ALBANY –Gov. Andrew Cuomo flew around the state last week delivering six State of the State messages. But the governor will not make public his new budget - the details of last week's speeches -  until 7:30 tonight. Previous governors usually rolled out their  annual fiscal plans in the morning, giving the public, reporters, lawmakers and watchdog groups a full d…

There's a new kitten at the Buffalo Zoo. And it needs a name. A male ocelot kitten was born Nov. 17, the Zoo announced Tuesday. The public may vote for one of four names, with the winning name being announced Sunday morning when the kitten makes his public debut. Votes should be cast by connecting with the zoo's social media accounts. The name choices: Javiar, Ni…

While serving as an adult chaperone on an overnight trip, Daniel Huzinec took sexually explicit photos of a 16-year old boy. On another ocassion, the Boy Scout volunteer from South Buffalo posed as a girl in order to receive sexually explicit photos emailed  from another underage boy. Huzinec, 25, who also worked with young people as an employee of Child and Family…

The search for an assault suspect in Alden has caused Alden schools to cancel afternoon buses on Tuesday. Students will remain in school until signed out by a parent or guardian, Alden Central Schools announced. The Erie County Sheriff's Office asked the public earlier in the afternoon to stay away from the area of Broadway and Townline Road as the search continued. …

State police charged a Batavia man with aggravated driving while intoxicated Sunday night in Newstead. A state trooper pulled over Adam L. Rumley for speeding at about 10:22 p.m. on the mainline Thruway. Rumley, 26, was transported to the Batavia barracks where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, according to the St…

A driver with a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated faces a felony DWI charge after State police pulled him over Sunday night. Troopers charged Joseph R. Monthony Jr., of Hamburg, after a traffic stop at about 8:30 p.m. on the mainline Thruway in West Seneca, the State Police said. Monthony, 37, was arrested and taken to the agency's Buffalo barracks, w…

The St. Gerard church and rectory on Buffalo's East Side will soon have a new owner, as long as a State Supreme Court justice does not object. The buildings – which have been owned by St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church Society of Buffalo – would stay in place at the corner of Bailey and East Delavan avenues. The buildings would be sold for $120,000 in cash to…

Depew residents face a soggy voting day as they determine the fate of their historic village. Expect high temperatures nearing 45 degrees through the afternoon, but it will feel like the high 30s. Showers will continue throughout the day with light winds at 12 mph. [High turnout expected as Depew votes on dissolution] Still, turnout is expected to be heavy among the …

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers had a strong finish in December to an otherwise down year at local factories. The region's manufacturers finished 2016 with four straight months of growth, including the biggest increase in 18 months during December, after struggling for most of the year, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. "We had an overall strong month to…

The presentation looks more like C-SPAN than “Law & Order,” but even without the added dramatics, the recently launched webcast from the appellate court in Rochester is sure to be a hit in certain circles. Those circles include law students and fans of the intricacies of the judicial system, along with parties involved in the appeals, plus their attorneys and pe…

When power was knocked out in the City of Tonawanda last spring, a decades-old emergency generator failed to fully restore power to City Hall and the police department dispatch center there. City Council President Jenna Koch noted that the generator dates back to the day when City Hall opened in 1959. She said this is part of the reason why the cost to install a new gen…

A private plane that flew from Genesee County crashed Monday in Michigan, injuring the pilot, according to multiple media reports. The crash happened at the Livingston County Airport in Howell, Mich., just before noon, according to aviation-safety.net. The Cessna 525C apparently skidded off the runway as it tried to land. https://twitter.com/camillefox2news/status/8…

LOCKPORT - Brookfield Renewable, which owns a small hydroelectric plant beside the Erie Canal locks in Lockport, presented the city with a $1,500 grant Monday to help pay for new signs to explain the workings of the original canal locks, which are being restored as a tourist attraction. David R. Kinyon, president of the city's Locks Heritage Development Corp., said …

Demeris Petty, 20, was arrested on a weapons charge late Friday night after a confrontation with another man and then with police on the first block of Niagara Street, Buffalo police reported. Officers saw Petty push another man to the ground and walk away about 11:30 p.m. clutching a bulge in his right jacket pocket. Petty was repeatedly told to stop, according to a…

A garage fire at a fence business on Transit Road in Clarence caused an estimated $200,000 in damage overnight, authorities said. The blaze at Picket Fence & Exteriors, 6695 Transit, was reported at about 1:36 a.m. by an Amherst police officer on patrol who saw smoke coming from a storage garage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Firefighters found fire inside a…