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Officer Patrick McDonald answered a complaint about loud music, joined in an impromptu street football game, and the video went viral.

Officer Patrick McDonald answered a complaint about loud music, joined in an impromptu street football game, and the video went viral.

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Demolition starts at long vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga Wed, Jul 26, 2017

The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor. Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and Frenc…

C. Bhargavi Rao, 92, teacher and professor, fostered husband's career Wed, Jul 26, 2017

April 28, 1925 – July 24, 2017 Her family in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, feared that C. Bhargavi Rao would never get married. The second oldest of seven children and the only daughter, she defied her parents’ wishes and …

Robert McCarthy: Cuomo feeling the ire of NYC transit riders

Some notes, news and observations on politics around here: • Polling numbers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped to their lowest point of the last year and a…

Douglas Turner: Turmoil enveloping the White House

WASHINGTON – To paraphrase English author Charles Dickens, we are on the brink of “the worst of times” in our national government. Dickens wrote abou…

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Tax preparer who used phony dependents gets two years in prison Wed, Jul 26, 2017

David Menzies made a living preparing tax returns. On the side, he also bought and sold information about phony dependents. Menzies, a 51-year old tax preparer from Floral Park, served hundreds of clients in Western New York and, over a five-year …

Demolition starts at long vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga Wed, Jul 26, 2017

The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor. Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and Frenc…

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Pop-up health event to offer safety, insurance advice Wed, Jul 26, 2017

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run…