welcome to the neighboorhood!
East Aurora is a nice town..(home of Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters, as you probably know)
I have found western NY to be a very friendly area..
what kind of lab work are you looking for?
I dont know alot about the Buffalo area when it comes to lab jobs, but out here in Rochester we have a lot of research/lab jobs with the University of Rochester and Strong Hospital..
I know Rochester is a bit far from East Aurora, for commuting anyway, but I know a couple where the husband works in Buffalo, and the wife in Rochester!
they live half-way inbetween the 2 cities (Batavia) and each has a 30min drive to work, in opposite directions..thats always an option..
What kind of job are you looking for?