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State Sen. Robert G. Ortt pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in an Albany courtroom 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 a grand jury indicted him and former Sen. George D. Maziarz as part of Schneiderman’s …

Ice chunks the size of cannon balls exploded from cone-shaped formations off of Point Gratiot in Dunkirk during last week’s Nor’easter. On both shores of Lake Ontario, icy hills or mountains spew plumes of sand, water, ice – and even fish. Moving pictures streamed to social media are capturing similar icy eruptions on Lake Superior. The Great Lakes’ ice vo…

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court -- and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination. "After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Suprem…

For well over 34 years, Lancaster Town Police have been trying to determine who killed 18-year-old James Adamski after a Halloween party. The vicious crime has been investigated repeatedly, without luck. Now, police are hoping a $10,000-plus reward will help them to find the answers that have eluded them for more than three decades. Town police and officials of the C…

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 …

The Seneca Nation of Indians is looking to make financial agreements directly with the three cities that host its casinos, President Todd Gates said Thursday. "Our obligation to the state ended," Gates said during a news conference on the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. "This will be something new." The Seneca leader contends that the Seneca's 2002 gamblin…

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 …