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An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators Wednesday – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations, as part of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, both with deep roots as North Tonawanda Republicans, are scheduled to be a…

A newly formed group – WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal – has attracted 3,100 Facebook followers in less than a month and just reached its first goal: To garner 1,000 signatures on an online petition calling for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to "tear down the tolls." The next goal will be to raise that to 10,000 signatures, which co-chairman Brian R. Michel sa…

If government can’t even get the little things right, why should we trust it with the big things? That’s the question municipalities should ask themselves when figuring out how to respond to a watchdog group’s report that gives failing grades to 14 out of 16 local governments on that most basic of tasks: letting the public know what they are doing in its name. …

The first sign of trouble came only about two weeks after the registered sex offender was admitted into Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center last November. Thomas Moore, 62, put his hand on a resident’s thigh in the dining room on Dec. 9, according to a state report. When staff confronted Moore, he denied doing anything wrong with the woman, a dementia pati…

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation of Indians is ending all casino payments to the state government effective next week, setting up a confrontation with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The decision stops the flow of more than $110 million a year to Albany, a portion of which then goes to host casino communities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca. The Senecas say they are abidin…

Andrew A. Turner, 21, of the Town of Lancaster, was arrested on drug charges after his car was pulled over by Amherst police for possible traffic infractions early Wednesday morning. After Turner was stopped in the 1000 block of Chestnut Ridge Road about 3 a.m., officers said they found quantities of a drug and marijuana in his vehicle. Turner was charged with seventh-d…

Isabella Miller-Jenkins' journey into the national spotlight began with a car ride to Buffalo when she was 7. It also began with a high-profile, same-sex custody battle and a conspiracy to help her biological mother flee the country with her. Seven years later, the conspiracy and that initial car ride are sending Virginia businessman Philip Zodhiates to prison for …

UBMD Physicians’ Group is starting to move into the Conventus building downtown, centralizing in one location more than 100 doctors from the big medical group on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. UBMD, which formed in 2005, is the umbrella organization for 18 separate medical specialty practices whose more than 500 doctors are affiliated with the Jacobs School of Me…

The former Linde Air Manufacturing complex on Chandler Street is set to become an incubator for companies that are part of the Start-Up NY tax incentive program. The $10.6 million project by developer Rocco Termini will convert the building, which was built in the early 1900s and has been vacant for 14 years, into incubator space that initially will house four start-up …

The $24 million Curtiss Hotel is getting an addition $466,000 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to reflect the rising cost of converting the Franklin Street site into a 67-room upscale boutique hotel. The cost of the hotel project has jumped by more than $6 million since the IDA initially approved $575,000 in sales tax breaks for the ho…

A scaled-back redevelopment plan for the former Trico Building – one without the Buffalo Culinary School originally expected to be a key tenant for the project – will receive nearly $310,000 less in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The agency on Wednesday revised its incentive package for the $80 million project to reflect the changes…

Moog Inc. is getting $3.6 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for a $32.6 million expansion project that is expected to create 42 new jobs at the motion control equipment maker's Elma campus. Moog, one of the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest employers with 2,500 workers locally, plans to build a 95,000-square-foot addition to its air…

The wife of the Sinclairville man who escaped police custody in Chautauqua County earlier this month has been charged with helping him avoid capture. Kelsey A. Raynor, 30, cut off her husband's handcuffs, hid him and otherwise assisted him in avoiding law enforcement, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. She faces charges of third-degree hindering …

Fire damaged a home in the East Delavan-Bailey neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon. The blaze at 354 Roslyn St., which was reported at about 1 p.m., caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to assist the home's residents.