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By Maki Becker » Thursday, January 23, 2014

Efforts to save farmland and open space across Erie County were detailed in a story that ran Tuesday in The Buffalo News. But for a better picture of the development pressure facing some of these suburban towns here is a… Read more

By Maki Becker » Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The formula for building better suburbs isn’t a mystery. Just look at East Aurora or the Village of Hamburg or the Village of Williamsville – concentrated suburban pockets offering stores, shops and restaurants within walking distance from the surrounding neighborhoods…. Read more

By Maki Becker » Thursday, December 5, 2013

We’ll close the book on the 2013 elections in Amherst now that the Erie County Board of Elections signed off on the final vote tallies this week. Of course, there were no surprises after Board of Elections recanvassed the close… Read more

By Maki Becker » Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Everyone’s getting into the spirit of Friday’s Class A state championship game between Williamsville North and Queensbury at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Assemblyman Ray Walter, R-Williamsville, has made a friendly wager with his state counterpart, Dan Stec, R-Queensbury: If… Read more

By Maki Becker » Friday, November 22, 2013

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and its neighbors continue to clash. The latest issue involves Thanksgiving. Sacred Heart – the all-girls school located at 3860 Main St. – requested a special meeting of the Amherst Planning Board next week…. Read more

By Maki Becker » Thursday, November 21, 2013

Construction on the controversial Hyatt Place Hotel on Main Street is moving forward again, despite an upcoming court decision that could change the outcome of this ongoing saga over a six-story hotel. A temporary restraining order allowing only limited clearing… Read more

By Maki Becker » Sunday, September 15, 2013

As today’s story about suburban elections notes, there’s a lot that could happen in Amherst in November. Here are some possible — if unlikely — scenarios: — A 4-1 Republican majority with a Republican supervisor — A 4-1 Republican majority… Read more

By Maki Becker » Friday, September 6, 2013

Check out today’s story about the race for Amherst Town Justice, which is heating up. Then take a look at Monday’s meeting agenda of the Town Board. Up for discussion are elected officials’ salaries, settlement money from the State Insurance… Read more

By Maki Becker » Thursday, August 29, 2013

Williamsville is bullish on its historic buildings — so much so that it will add a few dozen more to its list. Stop down to Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, at 6 p.m. if you want to get a sneak… Read more

By Maki Becker » Thursday, August 29, 2013

People either love it or despise it. We’re talking about the new Wyndham Garden hotel that opened yesterday in Amherst. Reactions on The News’ Facebook page to Samantha Maziarz Christmann’s story in today’s paper were strong and polarized, like these:… Read more
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