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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz used his State of the County speech Wednesday to warn about the proposed spending cuts and policy changes in Washington while also promoting new initiatives he plans to roll out over the next few months. "We cannot afford to retreat into short-sighted mindsets that pit communities and peoples against each other, whether it is over…

ALBANY – Deals were tentatively struck Wednesday at the state Capitol to assist public and private students with rising college expenses, legalize ride-hailing upstate and enact the state’s largest-ever water infrastructure improvement program. The topics were among others nearing completion in state budget talks -- including raising to 18 years the age of adult cri…

WASHINGTON – President Trump wants to get a head start on the massive spending cuts he proposed for 2018 – and just like in that budget proposal, Trump's immediate funding reductions would be aimed in part at a host of programs that benefit Western New York. Great Lakes funding, community development aid and the transit program that returned cars to Main Street in d…

Mary Queen of Angels School, a Catholic school in Cheektowaga, will close at the end of the school year in June, the Diocese of Buffalo reported today. The decision was announced to teachers after classes ended this afternoon. Parents were notified at a meeting in the school this evening. "They could not have been more polite and understanding, and understandably sad…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is delivering his 2017 State of the County address at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Poloncarz will outline his priorities and initiatives for the year. This is his fifth State of the County address as county executive. You can watch live here:   http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/29/county-executive-fears-downtow…

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning at Elmwood Avenue and Virginia Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to Buffalo police. The man was running at about 8:10 a.m. on Virginia when the vehicle, which was traveling south on Elmwood Avenue, struck him. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old Buffalo man, was transported to Buffalo General for n…

A Lockport man is accused of inflicting a brain injury on his live-in girlfriend's 2-year-old son. John M. Moudy, 28, of Clinton Street, was picked up Tuesday on a warrant charging him with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of child endangerment. Moudy is accused of injuring the boy Oct. 27 with "blunt force trauma," Niagara County First Assistant Dis…

LOCKPORT – A man and a woman from Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to felonies Tuesday for a burglary at a Ferry Avenue home where the resident was struck with a tire iron. Christine M. Harbeson, 46, of Pierce Avenue, faces as long as seven years in prison after admitting to third-degree burglary. Christopher S. Beard, 44, of Niagara Avenue, could spend as much as four y…

A trio of developers specializing in affordable housing wants to undertake a signature project by turning a longtime East Side industrial property on Broadway into apartments. Stuart Alexander and Associates has partnered with Rhonda Ricks and SCG Development to propose a new residential community aimed at workers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and other area res…

Danny Wegman has stepped down as chief executive of Wegmans Food Markets as his daughter Colleen steps into the role of president and CEO. Danny Wegman, 70, will take the role of company chairman, the Gates-based company announced Wednesday. The move is part of the family-owned company's succession plan, he said. “The time has come to create a structure for the …

A suspect in the fatal shooting of an employee at the Anchor Bar pleaded guilty this week to charges in another case, the attempted strangulation of his girlfriend. Gregory Ramos, 25, pleaded guilty to the violent felony for an altercation on May 23. http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/23/anchor-bar-murder-suspect-convicted-federal-gun-drug-charges/ Ramos, who was arre…

A project to turn the city's Northland Corridor into a light-industrial and commercial hub took a step forward this week as a city agency awarded a design contract and agreed to take on nine more city-owned properties for the project. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the city agency that is managing the redevelopment of the Northland Corridor project, approved a $1.…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt took the first step in his defense against felony election law charges Wednesday by claiming prosecutors never allowed him to provide relevant testimony to an Albany County grand jury during his voluntary appearance on March 23. Ortt, the North Tonawanda Republican who was indicted on a charge of “filing a false instrument” in a case that h…