimated 50,000 new jobs ...
|Here's the Buffalo man who won $1 mil. from scratch-off ticket - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 1 d. 0 h. 41 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVHere's the Buffalo man who won $1 mil. from scratch-off ticketWKBW-TVBUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A Buffalo man will be $1,000,000 richer Friday after he receives his winnings from a lucky scratch-off ticket. 52-year-old James Helminiak purchased a New York Poker scratch-off game ticket from Corner Market on Broadway in ...
|Queen City Tuk Tuk offers unique way to see the sightsBuffalo News / 1 d. 0 h. 42 min. ago more|
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maine's Republican governor against the state's Democratic attorney general a NEW YORK - The Big Ten is increasing its conference schedule to 20 games in men's basketball and 18 in women's basketball, starting in DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski says President Donald Trump "should realize he's accountable to a BUFFALO, N.Y. - If you've been in downtown Buffalo in recent weeks, you may have noticed an unusual open-air vehicle on the roads. Queen City Tuk Tuk has started offering tours and transportation in an auto-rickshaw that would look more at home in southeast Asia.
|Buffalo school evacuated after student sets paper towel on fireWIVB - Crime / 1 d. 1 h. 44 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A student setting a paper towel on fire at Frederick Law Olmsted School caused students to be evacuated from the Suffolk Street school on Wednesday.Buffalo School District spokesperson Elena Cala said Thursday that the student, a male freshman, set the paper towel on fire in a school bathroom, triggering a smoke alarm. The school was evacuated for a short time around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Buffalo police and firefighters responded. The student’s name is being withheld. He used a lighter to start the fire and admitted to starting it. The student was charged with third degree criminal mischief and fifth degree arson.
|Buffalo man pleads guilty to holding up Bank of America on ElmwoodWIVB - Crime / 1 d. 2 h. 57 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to robbing the Bank of America on Elmwood Avenue in September. Harry Charnock, 60, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to third degree robbery in Erie County Court. Charnock robbed the Bank of America at 495 Elmwood Ave. at about 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23. Police were led to Charnock after an image of him from bank surveillance video was aired on local media outlets. He faces up to seven years in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 29.
|Irv Weinstein ALS gift - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY - WKBW-TVGoogle News / 1 d. 4 h. 38 min. ago more|
WKBW-TVIrv Weinstein ALS gift - WKBW.com Buffalo, NYWKBW-TVNext week hundreds of people will gather to help fight ALS and while former WKBW-TV anchorman Irv Weinstein won't be there in person, he will definitely be ...and more »
|PHOTOS: Bills and Bucs ahead of Buffalo Kickoff LIVEBuffalo News / 1 d. 5 h. 9 min. ago more|
Notre Dame is once again the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball title. The Fighting Iri ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will play Georgia State in an exhibition game to raise funds for victims of recent hurricanes.
|Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Daughter, 18Buffalo News / 1 d. 7 h. 22 min. ago more|
Testimony is underway in the trial of a Rochester man charged with fatally stabbing his estranged wife and his college student daughter last fall. Thirty-eight-year-old Patrick Brooks is on trial for two counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of Christie Brooks and 18-year-old Victoria Brooks, who was a freshman at Canisius College in Buffalo.
|Threat of microplastics topic of Healing Our Waters meetingBuffalo News / 1 d. 9 h. 38 min. ago more|
It's day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including microplastics.
|Police Grief Changing Over the YearsBuffalo News / 1 d. 14 h. 7 min. ago more|
Buffalo, NY When a police officer dies in the line of duty, their colleagues are always ready to help the family of the fallen. One former Buffalo police commissioner recalls how things have changed since an officer was fatally wounded two decades ago.
|Hit and run accident in Clarence sends two children to hospitalBuffalo News / 1 d. 18 h. 24 min. ago more|
The NCAA says at least two dozen Division I basketball programs are taking advantage of a waiver that allows teams to play an extra exhibiti CLARENCE, N.Y. - The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit and run crash at Salt and County roads in the Town of Clarence. Calls came in around 2 p.m. Wednesday about a crash involving a passenger vehicle rolling over following a collision.
|NYC, Buffalo-Rochester bid for Amazon's second headquartersBuffalo News / 1 d. 22 h. 52 min. ago more|
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|Canadian man convicted in fatal June hit and run in Lancaster sentenced to one yearBuffalo News / 2 d. 1 h. 10 min. ago more|
Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death in September. NASHVILLE, Tenn.
