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Ray Brown was returning from a fare to Niagara Falls Saturday morning when he found himself turning into Buffalo’s Broderick Park. He got out of his mini-van cab and slowly walked to the makeshift memorial springing up on the park’s edge, just above the rushing waters of the Niagara River. He snapped a photo on his cell phone, and then he stood quietly for just a mo…

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Just before the trial of former state Sen. George D. Maziarz was set to begin last month, his attorneys learned of internal state Board of Elections emails questioning whether he committed any crime at all. Now, Joseph M. LaTona, of Buffalo, and E. Stewart Jones, of Troy, are moving to dismiss the three-count indictment against the former Niagara County Republican power…

What do you get when you combine the county comptroller’s audits with the sheriff’s power of arrest? Six apprehensions occurred Thursday stemming from Erie County Family Court warrants for failing to pay thousands of dollars in child support.  The arrests were announced during a news conference Friday at the Sheriff’s Office. The arrests were part of a 15th an…

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The  Metro Rail expansion into the former DL&W terminal appears back on track after Congress last week restored money that the Trump administration had canceled for a federal grant initiative. Now Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins are starting a process they hope will produce a key transportation and commercial center in the old Delaware, Lackawanna an…

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The candidate debates that Ted Lina’s AP students sponsor and host at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute have ranked as one of the premier campaign events each year for more than three decades. Candidates for Congress, county executive, mayor and other offices answered questions in a packed gymnasium that routinely draws a crowd of local reporters and often proves a …

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A few leftovers from an event-filled week: • Vice President Pence’s swing through Erie County on Tuesday accomplished much for local Republicans. Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP causes raked in about $400,000 from more than 200 people attending his Salvatore’s Italian Gardens fundraiser featuring the VP. And, Collins continues as the Trump administration’s…

Less than two weeks after Vice President Pence appeared in Buffalo, second lady Karen Pence will arrive in town to  address veterans at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the University at Buffalo North Campus on Oct. 28. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs Western New York Healthcare System will sponsor the 1 p.m. event, which will feature addresses by …

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Sean B. Bunny doesn’t seemed fazed by any of Chris Collins' advantages as an incumbent congressman. Not the appearance of Vice President Pence here this week to raise $400,000 for Collins and other Republicans in Buffalo. Not the flashing lights motorcade that whisked Collins and the vice president around Erie County. Not a healthy Collins campaign fund, nor eve…

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As Air Force Two departed Buffalo Niagara International Airport shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, those familiar with Vice President Pence’s daylong visit to Erie County seemed thrilled. More than 200 people waited to meet him upon his arrival, one of the largest airport crowds he has encountered, one source said. Pence called a Lancaster session one of the best event…

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It all began in Buffalo. The brashness, the swagger, the overwhelming drive to make something of himself. Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood film mogul now cast as a sexual predator, traces the roots of his show business dominance to his arrival at the University of Buffalo campus in the fall of 1969. It didn’t take long for the kid from Flushing, Queens, to make h…

Peace Bridge traffic will reduce to two lanes once again beginning Monday until May 15 to allow for resumption of the $100 million rehabilitation project on the international span. “This lane closure, like last year’s, is not expected to significantly impact traffic flow as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency will be staffing ins…

Columns

Perhaps as much as he excelled in telling the stories of Buffalo’s poor and downtrodden, the late columnist Ray Hill of The Buffalo News appreciated compelling courtroom drama. “Olympians,” he called two noted legal giants no longer with us – John H. Stenger and Victor T. Fuzak – in a 1984 column detailing their 20-year (yes, 20 years) battle over Erie County’…

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The Erie County Board of Elections will offer extended hours for absentee voting through Monday, Nov. 6. Voting will be available in Room 230 of the Rath County Office Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24; Thursday, Oct. 26; Tuesday, Oct. 31; and Thursday, Nov. 2. The board also will accommodate absentee voting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rath Buildin…

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County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz says he’s devoting time, effort and money to all Democratic candidates this year in an effort to wrest control of the County Legislature from Republicans. But several observers note that if there is one seat Poloncarz covets, one he longs to snare even as a long shot, it’s the one held by Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo of West S…