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WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday threatened to sue to stop a congressional proposal that would free New York's counties from having to pay a share of the state's Medicaid costs. “I believe it is unconstitutional and we're seriously considering a lawsuit on behalf of the people of the state of New York to prove what a scam and a fraud this delegation is try…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…

Buffalo police and firefighters are investigating a possible methamphetamine lab on the city's West Side. The area around 359 Potomac Ave., at the corner of Hoyt Street, has a large presence of emergency responders. The Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office stressed the existence of a meth lab has not been confirmed. At 6:49 a.m., a fire official reported over departm…

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation’s decision this week to stop paying the state more than $100 million a year in casino revenue sharing caught leaders in Albany completely off guard. But on the Seneca territories, more than 300 miles away, tribal officials have known for months that this day was coming. Seneca officials did not raise a grievance with the state in 2013 w…

The Antebellum-era red-brick buildings at 68 and 72 Sycamore St. moved a step closer to landmark status after the Buffalo Preservation Board unanimously voted Thursday that the pre-Civil War dwellings be given that designation. During the public hearing portion of the meeting, architectural historian Martin Wachadlo was one of two people arguing the buildings are worth…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet, textile designer and political activist William Morris, born on this date in 1834, “The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.” . . . O SAY CAN YOU SEE – Start warming up your vocal cords. The Buffalo Bisons are holding their annual National Anthem auditions fr…

A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle Thursday in the 3300 block of Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, according to U-Crest Fire Department, which was called to the scene of the accident. A supervisor for American Medical Response said the ambulance service transported an individual from the scene to Erie County Medical Center.

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to drug charges. Julio Cesar Sanchez, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, officials said. In March 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency exe…

Erie County Medical Center will get its money for a new emergency department and other upgrades. But supporters of the $100 million-plus borrowing deal first had to overcome a series of last-minute, head-spinning maneuvers and a flurry of amendments on the floor of the Erie County Legislature that tied up lawyers, required repeated intervention by the chairman, and prom…

Zoos help protect wildlife from manOn the March 15 News opinion page, two articles drew my attention. A letter in Everybody’s Column related that zoos are detrimental to the well-being of animals (they belong in the wild), while an op-ed by Kathleen Parker noted the House voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and “denn…

For the more than quarter century that George D. Maziarz reigned supreme over Niagara County Republican politics, paying for elections never posed a problem for his brimming campaign treasury. Indeed, during the two years now scrutinized by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state senator from Newfane regularly checked in with around three-quarters …

Erie County is losing population – but that’s happening across the state. More people are moving out than moving in here, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2016 estimate reverses a growth trend in Erie County and in New York State, where population dropped for the first time in a decade. “People are moving away from the state,” said Peter Borsella, …

Buffalo Bills players will be on Erie County-owned land when they tackle, throw, catch and run on a new practice field. Erie County lawmakers on Thursday voted 10-1 to take ownership of the three acres next to the Bills' existing practice facilities. Last week, a few legislators questioned whether Erie County should take title to the land. The Bills bought the proper…

A 70-year-old Amherst man was charged with aggravated drunken driving after a hit-and-run incident in Amherst late Wednesday night. Vincent S. Tracy was charged after Amherst police found his car crashed into a tree in the first block of Oakgrove Drive about 10:50 a.m. Tracy was charged with both aggravated driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree criminal possessio…