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WASHINGTON – Gay Republicans celebrated Donald Trump’s inauguration last weekend with a party featuring a keynote address by Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican with an anti-gay voting record who vowed that the new president will be a friend to the LGBT community. “What I can tell you about Donald Trump – there is not a bone in his body that is discriminat…

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of a 20-year-old driver who was killed in a two-car collision Sunday in the Town of Kendall. Rebekah M. Hoak of Holley was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 1:53 p.m. at the intersection of Route 18 and Norway Road.  Fog may have been a factor in the collision, according to t…

Erie County Water Authority crews Monday were working on repairing two water main breaks, one in Hamburg and the other in Orchard Park. Sean Dwyer, a spokesman for the authority, described them as minor and said both occurred about 4 p.m. It was anticipated that repairs to both water main breaks would be completed before 8 p.m. One was located at Stonehendge and Ston…

The former North Park Library and the Crosby complex buildings, which city lawmakers last year ruled don't deserve historic landmark status, will get reconsideration now that a State Supreme Court judge ruled the Common Council's first review was flawed. This time, regardless of whether supporting or rejecting landmark status, the Council must offer a written explanatio…

NIAGARA FALLS - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state's efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working. In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to "step up to the plate" in Niagara Falls, carrying ou…

Baker Hall School at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna was locked down Monday morning after a student tried to bring a handgun through the school's metal detectors, according to a spokesman for the school. Students were held in their classrooms during the incident. School staff called in Lackawanna police who arrested the student, said Baker Victory Services spokesma…

Collins must be afraid to face his constituentsIt appears that Rep. Chris Collins is afraid of his own constituents. When was the last time he had an open meeting in front of us? I’m not talking about one of his telephone meetings where questions are carefully screened, or invitation-only events for his supporters. I’m talking about appearing in front of his constituen…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is meeting with The Buffalo News editorial board this afternoon, following an appearance in Niagara Falls. In his meeting with the editorial board, Cuomo reiterated many of the points in his State of the State address: a cap on prescription drug prices, legalizing ride-hailing in upstate New York, $70 million in funding for the "I Love NY" tourism camp…

Local pet owners now may take their beloved cremated pets with them to their graves, at least in Forest Lawn and its three suburban cemeteries. And that means more than the obvious dogs and cats. Forest Lawn soon will become home to the cremated remains of birds and fish, rabbits and turtles, gerbils and hamsters and other pets, President Joseph P. Dispenza expects. …

The University at Buffalo’s new medical school building is beginning to show its terra cotta look. Four thousand terra cotta panels are making a visible statement on the University at Buffalo’s new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. “A lot of it is going up, and on Main Street, it…

Christopher McCullen arrived in Erie County Court on Monday morning having just completed a sentence for a previous larceny conviction. He was looking for some assurance from the judge that he would get some credit in the new sentences for time already served on his previous conviction. Judge Sheila A. DiTullio assured him of one thing: “This court always runs a ju…

Nearly 74 years to the day since he joined the Army to fight in World War II, Howard Tobin of Cheektowaga on Monday received military honors from the United States and French governments. Tobin, now 93, was presented with five U.S. medals as well as the French Legion of Honor Medal during a ceremony in Cheektowaga Town Hall. Tobin served in the 551st Anti-Aircraf…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget would result in tax and fee hikes of as much as $4.5 billion if fully implemented in the next couple of years, Senate Republican officials said Monday morning. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said Cuomo’s 2017 fiscal plan alone would hike motor vehicle fees by $250 million this year. The fee hikes were not discuss…

Seven clinics opened in the new Oishei Children's Outpatient Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus this month. If you're headed there, where do you park? Your best option for parking is an underground ramp in the Conventus building, which houses the outpatient center and is located at 1001 Main St. Entrance for the underground parking is at High Street near …

Roll back the calendar. The March-like weather the Buffalo Niagara region has enjoyed over the last week to 10 days will turn decidedly wintry again this week. It starts tonight. A large Nor'easter that will batter the East Coast with high winds, rain, sleet and heavy snow will land a glancing blow on the eastern half of Western New York later today and overnight,…