|Blue Pumpkins to Benefit Lehner's FamilyBuffalo News / 2 d. 5 h. 36 min. ago more|
WNY Heroes, Inc. will be selling blue pumpkins on Saturday at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, with proceeds benefiting the family of Craig Lehner. Lehner, a nine-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, died on Friday while training with the Buffalo Police Department's Underwater Rescue Team.
|Buffalo turns blue in wake of police diving deathBuffalo News / 2 d. 10 h. 13 min. ago more|
After five days of watching from afar - through television sets, social media posts,and newspaper accounts - a moment for community members to pause and honor officer Craig Lehner. Tedesco waited near Broderick Park to see if he could catch a glimpse of the procession that escorted Lehner to ECMC.
|Want your MTV? Dispute could black it outWIVB - Business / 3 d. 23 h. 4 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If you subscribe to Spectrum, the cable television provider that replaced Time Warner Cable in Western New York, there is good news and bad news: The pay TV service is in a feud with Viacom, owner of 23 cable networks, over money that—if it is not settled soon–could cause Viacom’s TV networks to be blacked out . The two companies missed a Sunday deadline to reach an agreement, but the good news is they agreed to extend the deadline and keep talking. Their dispute comes down to how much Spectrum will pay Viacom to carry its programming, known as a retransmission fee, and the stakes are high. Both companies are titans of the TV industry, and both stand to take a big hit, if Spectrum blacks out some of Viacom’s more popular programming, such as Nickelodeon, MTV, or Comedy Central. Viacom has launched a public relations campaign to encourage Spectrum’s customers to take their side in the dispute with Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum Cable. Viacom has produced video messages promoting a website, KeepViacom.com, and posting a phone number for subscribers to register their support of Viacom. This clash of TV titans is also giving pause to consumers, who have been cutting the cable in increasing numbers over the years, to consider video alternatives. Industry analysts are predicting Cable TV, satellite, and other pay TV services will lose more than a million subscribers in 2017. That’s because consumers have choices such as Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV, which they can stream over the Internet without a cable, and Dan Ackerman, a senior editor for CNET points out, some of these video services can be received using a smartphone app. “It will show you where it is playing, if it is only on one service, if it is on multiple services, or in some cases, which is really rare, if it is not anywhere yet.” If the two sides fail to come up with an agreement, and a blackout of Viacom’s 23 networks is imposed, more than 16 million Spectrum subscribers would be affected. Analysts project Viacom could take a 16 percent loss in revenues, amounting to more than $700 million.
|Niagara Falls water board seeks help controlling dark overflowsWIVB - Business / 10 d. 22 h. 52 min. ago more|
Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WIVB) – Heavy rain Sunday night and Monday morning is being blamed for yet another overflow of raw sewage into the Niagara River adjacent to the Niagara Falls—the third time in a week. The State Department of Environmental Conservation reports Monday’s overflow was actually the fifth discharge in three months, noting there was a discharge Sunday. The DEC is warning the Niagara Falls Water Board, it has to take action to control pollution flowing from the city’s wasterwater treatment plant into the river, but the board now says it needs help. While all of Western New York got soaked overnight, Niagara Falls seemed to bear the brunt of it, recording more than two inches of rain. The heavy downpours led to sewer overflows or discharges at 26 other locations, according to the DEC, the most significant mishaps at North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, Grand Island, Cheektowaga into Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo, and Hamburg. The Niagara Falls Water Board issued a statement, Monday, which said in part “The NFWB continues to call attention to the need for major state and federal investment in capital infrastructure improvements at outdated wastewater treatment facilities across the Great Lakes watershed.” U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, in Lewiston on Monday, said Congress and President Trump are working on infrastructure legislation, “The infrastructure of our water supply here in Niagara Falls, and in Western New York is old, and we need a major infrastructure bill, and hopefully that is one area where the president and Congress can work together.” The water board contends the 40-year-old wastewater treatment plant is under capacity for the volume of storm water it takes in, and depends on a water filtering system that is outdated. Expensive improvements are needed, which the board said they cannot afford. Until those improvements are made, the statement went further, “NFWB has no way of controlling for color or turbidity with respect to the overflow water during a wet weather event.” Schumer said, in years past Congress and the president came up with effective ways of paying for infrastructure improvements, “the federal government would pay 75 percent, and we got cleaner water, better water, etc. Hopefully we can restore that if we do a major infrastructure bill, and this is just what an infrastructure bill is aimed at.” The DEC is monitoring the Niagara Falls Wastewater Plant, with staff stationed on site. State officials say those dark water discharges constitute a violation of water quality standards, which are unacceptable, and warned the water board enforcement action could lead to fines of up to $37,000 a day.
