LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A new day is dawning at Lackawanna's historic Bethlehem Steel site.
A train engine broke through a banner on Wednesday, officially marking the site's re-birth. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy helped announce the completion of the $4.4 million rail relocation project at the old plant.
The project removed and relocated about two-miles of rail track, and opened up some 300 acres of land for new development.
Officials at Wednesday's announcement say it creates a more efficient network of transportation. And they say there is no other site like this in the Northeast United States.
Sen. Tim Kennedy said, "Our proximity to Canada, our proximity to the highway system, our proximity to the airport, and the water and now the rail, make this a perfect destination for businesses all over the globe to relocate."
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz added, "This place can be the hub and home for the re-birth of local manufacturing. This site is available now, and open for business."
Officials there say it's bringing new hope to the area. The Bethlehem Steel site, which first opened in 1899, has been vacant for some 30-years now.
Multiple passengers on a NFTA Metro bus were taken off in stretchers after the bus collided with a car at Bailey and Wecker in Buffalo.
CSX is working to get train cars back on the track after they flipped over Tuesday morning.
State Police say a Buffalo man had a BAC four times the legal limit when he was stopped in the Town of Alden for having a headlight out.
Cold and breezy with snow increasing in coverage into the overnight hours.
A woman told officers she thought she hit a curb, not a car. She failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.
The state would subsidize the costs, so taxpayers wouldn't see increases. The second year of a freeze would include provisions to force local action and cuts to yield permanent tax relief.