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Democrats ready to capitalize on the GOP’s health care debacle have the perfect opportunity to remind folks that government can work for people. There’s just one problem: First you have to make sure government works – especially the government that you run. In this bluest of states, the ongoing failures of both the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Cuomo admin…

Shawn Bell was having a glue crisis. His 10-year-old daughter, Genevieve, had requested Elmer's glue for a project she wanted to do during a sleepover. He drove around for nearly three hours, trying Target, Walmart and two Wegmans stores before going home emptyhanded. "I couldn't believe it," Bell said. "Why in the world would there be no glue in these stores?" …

A 55-year old man pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular assault stemming from a crash in Cheektowaga that paralyzed a driver who was heading home after watching the Buffalo Bills home opener in 2016. Kevin Reyome also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident before Supreme Court Judge Kenneth F. Case, said John J. Flynn, Erie County distr…

The Western New York Mountain Biking Association will make a rare appearance downtown this weekend – and it could save you a bundle on a bike. “The best stuff is always there early,” Joe Crumlish said of the club’s annual swap and sale, which will roll into a new site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; the dig, at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Cente…

A 29-year-old man from Georgia was accused of possessing drugs after he was pulled over in the 3500 block of Main Street in Amherst following an apparent traffic incident early Wednesday. Michael D. Rollins of Douglasville was charged at about 2:29 a.m. with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a quantity of a narcotic was allegedly found i…

MIDDLEPORT - As many as 34 residential properties in Middleport will be excavated this year in a continuing effort to remove arsenic-contaminated soil. The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that work will begin in May on parcels of land on Alfred Street and Freeman Avenue west of the Royalton-Hartland Central School campus, and on South …

The Buffalo man injured in a high-speed chase with police Wednesday was involved in a high-speed chase last year. Antonio A. Gutierrez, 20, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the February 2016 chase and was sentenced in September to 60 days in jail. Wednesday afternoon's chase ended with Gutierrez's car going airborne, flipping over and striking a school bus in th…

The month of March will go out like a lion -- a very wet lion. A complex storm system is forecast to bring up to 2 inches of rainfall to parts of the Buffalo Niagara region. The precipitation was forecast to move into the Buffalo Niagara region by mid-afternoon today. It came on schedule. But when it did arrive, it came in the form of snow. "Precipitation fall…

Organizers are seeking participants for a "fishbowl" Saturday at East High School to explore the "crisis in black education" and the community's responsibility in educating youth. The goal is to come up with solutions to one key educational issue that community members have the power to solve. The fishbowl involves participants sitting in concentric circles with th…

Taxes in the Village of Hamburg will go up less than 1 percent under the 2017-18 budget approved by the Village Board. For the average home assessed at $85,000, that's an increase of $15.30 in property taxes. The new tax rate is $20.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The budget includes no raises for elected officials, including the mayor, Village Board and village…

Barely 48 hours until showtime, young ice skaters twist and twirl through their routines Wednesday afternoon in the Northtown Center at Amherst. Their parents beam from seats on the players' bench, and wipe away tears when asked how it feels to see their son or daughter exuding such confidence on the ice. Morgan Faulring, 22, was not expected to walk, let alone skate…

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents a concert by pianist Jason Kwak, a professor of piano at Texas State University School of Music, on April 9. Selections for the concert titled "ASO - 71st A Hollywood Ending" will include Rhapsody in Blue, Rodeo, Suite from "Star Wars," and music by composers Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and John Williams. Born in Seoul, Sout…

Catching that train to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus may soon have a silver lining, depending on where you live. Those who commute to the Medical Campus and are looking to hop the Metro Rail, but live a good distance from it, may get some help to get to the train and back home so they don't have to drive and search for parking. The non-profit organization that c…

Sean M. Vickers' conviction  for sodomy and criminal sexual acts against minors has been reversed by an Appellate Court that objected to changes made in the charges before the case went to a jury. One conviction, sexual abuse in the first degree, was allowed to stand. Vickers, 47, was found guilty in Genesee County in 2014 of sexually abusing five boys and sentenced to…