|Dunkin’ Donuts new strategy to spice up sales: Fewer donutsWIVB - Business / 11 d. 3 h. 3 min. ago more|
(CBS) – It may be time to make the doughnuts — just a lot fewer of them. Dunkin’ Donuts is testing out a “less is more” strategy in about 1,000 locations out of its 9,000 U.S. stores. The streamlined stores will sell a minimum of what it calls 18 “core donuts,” down from about 30 varieties. Dunkin’ Donuts said in a statement that, depending on how customers respond, it may pare down its selection nationwide. The revamped menu comes as parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) tries to take on Starbucks as a contender for consumers’ favorite coffee chain, which may explain a smaller emphasis on doughnuts. It’s also testing a Pasadena, California-based store bearing the shortened name “Dunkin,'” which omits any mention of doughnuts. The company has said it might roll out the new branding to more stores next year. Limiting doughnut options “will provide a more consistent experience from store to store, and in some cases will actually increase both the variety and quantity of donuts available to our guests,” Dunkin’ Donuts said in an emailed statement to CBS MoneyWatch. “We will assess the results of the test before making any determination about a possible national rollout.” A second “Dunkin'”-branded location is set to open in Quincy, Massachusetts in early 2018, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada president David Hoffman told the trade publication that cutting the variety of doughnuts would help give the stores the feel of a “boutique shop.” As it shifts toward a smaller doughnut lineup in some stores, Dunkin’ Donuts is putting more emphasis on its coffee. The company is trying to win over customers from Starbucks with its own pumpkin-flavored hot and iced coffees and lattes, as well as a maple pecan-flavored coffee and lattes. Perhaps not coincidentally, Starbucks debuted a maple pecan latte this fall. Yet introducing similar coffee flavors may not close the branding gap between Starbucks (SBUX) and Dunkin’ Donuts. Starbucks, for instance, is ranked as the 60th most valuable brand by brand consultancy Interbrand, which named it one of the top-growing brand in its annual study. The strength of its brand, valued at $8.7 billion, allows Starbucks to charge premium prices for its coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts may sell coffee of comparable quality, but its brand is based on convenience and speed, which could hamper its ability to raise prices with its audience. That may explain why it’s taking a boutique approach by slimming down its doughnut line and dropping “Donut” from its name, although the changes don’t come without risks, since loyal customers may not find the overhaul appealing.
|Want copies of your medical records? It will cost youWIVB - Business / 14 d. 23 h. 17 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lifetime Health Medical Group’s announcement this week they will be closing their three medical facilities in Erie County by December 31 raised a number questions among the group’s 43,000 patients, including how much it will cost to get copies of their medical records to share with their new doctors. The New York state health law allows medical providers to charge patients up 75 cents per page to provide their patients copies of their medical records, which did not set well with Paul Yacono, a patient of more than 10 years. “They are telling me I have to pay 75 cents a page. Well that could add up very quickly. You are talking 10 pages, that is $7.00. What if it is 100 pages? Now I’ve got to come up with this money.” But Lifetime Health officials are cutting their patients some slack with the cost of copying their medical files, according to spokeswoman Stacy Van Blarcom. “New York state law permits health care organizations to charge 75 cents a page for patients’ medical records, for copies of those medical records. Lifetime Health is providing the first two years at no charge.” That means Lifetime Health will provide copies of a patient’s medical records for the most recent two years on file, and any records past those two years will incur a 75 cent per page charge. Yacono still opposes charging patients for their own records, “Those are my medical records, is the way I look at it, not theirs, and if they are going out of business then I should have access to my records to give to my new doctor.” A spokesperson for the New York State Health Department clarified the cost of getting patient medical records from a health care provider to another: medical files are generally transmitted electronically between service providers, at no charge. Therefore when Lifetime Health’s patients find their new doctors, their records can be transferred at no cost to the patient. For more information on Lifetime Health Medical Group’s closing, click on this link to their website.
