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It’s time to elect candidates who truly embrace changeIn these post-primary days, please take a little time to educate yourself before the November election. Erie County has 44 municipal governments, 30 school districts, 103 fire/EMS companies and countless other taxing authorities just on the local level. This equals inefficient service delivery, needless duplication an…

East Aurora native Austin Osmanski was one of four players returned to their junior teams, the Sabres announced Wednesday afternoon. Osmanski, a 6-foot-4 defenseman, will be returning for his third season with the Mississaugua Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. Also returned to junior were forwards Vasily Glotov (Shawinigan-Quebec League) and Brandon Hagel (Red De…

ALBANY — Indictments against six defendants in the Buffalo Billion case have been amended, for the second time, after defense lawyers sought to get the corruption case dismissed. The previously amended indictment against the six individuals is being changed “to provide further clarification of the government’s theory in its case,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Joon K…

As always, LeSean McCoy refused to make any excuses. He said it's not a matter of blocking schemes, or teams taking advantage of the Bills' marginal wide receivers. McCoy has seen eight-man fronts before. The running game wasn't good enough last week in Carolina, and they all need to be better. "The problem with this league is a lot of players don't take accountability,…

Nearly nine months later, Johan Larsson was finally able to play in a hockey game Tuesday night. It might have been your run-of-the-mill preseason game to most everybody else on the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins, but it certainly wasn't that way for Larsson. The 25-year-old Swede's season ended with a thud last year on New Year's Eve, when he crashed into the boards du…

In today's edition of the Daily Drive Podcast, Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester from Buffalo Sports Page, talk about LeSean McCoy providing levity and reality to the Bills 1-1 start. RUNDOWN o:00 Getting over tough losses 3:30 LeSean McCoy providing a dose of reality 8:00 Coming up a good game plan 10:45 2 Minute Drill--Marcell Hurt Again.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor spoke to the media following Bills practice Wednesday. Here's what he said: https://youtu.be/3Ta6oJ529eQ http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/20/hes-hell-player-shady-says-qb-tyrod-taylor-shouldnt-benched/

Universal prekindergarten spots are still available in the Amherst Central Schools' program for the 2017-18 school year, district officials said. Pre-K is provided at Amherst Community Church Child Care Center, 77 Washington Highway; Amherst Nursery School, 350 Saratoga Road; and Windermere Elementary School, 291 Windermere Blvd. Transportation is available only to th…

Newly acquired defenseman Marco Scandella sat out practice for the second time during training camp on Wednesday but the message from new coach Phil Housley was clear: There's no concern about the Buffalo Sabres' prime offseason acquisition, who scrimmaged fully on Tuesday. "Just another maintenance day. He had a really good day yesterday and we're just being cautious l…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council did not pass a local law on Tuesday that would have allowed the city to override the state's 2 percent cap on a tax levy increase. "For a city like ours, to stay under the 2 percent tax cap requires some drastic cuts in services," said Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp. "This budget is all salaries and benefits." The city has had to over…

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to North Java in Wyoming County on Wednesday to announce his push for federal funding for farm safety programs. President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposed a 40 percent cut in funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Schumer said that could mean less money for the Northeast Center for Oc…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined the Democratic governors of California and Washington Wednesday to harshly criticize the Trump administration on climate change policies. Pulling out of the 2015 Paris environmental accord has helped make the Trump administration “the most ignorant” ever on climate change, Cuomo said in a Manhattan appearance with California Go…

The Independent Bankers Association of New York State will hold its annual conference Sept. 25 to 27 in Niagara Falls. The group, which advocates for independent community banks, will hold the event at the Conference and Event Center. About 160 people are expected to attend. The scheduled speakers include Jose Gonzalez, the president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan…

Planet Earth is round. It can be defined as an oblate spheroid, since its rotation causes it to be slightly wider at the equator, but if you shrunk our planet down it would be as round and as smooth as billiard ball, even though its peaks and valleys seem massive from our vantage point. But despite this universally accepted, undeniable and easily provable scientific f…