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State Sen. Robert G. Ortt pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in an Albany court room Thursday after his Wednesday indictment on election law violations by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The North Tonawanda Republican appeared in Albany County Court, one day after an Albany County grand jury indicted him and former Sen. George D. Maziarz as part of S…

Walsh Duffield Wellness Team Leader Marie Story has been named as one of the Wellness Council of America’s Top 50 Health Promotion Professionals. Story is one of three wellness coordinators on staff at Walsh Duffield, a Buffalo-based insurance agency that focuses on selling business insurance and employee benefits, as well as personal insurance. Those named in the …

Interested in the latest on cancer research, screening and treatment options? Roswell Park Cancer Institute wants you to tune into a series of new podcasts featuring talks from experts about research, treatment, survivorship and prevention. The podcasts available on Roswell Park's website are geared toward to patients and their families. Content is shared from the …

Zipping around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and downtown streets on two wheels is about to get easier. The Reddy Bikeshare rental station will soon return to Buffalo's streets with more bikes and a new station on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. There will be 35 stations with 200 bikes throughout the city, possibly with a few different locations from last…

A Dunkirk man who was convicted on drug and weapon possession charges was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 8 years and 1 month in prison. David Jesus Pagan, 40, was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pagan and co-defendant Rafael Burgos were the…

Good news, Orchard Park Central students: The School Board has saved the April break. But because the school district called more snow days than it had allotted this  year, there are a few tweaks to the schedule. The district put three snow/emergency closing days into this year's calendar, but school was closed four days for snow and emergencies, and South Davis Ele…

It's almost spring kitten season, and the Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption group is gearing up. The club will hold its longest running fundraiser, Furball, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 at the Knights of Columbus’ Banquet Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Founder and President Marie Edwards said Furball is an event in which the shelter and its supporters “spring into ac…

The North Tonawanda School Board is considering cutting six teachers and an administrator and raising taxes by 1.48 percent after it rejected creating a 3 percent utility tax to balance its budget. The utility tax on cellphone bills and gas and electric bills for residents and businesses in the North Tonawanda zip code had been discussed by the board for the past few m…

At least one name will be on the ballot for May's election of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education, with petitions due in less than four weeks. Susan McClary, a retired Sweet Home teacher and current assistant to Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, has submitted petitions to run, District Clerk Mitzie Serafin said. The school board election will …

A man arrested Monday by West Seneca police in connection with a string of burglaries in that town has also caught the notice of Orchard Park police. Danny N. Butcher, 55, was arrested as the result of anonymous tip within 24 hours of West Seneca police posting his photo on Facebook and Twitter. In a collaborative effort, detectives from both police agencies met rece…

Programs that serve the Williamsville Central School District's "most vulnerable students" would be at risk if the district loses any of its $4 million in federal aid, officials said this week. The Trump administration proposes cutting $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, the Washington Post reported last week. That could mean …

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sounds as if he is in a panic over the bill House Republicans plan to vote on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare. And to hear health professionals and policy wonks in the state tell it, he has plenty of reason to panic. The bill would force billions of dollars of additional annual costs onto the state. Thanks to an amendment …