|National Fuel’s winter forecast: higher gas billsWIVB - Business / 15 d. 22 h. 55 min. ago more|
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – National Fuel customers could be paying substantially more to heat their homes this winter, about 27% more than last winter, according to National Fuel’s annual winter heating season forecast. The prediction takes into account two factors–the end of mild winters, in National Fuel’s service territory, covering Pennsylvania and Western New York, which has put less of a strain on our furnaces, and the commodity price of natural gas rising from historic lows, due to shrinking supplies. Karen Merkel, National Fuel’s Director of Corporate Communications calls it a case of good news, bad news, “The last two winters have been unseasonably warm. It is hard to think about winter right now when it is 80 degrees in October, but eventually the winter weather will roll back in.” For this year’s heating season, designated as the months of November through March, National Fuel is predicting a “normalized winter” will ring up an average gas bill of $588/month, which is about 27 percent higher than the actual $464 we paid last year, and more than 30 percent higher than the $381 we paid in actual heating costs two years ago. If that jump makes it hard for customers to make ends meet, Merkel suggests “budget billing”, and if the household budget is still too tight, National Fuel has a number of programs available to avoid a shutoff notice. “Everything from the federal government’s Home Energy Assistance Program, which opens every November, and continues generally through mid-March.” Renee Siepierski, of Catholic Charities said, even though the previous winters were mild for most of us, plenty of Western New Yorkers were still struggling to pay their bills, “We had a gentleman in yesterday that had not had his gas turned on since May.” Siepierski said the end of the heating season gives some of their clients a false sense of relief, “When the weather starts getting warmer, you have individuals that get behind on their bill and they figure because it is warm out, I can do without the gas. Now that it is starting to get cooler out at night, they are scrambling to try to get it turned on.” Catholic Charities coordinates National Fuel’s “Neighbor for Neighbor” program, which can provide gas company customers with up to $500 toward their unpaid bills, in addition to federal HEAP assistance. To qualify for Neighbor for Neighbor, recipients do have to meet income guidelines, and the government is expected to release the HEAP guidelines in a few weeks.
|Playboy name driven by Buffalo inspirationWIVB - Business / 22 d. 5 h. 20 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, NY – (WIVB) A Buffalo car company had a role to play in the gloried history of Hugh Hefner and the Playboy empire. Several biographical series and shows refer to the connection and quote Hefner as saying “The Playboy name was suggested by a friend whose mother had worked at the then defunct Playboy Motor Car Company.” That company was in Buffalo, New York and is reported to have only produced 97 vehicles and was in production from 1946 to 1951. Several have made the rounds to recent car shows like this one featured this Summer at the Buffalo History Museum. You can see one of the Playboy models in the Buffalo Transportation Museum. Ironically, Hef never owned a Playboy car. Check this link for incredible photos of the factory and even a Playboy featured in an Abbott and Costello movie.
|Niagara Falls development projects get boosts from grantsWIVB - Business / 23 d. 19 h. 35 min. ago more|
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)- Two economic development projects in Niagara Falls are getting a boost. A city agency is funneling $400,000 dollars in grants into investments along Third and Niagara Streets. “We’re a couple years behind Buffalo but we’re confident we’ll get there,” said Anthony Vilardo, the executive director of NFC Development Corporation, a non-profit city agency. Vilardo is tasked with stimulating the city’s economy. “We need to make sure our economy is diversified so we don’t fall into the same trap we fell into in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when heavy industry left, we didn’t have anything to back fill,” said Vilardo. The first grant is a $300,000 infusion for the Daredevil Water Park. The 40,000 square foot park will be built connected to the Sheraton on Third St., where there is now a roundabout for guests. “It gives people a reason to not only come to Niagara Falls but stay overnight in Niagara Falls, and if they stay for one night maybe they stay for two,” said Geoffrey Reeds, the vice president of sales and marketing for American Niagara Hospitality. He told News 4 the project will also create construction jobs and eventually about 40 full time positions at the park. The grant shows the city’s support and is a small but important piece of the $20 million dollar budget. “Everything helps,” said Reeds. Vilardo told News 4 the agency tries to give development projects extra security. “There tends to be a gap on some of these projects, they tend to be a little riskier, so we try to fill those gaps,’ said Vilardo. NFC Development Corp. has awarded a $100,000 Market-Rate Rehabilitation grant to spur growth on Niagara St. Savarino Companies and Buffalove Development are turning three vacant properties, 320-324 Niagara, into 10 market rate apartments. “We need apartments down here for people to go shop and walk and work,” said Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development. A Community Beer Works brewery will be included on the first floor. It’s the first brewery built in the city in a generation. Radle said they hope to break ground on the $3.4 million project as soon as possible. “We’re excited to make our mark on Niagara Falls and really bring creativity and thoughtfulness to this project as a whole,” she said. The grants aren’t paid out until the work is done. NFC Development Corp. told News 4 their grants are funded by the Seneca Niagara Casino revenue, which is currently up in the air. Vilardo said they have the funds to continue without it for now but he hopes the state and Seneca Nation come to an agreement .
