Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had shared the story before. In a “State of the State” speech last week at the University at Buffalo, a speech in which the governor promised another $500 million in state investment in Western New York, Cuomo spoke of the late Tim Russert as “the first person who used to bring me out to Buffalo.” That was in the early 1980s, Cuomo said, whe…

ALBANY – The top Republican in state government says New York stands poised to benefit from President-elect Donald Trump's ascendancy to the White House. “President-elect Trump is actually a born and bred New Yorker, and that’s something we should be focusing on,’’ said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican who is in Washington with ot…

The Buffalo Niagara job market finished last year with a flourish. The region added jobs at a 1.3 percent annual pace during December – just slightly below the national growth rate – as a surge at local hotels and restaurants, combined with solid gains in holiday hiring at stores, offset continued job cuts at local factories, the state Labor Department said Thursda…

LOCKPORT - A man who shot his mother's then-boyfriend last summer in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a promise of a 9-year state prison sentence. Jason A. Pryor Jr., 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, risked up to 25 years behind bars if he had been convicted of the attempted murder charge listed in the original indictment. He accepted a plea of…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man accepted a plea offer Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred during a robbery almost a year ago. Donald Dolson, 23, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he would sentence Dolson to no more than four years in prison when he returns t…

NIAGARA FALLS - A man involved in a hit-and-run crash with a parked car left his damaged vehicle on the sidewalk and took a taxi home before police arrived on scene, according to a city police report. Niagara Falls police responded to the 400 block of 27th Street at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a black Jeep Patriot on the sidewalk with heavy front-end damage…

Flu season is starting to peak in Western New York, although its activity here lags behind other regions of the state. That’s likely to change over the next few weeks, so get ready for more complaints of coughing, sneezing and fever. How much flu is out there? Public health authorities can’t count every case. Instead, they track the spread and level of sickness …

A New York City firm that plans to redevelop the Pierce-Arrow administration building in North Buffalo into apartments wants tax breaks from the county to get the $29 million project done. Read Property Group and previous owner Joseph Hecht want to renovate the 190,000-square-foot complex on Elmwood Avenue. The project includes the historic administration building, a…

NIAGARA FALLS - A three-vehicle crash that closed part of the Interstate-190 Wednesday afternoon has led to driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession charges against a Grand Island man. Justin C. Rebon, 41,  made an unsafe lane change and collided with a tractor-trailer when he was merging from the LaSalle Expressway ramp onto the I-190 at about 12:05 p.m., S…

Timothy Wisniewski’s cottage on Ellicott Creek was a party house for Wisniewski’s nearly grown children and their friends. No matter what their age, they could drink, smoke pot and even live there sometimes, according to testimony at Wisniewski’s trial in November. That acceptance of illegal behavior at 121 Young Street in the city of Tonawanda helped convict W…

    April, 28, 1926 – Jan. 16, 2017 Like many World War II veterans, Kevin M. Cray was proud of his service but rarely talked much about it. After he was hospitalized last month in the hospice facility at Buffalo’s Veterans Administration Hospital, the Navy veteran sat down with one of his grandsons, Brian Cray, for a tape-recorded discussion …

Registration for The Ride For Roswell is now open. Those of all ages and cycling experience are invited to choose a “route to a cure” by signing up to ride or volunteer at RideForRoswell.org. This year’s ride, presented by West Herr Automotive Group, will take place June 24 and feature 12 routes ranging from 3 to 102 miles. Two new options: A leisurely 14-mile …

UNYTS, citing a need for donors, is urging residents to give blood for area hospitals because of increased demand. The organization is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, and hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties, according to UNYTS. O negative and platelet donors are especially needed, an official reported. Pot…

The controversial Start-Up NY economic development program that granted lucrative tax breaks to businesses but created relatively few jobs would get a makeover under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget proposal. The revamp is an about-face by the Cuomo administration for a program that it had hoped would become a magnet for early-stage businesses by offering them the potent…

A Monroe County man who crashed into a guardrail on the Thruway in Hamburg on Wednesday night faces charges of driving while intoxicated and possessing concentrated cannabis, the State Police said. Troopers responded to a one-car crash near the Hamburg/East Aurora/Route 75 exit at about 8:38 p.m. The driver, Matthew M. Fogarty, 25, of Pittsford, was found to be intoxica…