ALBANY – Total spending on New York State Senate 60th District race between Republican Chris Jacobs and Democrat Amber Small cost nearly $2.8 million. The money came from the candidates, party committees and super PACs whose contributors have major business dealings in Albany. That is just below the $3 million spent in the same district race two years earlier, when th…

The fire in an apartment on the ninth floor apartment of the Sedita Apartments at Summer Street and Richmond Avenue early Wednesday afternoon caused $40,000 damage, Buffalo Fire Department officials reported Thursday. No injuries were reported in the fire that was called in about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Damage was listed at $20,000 to the building and $20,000 to contents. …

A fire that began near the front door of the house at 35 Hidden Pond Lane in Amherst Thursday night was quickly extinguished but caused $40,000 damage, according to Chief Paul Griebner of the Snyder Fire Department. The fire was called in about 7  p.m. Thursday and was out within about 15 minutes but the smoke caused prompted  the three adult occupants to contact thei…

Talk of Uber may be everywhere in the Buffalo region, but the ride-sharing service is still nowhere to be found upstate of the Big Apple, including in New York’s second most populous metro area. Howard Zemsky,  who leds the Empire State Development, drove home that point earlier this week at speaking engagement in the state capital, where he was almost late getting t…

NIAGARA FALLS – The new $43 million Niagara Falls Amtrak Train Station at 825 Depot Avenue West was met with cheers when it opened Tuesday after years of planning. There has always been a train station in the city, but having a new facility may prompt some locals to plan a getaway via train. So where can you go from here by train? Here's what Amtrak says: A…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, N.Y., 100 years ago today, “Pacemaker, crash, stroke. What does it mean? God doesn’t want me now. That’s all.” . . . TODAY’S CATCH – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, holds a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today featuring homemade salads and desserts. …

A fire that began near the front door of a house at 35 Hidden Pond Lane in Amherst Thursday night was put out but caused $40,000 damage, according to Chief Paul Griebner of the Snyder Fire Department. The fire was called in about 7:07 p.m. and was out within about 15 minutes, but heavy smoke caused by the fire forced its three adult occupants to seek temporary housing, …

NIAGARA FALLS – A Lockport man was arraigned Thursday in Niagara Falls City Court on a second-degree murder charge, related to the death of a man being identified by authorities as Daniel Sparks. Sparks' decomposed body was found Tuesday afternoon in overgrown bushes and debris off Mackenna Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. James W. Howard, 27, was ordered…

Orchard Park's Green Lake looks like just a puddle of water, but Thursday it began its journey back to becoming a lake. The 104-year-old lake was drained last year for dredging, but town officials closed the lake's lower dam gate Thursday so that it could begin filling with water. "It's up to Mother Nature and the Lord," Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem …

Frank B. Mesiah has seen lots of history during his 88 years in Buffalo – not all of it pretty. As he leaves the Buffalo NAACP helm after 20 years, he recites plenty of stories: racial epithets, neighborhood redlining against potential black homeowners, his fourth-grade daughter receiving telephone threats and a police department and school system none too interested in…

Here is the timetable for moving outpatient clinics and other patient services from the current Women & Children's Hospital on Bryant Street to the Oishei Children's Outpatient Center in the Conventus Building at 1001 Main St. January 3, 2017 Blood draw Craniofacial Center of WNY Electroencephalogram Neurology Dermatology Dental Ophthalmology …

An East Aurora family has donated $4 million, the largest ever one-time gift to SUNY Buffalo State College, to support the college's distinguished Art Conservation Department. The gift was made by Richard E. and Patricia H. Garman family. Richard Garman is the former president and CEO of Buffalo Crushed Stone and ABC Paving Co. Patricia Garman taught psychiatric nursin…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday revealed for the first time that he has spoken with federal prosecutors about the pay-to-play corruption case brought against several people with close ties to him. “I have talked to them about the case,’’ Cuomo told reporters after an economic development event Thursday afternoon in Albany. Cuomo said the discussion –…

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 to discuss proposed improvements on Route 20, from Amsdell to Lakeview roads in the Town of Hamburg. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Frontier Middle School, 2751 Amsdell Road, Hamburg.  The meeting will be conducted in an open forum fo…

RiverWorks partners Earl Ketry and Doug Swift plan to redesign and resubmit a proposal for a giant digital display sign on the side of their riverfront entertainment complex after the initial concept was rejected by the city Zoning Board of Appeals. Ketry and Swift last month sought a variance to allow a 90-foot by 80-foot digital sign on the concrete grain elevator com…