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Attorneys have finished questioning Carl P. Paladino, the last witness to testify in the hearing to determine if he can keep his seat on the Buffalo School Board. Both sides will return Wednesday to deliver their closing arguments in the case. It will then be up to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to decide if he can keep his elected position. Paladino's t…

WASHINGTON – Lake Ontario land owners stood by helpless as rising waters wrecked their property this spring, but strong voices rose to their defense in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday. Officials from Western New York and the House members who represent them met with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, with both short …

ALBANY – Carl P. Paladino said that, if he could, he would take back the inflammatory comments he made about President Barack Obama and his wife that cast him in the national spotlight. "I sincerely regret my words," Paladino said. "I regret thinking them and saying them." “I regret the shame I brought on myself and my kids,” Paladino added. “It wasn’t a go…

WASHINGTON – Depending on how you measure it, Rep. Chris Collins is somewhere between $5 million poorer and $44 million poorer after the stock he touted to colleagues and Buffalo's elite collapsed in value in Australia early Tuesday morning while America slept. And that multi-million dollar loss might be the least of his worries. Collins said Tuesday he didn't sell…

NYSEG has reported that over 2,000 customers have lost power in Orchard Park and West Seneca. In Orchard Park, nearly 1,500 customers are without power; in West Seneca, over 500 customers are without power. The estimated restoration time is 9:30 p.m.

A 15-year-old bicyclist suffered serious injuries Tuesday after he was struck by a motor vehicle on Route 20 in Pomfret between Brocton and Fredonia. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies, who responded to the accident at 1:24 p.m., reported that the 15-year-old boy from Brocton was traveling east on Route 20 when he entered the same lane of travel as motorist Nicholas D…

ALBANY – Three felony corruption counts against state Sen. Robert Ortt were dropped by a state judge Tuesday just three months after the case was brought against the Republican senator from North Tonawanda by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Albany County Judge Peter Lynch tossed the case against Ortt, saying there was “no valid line of reasoning and permissib…

"Internal dissension" between Ross M. Cellino Jr. and his longtime law partner Stephen E. Barnes prompted Cellino to ask for dissolution of their law firm, according to a document released Tuesday. According to Cellino, the two men have been battling for a long time about at least 16 different issues, including clients that the law firm takes from other attorneys, expan…

Canterbury Woods has completed a $2.3 million renovation and expansion of its Amherst campus that includes a refurbished swimming pool, a fitness center and an environmentally friendly green roof. The senior community, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, unveiled its new suburban wellness and fitness center this week – the latest physical expansio…

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in locating Anna Belle Niles, 23, of Lockport who was last seen June 2 in Niagara Falls. Niles was described as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. Sheriff's officials asked anyone with information to call 438-3393 or Inv. Amanda Irons at 438-…

William R. Hall will retire as chief of the North Tonawanda Police Department in July. Hall has been a member of the department for over 30 years. He previously served as chief of detectives for 11 years and stepped into the role of chief in 2013, succeeding Police Chief Randy Szukala. No interim chief has been announced. The selection of a new chief will be made aft…

William Fichtner could see the set already. "We'll put a light there, and a camera," he said Tuesday, pointing to corners around the central hall of the Buffalo History Museum. The museum, along with locations in East Aurora and elsewhere in Buffalo, will become the sets where the Cheektowaga-raised actor will film his directorial debut, "Cold Brook." Filming here st…

The University at Buffalo team of math students have advanced to the next round of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," the NBC obstacle course show that features teams persevering through a series of physically grueling and often muddy challenges. The UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island; Zoe Herrick of Rochester; and Trevor Bernard of Long Isl…

Pleas from advocates asking to eliminate the Grand Island bridges' tolls or install a high-speed cashless tolling system had gone unanswered by Albany officials. But after Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray posted a video on social media called "Dear Governor Cuomo," Cuomo's staff contacted him almost immediately to talk about the tolls. He feels he got results.…

Prosecutors say they have evidence the Canadian tractor-trailer driver involved in last week's fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster removed the victim's hair from the front of the grill of his rig. As a result, Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec faces a new charge of evidence tampering, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said Tuesday. Flynn declined to elabo…

City of Tonawanda police charged a man with arson in connection with a June 16 garage fire on Broad Street, authorities said Tuesday. John E. Smith Jr., 46, who lives in a Broad Street apartment in front of the garage set ablaze, was charged with fourth-degree arson, criminal reckless endangerment of property and reckless endangerment, police said. The fire happened …