ALBANY – Some state lawmakers privately grumbled when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his Buffalo Billion program five years ago, but they ended up giving the governor everything he wanted. It’s not 2012 any longer. Cuomo faces a bumpier ride getting approval for his second phase of the Buffalo Billion – $500 million for several projects. “Oh, there’s no …

The Tonawanda Rails to Trails had a successful grand opening this summer, but town officials are already moving forward on the next step – a $330,000 enhancement project that will provide better access to the 3.9 mile trail from 12 intersections along it. The town plans to seek major funding for the project from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The proposed T…

A retired Buffalo firefighter was arrested over the weekend, accused of violating an order of protection obtained after a domestic assault last December at a McKinley Parkway residence. Anthony Serafini, 54, was charged with criminal contempt by police in the incident that occurred at 7:45 a.m. Saturday when he refused to leave the residence on McKinley and became invol…

ALBANY – Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is getting into New York’s ride-hailing debate, urging his fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to require companies like Uber and Lyft to make a portion of their fleet accessible to people in wheelchairs. Harkin, one of the main authors of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, said transportation gains disabled people…

Buffalo and the surrounding area have changed in many ways over the years. Every Wednesday, BN Chronicles shares a snapshot into the past. Here's a collection of some of the most memorable.

Outdoor winter activity, yoga and a Niagara Falls fishing exposition are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Community Health Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. The museum is partnering with…

Watch your step and drive carefully. With temperatures in the 20s this morning, roads are a bit slippery. A couple of accidents on the I-190 around the Grand Island bridges caused backups but both were cleared by 7 a .m. It'll warm up a tad during the day. Then look out for freezing rain tonight and into Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a …

LEWISTON - Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will present the keynote address Jan. 31 during Niagara University's annual celebration of her father's life and work. Bernice King is the CEO of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Her speech is set for 5 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara campus. "Dr. Ki…

If you thought your property taxes would be lower in 2017, opening your Erie County tax bill probably brought an unwelcome surprise. The county’s overall tax rate fell slightly for the third straight year, a fact county officials often mention. But almost two of every three cities and towns in the county have a higher county tax rate this year. So it is understand…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English-Canadian poet Robert W. Service, born on this date in 1874, “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” . . . Oh ... Christmas tree... How brown you grow ... Shedding your needles On my stocking’s toes ... I know we must soon part All that glitters must go, Back in the box silv…

A half-century after Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before a crowd of students in Kleinhans Music Hall, the same room echoed Sunday with the sounds of a diverse high school concert band. "During the time that Martin Luther King marched, ministered and tried to effect change in our nation, you would not have had an interracial band like we had there today," said Bryan Pu…

A Buffalo man who was pulled over for a traffic stop by City of Tonawanda Police early Saturday faces charges related to a gun allegedly found in the vehicle. Police said Joseph M. Cole, 35, of Hawley Street was stopped for speeding on Main Street in Tonawanda about 4:45 a.m. Police said a handgun was spotted in the rear seating area of the car, and a further check by o…