Amherst

Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier

As local Muslims conclude of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the area's most important mosques is celebrating completion of a major addition to its facility in Amherst.

Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors are invited to a unique event in Amherst Thursday that will honor two important parts of Ramadan: the fast and charitable giving.

Amherst Police

With the restirement of Amherst Police Chief John Askey, the Town Board Monday evening is expected to approve appointing Det. Capt. Scott Chamberlin as his successor. 

Amherst Police

Across New York, governments sponsoring police agencies -- hundreds of them -- are completing and sending off to Albany their mandated police reform and reorganization plans. They are due by April 1.

Some plans are hundreds of pages long. The next stage is the implementation.

Mensch Capital Partners

Amherst took another step toward a vast Central Park Monday evening, with unanimous approval by the Town Board of terms for a deal with the owner of what was Westwood Country Club.

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Similar to older adults and people with underlying medical conditions, pregnant people face a greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than the general public. This week on “The Toll,” WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports the story of an Amherst woman who contracted COVID-19 during her last week of pregnancy earlier this summer.


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The vacant lot at Kenmore Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard on the Amherst-Buffalo line has a new owner, but the same old fight over what should be on the piece of property marked by large concrete blocks and two new benches continues.

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The Erie County District Attorney has charged two men in what prosecutors say was a hate crime that began with weeks of harassment that escalated to an arson attack last December.

Amherst Town Board

The Amherst Town Board has cleared the way for the first step on what will be a long road for Amherst Central Park.

A shooting on Buffalo's East Side early Sunday morning left two people wounded.

With the cost of the coronavirus crisis hitting local governments, they are pleading with Washington to put some cash into the various stimulus bills to help them continue to operate.

City of Buffalo

You have limited advance knowledge of how much money you will get from Washington or Albany, you don't know what your sales tax will be and you don't know what your Medicaid costs will be because there is a pandemic roiling the world. Now, running a local government, town or county.

Tony Walker & Co.

An Amherst retail fashion outlet has suddenly closed its doors.

Erie County Water Authority

Former Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones has resigned his post as one of three commissioners of the Erie County Water Authority.

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There was a big turnout at Monday evening's Amherst Town Board meeting over a major dispute to turn a golf course into a cemetery.

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For decades, golfers using the Audubon golf course in Amherst have been walking across bodies quietly buried by the University at Buffalo on what was once university property. That is going to change, with the property turned into a cemetery for crematory ashes.

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What happens when police pull over a driver, and the driver can’t hear them? What happens when a deaf person needs to report a crime? Those are questions the Town of Amherst Police Department hopes will soon be easier to answer. 

 

Officers will start using video remote sign language interpreters next week to better communicate with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. 

 


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An Amherst Police vehicle was involved in a serious car accident just before midnight on Friday.

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Rob's Comedy Playhouse was packed Tuesday night for a comedy show. It was a sold-out house for the comic Louis CK. The comedian is attempting to restore his career after a series of indiscretions halted his career during the #MeToo movement.

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Plans for an extension of the Metro Rail into Amherst are moving along, but Citizens for Regional Transit don't want to stop there. Public transportation advocates say this is just the beginning.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is planning to open a satellite service location in Amherst.

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Major funding for the proposed expansion of Metro Rail was not part of Governor Cuomo's State of the State address. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, planning for the $1.2 billion project remains on track.


Swormville Fire Department

A former captain of the Swormville Fire Department has been sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge  for embezzling from the fire company.

The death of an Amherst funeral director in November has been ruled a suicide.

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A chorus in Amherst is putting on rock concerts multiple times a year as part of a nationally growing group. Rock Voices currently has choirs ranging from Vermont to Oregon and offers people who both can and can't read music the chance to sing. A Buffalo chapter of Rock Voices started earlier last year.

An Amherst teenager has been arraigned in Amherst Town Court on a felony count of aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

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Billionaire John Catsimatidis stood in the snow of the vacant lot located at Kenmore Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard Tuesday, saying he still wants to put a gas station and a mini-mart on the site, but Amherst officials want to build a park instead.

Daemen College

Daemen College and Amherst are working toward an ambitious goal of planting 1 million new trees in the town over the next five years.

It is good to be an incumbent in Cheektowaga, where all of them, including Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, were returned to office.

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Funding for body-worn cameras has been delivered to some local police departments.

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