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Car fire, accident shut down outbound 33


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Police shut down the outbound Kensington Expressway (Route 33) for a short time early Saturday morning following a car fire.

Buffalo firefighters responded to the fire near the Grider Street exit around 4:15 a.m. When crews got there, the car was already engulfed in flames.

Police don't know if someone set fire to the car or if the fire was caused by a crash. They did say the driver fled the scene.

No injuries were reported.

There was also a separate single-car accident about a mile away, near Fillmore Avenue. A car hit the snowy embankment next to the off-ramp. Buffalo Police didn't provide any details on that crash.


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Climb Aboard Buffalo's E.M. Cotter


BUFFALO, NY - The brutal winter has set the crew of a very important boat behind schedule here in Buffalo.

The Edward M. Cotter fireboat was finally able to get out on the water to start smashing up the ice on Friday, and 2 On Your Side's Nate Benson was along for the ride.


Ted Morton still hospitalized in ICU


BUFFALO, NY - We have an update on an Erie County Legislator who was hospitalized last week. Ted Morton's family tells 2 On Your Side he's in the Intensive Care Unit at Sister's Hospital.

Morton was on a ventilator but he's now breathing on his own. His family thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers they've received.

The Republican is serving his first term in the legislature and represents voters in Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden.

Morton also works as a financial planner.


Windows being installed at new Delaware Court building


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Windows are being installed at one of downtown Buffalo's newest office buildings.

Glass panels are being put into place at 250 Delaware Avenue, right on the corner of Delaware on Chippewa Street.

The building is scheduled to open later this year, and will house the headquarters for Delaware North, local Key Bank offices, a Westin Hotel and upscale dining and retail.


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Pegula S&E plans to leave One Seneca Tower


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Pegula Sports and Entertainment is planning a move to a new location.

The company is negotiating to move its offices from One Seneca Tower to the soon-to-be renovated Fairmont Creamery Building on Scott Street. The Fairmont building is owner by Carl Paladino's Ellicott Development Company.

Pegula Sports and Entertainment is one of the few remaining tenants at the former HSBC Tower. Should the company leave, Buffalo's tallest building would be almost completely empty.


Hearing held for waterfront condo project


BUFFALO, N.Y.- A second public meeting was held Tuesday night about a plan to build several condos and townhouses along Buffalo's waterfront.

Ciminelli Real Estate is proposing buying a 2.5 acre parcel of land from Buffalo to build a 30 unit condo and townhouse project. The land is located along Lakefront Boulevard at the Erie Basin Marina.

Residents of the nearby Waterfront Village were able to give their opinion of the plan during the meeting.

"We're going to take the input from today's meeting and go back to start to develop drawings around what we think and with the input of the community what they think," Dennis Penman of Ciminelli Real Estate said.

Ciminelli will begin drawing up the project and holding more community meetings, before eventually going to the Buffalo City Council for a vote on the final plans.


The parade must go on


BUFFALO, NY - Some people may be wondering if all those piles of snow and the intense cold so far this winter will have an effect on the much-anticipated St. Patrick's Day Parade in Buffalo.

On Sunday, the United Irish American Association, which runs the parade, set those fears to rest. Despite the weather concerns, it appears everything is still flashing a green light (naturally) for the parade from Niagara Square to North Street on the afternoon of Sunday, March 15.

John Morrison of the Association said at one of their periodic planning meetings held Sunday, "As you remember, last year we had a storm just prior to the parade and the city was wonderful. Buffalonians are tough, they come out for the parade, and the city did a wonderful job of cleaning it up. So we anticipate moving forward this year just like every other year,."