|Buffalo’s veterans and homeless get a second HELP-ing of housingWIVB - Business / 23 d. 22 h. 41 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new multi-million dollar housing complex was unveiled Tuesday, providing new apartments for Buffalo’s homeless veterans, senior citizens, and low-income families, on Buffalo’s East Side. The new apartments were developed by national advocacy group, Help USA, and this particular project is called the Hickory Street Apartments at HELP Buffalo II, comprised of 47 units with one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, in a three building complex on Broadway. HELP Buffalo II is the second project of Help USA here, across Hickory Street, from their initial building, HELP Buffalo. Developers re-purposed an old pharmacy, and added on two buildings, equipped with new furniture, new appliances, heat, and especially refreshing Tuesday, air conditioning. The housing is subsidized, close to public transportation, and is wheelchair accessible. State agencies, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal, and the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance helped with the $14 million price tag. OTDA Commissioner Samuel Roberts credited local officials with helping the developer find a suitable location, “We are not always welcome, so it is great to make it happen and especially with what we are doing for the veterans, and the supportive services that go along with that. It is so important to add stability to their lives.” HCR Commissioner Ruthanne Visnauskas, called the Hickory Street Apartments an incredible project, “It is building on the roots and the bones of Buffalo by taking an existing building and then doing an addition. So sort of a forward-looking enlargement of the existing property to create 47 units for seniors and for veterans with services.” While HELP USA is the developer and owner of the Hickory Street Apartments, the Lt. Col Matt Urban Human Services Center is managing the 47-unit development, and providing essential counseling and guidance for the high-risk residents.
|Erie County braces for surge of bargain hunters at tax saleWIVB - Business / 24 d. 22 h. 36 min. ago more|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County officials are offering would-be homeowners a low-cost of way of buying into one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, Thursday morning, at the county’s annual Tax Foreclosure auction. The reality of tax foreclosure sales is that one person’s loss can be someone else’s gain, but county officials said there are a couple of bright spots for this week’s county auction of tax-foreclosed properties: a record number of homeowners are working out installment plans to pay the back taxes they owe and keep their homes. With investors from all over the world looking to take advantage of Buffalo’s relatively low real estate prices, proceeds from property sold on the auction block should bring should also surpass previous in rem sales. Joseph Maciejewski, Erie County’s Director of Real Property Tax Services said property tax sales also serve another purpose, “In some cases where they are vacant, we are going to take it, we are going to get it in the hands of good responsible investors who will repair the properties, put them back on the assessment rolls.” Real estate investor Christopher Williams has put hundreds of foreclosed properties back on the tax rolls, including a three-bedroom house he won in a bidding war at last year’s county auction. It was a neighborhood eyesore when it went on the auction block—thick vines covering up the front and porch–and Williams said it was just as bad on the inside. After cleaning up and repair the three-bedroom house, Chris has sold it, helping the new buyers get a piece of the American Dream, “From my understanding–I have never met them–but through their agent, I understand they are first time homebuyers. They got a really good deal on the house, it is really in good shape, and they are really excited to move in.” But Chris said, flipping the house was hard work, “There was just a lot of garbage, a lot of filth and it just needed a lot of restoration. We did some modernizing and updating, and made sure everything works, and we turned it around, and it turned out pretty nice.” Maciejewski said homeowners who are in danger of losing their property due to unpaid property taxes can work out payment plans and keep their homes off the auction block, and this year, he said more than 180 homeowners have already done that. “We have hardship cases. We have people that have lost their job, or have a sick family member, and we have 187 payment plans.” Erie County’s Tax Foreclosure auction is this Thursday morning, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Homeowners trying for a last minute reprieve can ask to work out a payment plan until Wednesday morning. Interested parties can review the list of tax delinquent properties available for sale, on this page at Erie County’s Office of Real Property Tax Services’ website.