ALBANY – Some state lawmakers privately grumbled when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his Buffalo Billion program five years ago, but they ended up giving the governor everything he wanted. It’s not 2012 any longer. Cuomo faces a bumpier ride getting approval for his second phase of the Buffalo Billion – $500 million for several projects. “Oh, there’s no …

Buffalo and the surrounding area have changed in many ways over the years. Every Wednesday, BN Chronicles shares a snapshot into the past. Here's a collection of some of the most memorable.

Outdoor winter activity, yoga and a Niagara Falls fishing exposition are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Community Health Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. The museum is partnering with…

Watch your step and drive carefully. With temperatures in the 20s this morning, roads are a bit slippery. A couple of accidents on the I-190 around the Grand Island bridges caused backups but both were cleared by 7 a .m. It'll warm up a tad during the day. Then look out for freezing rain tonight and into Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a …

LEWISTON - Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will present the keynote address Jan. 31 during Niagara University's annual celebration of her father's life and work. Bernice King is the CEO of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Her speech is set for 5 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara campus. "Dr. Ki…

If you thought your property taxes would be lower in 2017, opening your Erie County tax bill probably brought an unwelcome surprise. The county’s overall tax rate fell slightly for the third straight year, a fact county officials often mention. But almost two of every three cities and towns in the county have a higher county tax rate this year. So it is understand…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English-Canadian poet Robert W. Service, born on this date in 1874, “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” . . . Oh ... Christmas tree... How brown you grow ... Shedding your needles On my stocking’s toes ... I know we must soon part All that glitters must go, Back in the box silv…

A half-century after Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before a crowd of students in Kleinhans Music Hall, the same room echoed Sunday with the sounds of a diverse high school concert band. "During the time that Martin Luther King marched, ministered and tried to effect change in our nation, you would not have had an interracial band like we had there today," said Bryan Pu…

A Buffalo man who was pulled over for a traffic stop by City of Tonawanda Police early Saturday faces charges related to a gun allegedly found in the vehicle. Police said Joseph M. Cole, 35, of Hawley Street was stopped for speeding on Main Street in Tonawanda about 4:45 a.m. Police said a handgun was spotted in the rear seating area of the car, and a further check by o…

A West Valley man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Saturday night in Cattaraugus County. New York State Police pulled over Randall M. Thompson, 60, for a vehicle and traffic law violation at about 9:30 p.m. on State Route 16 in the Town of Farmersville. Troopers said they subsequently determined Thompson was under the influence of alcohol, and he was ta…

An Ontario woman was charged with driving while intoxicated on Saturday in the Town of Lancaster. State Police said Renee Obonna, 30, of Brampton, Ont., was observed crossing into oncoming traffic on Genesee Street. She was stopped and failed field sobriety tests, troopers said. Obonna was processed at the State Police station in Clarence and provided a breath sample…

Seneca Falls may be the birthplace of the women's suffrage movement, but the rural Finger Lakes village of 6,681 people has made other notable history. At the end of 2011, it became one of the biggest of more than 50 New York villages to dissolve since 1900. Four years later and 20 miles down the road, residents of Lyons, the county seat of Wayne County, found themse…

A Buffalo man stopped for speeding on Friday was charged with driving while intoxicated. State Police said Tirson Perez, 45, was stopped on Niagara Street and failed field sobriety tests. State Police said he was taken to the Clarence station and provided a breath sample of 0.14 percent blood alcohol content. Perez was released with a return date in Buffalo City Court. …

A Dollar General store on Buffalo's East Side was reported robbed on Saturday afternoon by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. Buffalo Police said two men entered the store, at 230 Holden Ave., south of East Amherst Street, about 1:20 p.m. One of the suspects displayed a silver handgun to two employees and demanded that they open the store's cash register dra…