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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Trying To Recoup $2M In Health Benefits Paid For Dead Workers

BUFFALO, NY - When they tell you that retiring from a city job comes with permanent health benefits, in some cases they're not kidding.

A new audit conducted by Buffalo City Comptroller Andrew SanFilippo reveals that the city is mistakenly paying health benefits for more than 150 deceased former city employees.

The error has cost taxpayers about $2 million, most of it coming in the last two years, SanFilippo said.

"We can sit there and allow two million dollars to just walk out the door for no reason, and we have the ability to prevent it," SanFilippo said. "That's a big deal."

The city is now trying to get the money back.

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Stanley Cup in WNY Friday

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- For a few moments, the Hurricane Deck at the base of Niagara Falls was renamed the HurriKane -- with a "k" -- Deck as Buffalo-born Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup to western New York.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward posed for pictures Friday morning with his family on the wooden deck near the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. He was given the key to the city and posed for pictures with fans.

It was the first of four stops Kane planned with the trophy Friday. The others include a visit to a Buffalo cancer hospital and a construction site where ironworkers scrawled their support on a sixth-floor steel beam.

A party with Buffalo police and firefighters at the New Era Cap Co. is the final stop.

The 21-year-old Kane scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers. Players on the winning team take turns showing off the prize.

Paladino Campaign War Chest Listed at $150,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New campaign finance records show candidates in the Sept. 14 New York primary boosting their coffers with personal funds and transfers from other campaign accounts.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino reports that he loaned $300,000 to his campaign, received almost $83,000 in contributions, and had a balance of about $150,000 in the latest 32-day filing period. The Buffalo developer faces former congressman Rick Lazio in the GOP primary.

In the Democratic primary for attorney general, longtime Assemblyman Richard Brodsky reports transferring almost $967,000 from his Assembly campaign account, plus about $47,000 in contributions, with a balance of $1.5 million. He faces prosecutor Kathleen Rice, ex-Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo, state Sen. Eric Schneiderman and attorney Sean Coffey.

Their reports weren't immediately available Friday.

 

 

 

Buffalo Rotary Club August Meeting Open to Public

BUFFALO, NY- The Rotary Club of Buffalo is inviting the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, August 19 at 12:15 p.m.

WFD members will be in attendance at the meeting, along with Congressman Chris Lee.

Meetings are held at Templeton Landing (former Shanghai Red's).

The cost is $20, and includes a lunch buffet. For reservations, contact John McClive at 854-3397.

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Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

Buffalo Developer Mark Croce Was Asked to Open Restaurant For Canalside Project

BUFFALO, NY(WGRZ) -- Not too long ago, Mark Croce was asked by the head of the Canalside project whether he'd be interested in opening a new restaurant there.

Croce, who already has his hands full building a boutique hotel downtown, and bidding on the Statler Building, said it wouldn't make any sense for him if the new restaurant was simply going to take customers away from his existing places, which include the Chop House, D'Arcy McGee's, and Laughlin's downtown.

"We need something that's going to bring new people downtown, not just Buffalonians and shuffle them around," said Croce.

That something, Croce believes, is not a store whether it's Bass Pro, Ikea, or anyone else.

"My sense is a retailer is not going to be the driver of this district," said Croce.

Convention Center Getting New Digital Marquee

BUFFALO, NY - Construction workers are installing two state-of-the-art LED video screens at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The screens are part of a new digital marquee, and the project is part of a $7 million renovation project underway at the convention center.

The screens will be dark for another two weeks before testing begins. Once they're operational, the digital marquee will include information about upcoming events, and welcome messages for visitors.