Former WBEN radio owner Larry Levite dies

Larry Levite, the former owner of WBEN-AM and publisher of Buffalo Spree magazine, died Wednesday, April 26 on his 77th birthday. A graduate of the American Academy of Arts in New York City, Levite also attended the University at Buffalo Law School before entering the media world, first as a salesman and general manager of the former WYSL-AM and WPHD-FM. While at WPHD (now WEDG-FM), Levite helped bring the first album rock format to the Buffalo market. Levite also worked for WEBR-AM and its sister…

Sabres start search for new leadership as rebuild continues

Less than 24 hours after his stunning decision to relieve Buffalo Sabres’ General Manager Tim Murray and Coach Dan Bylsma from those jobs, owner Terry Pegula was ready to take responsibility for the team’s disappointing season and, at the same, said he wants to move forward. “Accountability starts with me,” Pegula said at the beginning of his 15-minute press conference Friday morning. “I am not happy with the season. There are no excuses. We expected more this season.” For Pegula, it…

Buffalo Bills will kick off 2017 season versus New York Jets

Besides its regular AFC East opponents, the Buffalo Bills will host four infrequent visitors to New Era Field during the upcoming National Football League season. Coming to the Bills’ home field this season are: the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints along with traditional AFC East rivals, the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Also coming to New Era Field is the Indianapolis Colts, who last played in Buffalo two years ago. Denver…

Buffalo’s economic development landscape continues to grow

Signs that Buffalo’s robust economic development landscape continues to grow remains evident with more than $40 million in new projects will be reviewed by city leaders in the coming weeks. Three of the four will be anchored by residential units and all are viewed as initial phases of potentially larger developments. The projects are: Ontario Specialty Contracting wants to renovate the former Buffalo Color Co. building at Lee and Elk streets into a complex anchored by the company’s corporate…

Downtown ‘preferred’ site for new Buffalo train station

After months of debate, the committee appointed to determine where the new Buffalo train station should be located has recommended a downtown site along Exchange Street. The 17-member panel held its final session Thursday morning, taking into consideration six criteria — including location, population, entertainment, operating efficiency, connectivity, and cost — for the downtown site and the Central Terminal, an East Side architectural landmark that has sat vacant for decades. Ten members…

Funeral mass set for Judge John Curtin

Funeral arrangements for former U.S. District Court Judge John Curtin have been finalized. A Mass of Christian Burial is set for noon, Saturday, April 22 at St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Curtin’s family will be present from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 21 at Amigone Funeral Home’s Delaware Avenue location at 1132 Delaware Avenue. Curtin, 95, one of the region’s most respected and longest tenured jurists died Friday, April 14 following a lengthy illness. “Judge…

Ontario Specialty Consulting move to Buffalo Color site would allow RiverWorks to expand

Long vacant, a portion of the former Buffalo Color Corp. property in South Buffalo may soon be brought to life. South Buffalo Development LLC, an affiliate of Ontario Specialty Contracting, is working with city leaders on renovating the two-story, 60,000-square-foot former Schoellkopf Ice House building at the corner of Elk and Lee streets. Plans call for turning it into a mixed use complex that may serve as the first of several developments on the 54-acre property in the shadow of the massive SolarCity…

Sabres GM: ‘Ticket-buying fans want the playoffs. That’s the mandate’

You don’t have to remind Tim Murray that the Buffalo Sabres haven’t made the playoffs in six years. Or that the Buffalo Bills haven’t been in the post season since the end of the 1999 season. The Buffalo Sabres’ general manager knows that. And he hears it almost daily — from fans, the media and various social media outlets. “The ticket-buying fans want the playoffs,” Murray said during a 30-minute 2016-17 wrapup Wednesday afternoon. “That’s the mandate. I understand (the fans)…

Inner Circle: Architects & Developers

With a deep collection of architectural landmarks, Western New York has amassed assets that can help on many fronts including economic development and growing the tourism base. But it is up to the region to take advantage of those assets. That was the consensus among the insiders who gathered at a Business First roundtable that focused on architectural and development issues. The roundtable was sponsored by Hodgson Russ law firm. “Architecture is a reflection of its time,” said architect/developer…

Bad weather strikes out Bisons’ home opener, Friday’s contest

The likelihood of rain, and possibly some snow, on Thursday and Friday has prompted the Buffalo Bisons to postpone their first two home games of the 2017 season. In place of opening day, which was set for Thursday, the Bisons will now present “Opening Weekend” at Coca-Cola Field with games against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch for Saturday’s new home opener is 1:05 p.m. A doubleheader, with a pair of seven inning games against the RailRiders, will…