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ALBANY – Fifty-three percent of registered voters who responded to a new poll said they are prepared to re-elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a third term in 2018. Cuomo's favorability rating among New Yorkers also climbed to its highest level since 2014, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning by Siena College. The re-elect numbers for Cuomo are up from his …

Next month will mark 13 years without a new contract for principals and administrators in Buffalo Public Schools. And they still don't seem any closer to reaching an agreement with the district. Members of the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators,  which represents more than 250 principals and building and central office administrators, rallied last wee…

A longtime officer will receive a promotion and a new officer will be sworn in by the City of Tonawanda Police Department on Tuesday at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St. Acting Detective Matthew Burke, an officer in the department since 1997, will be sworn in as a full-time detective. Eric Foels will join the 28-member force and be sworn in as a new officer. &n…

Street pavers may be coming soon to a road near you. The City of Buffalo’s annual paving reconstruction project kicked off this week. Crews are scheduled to pave more than 75 residential streets this season. About $7.5 million is earmarked this year for paving all across the city. First phase of the work begins this week, starting with Pansy Place from Florida Street…

Casey Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District has a new principal. Peter Dobmeier, assistant principal at Casey for the last 6½ years, takes over in July from Francis McGreevy, who is retiring after 18 years in the the district. The School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dobmeier to the $112,000-a-year post overseeing one of the dis…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will take a bout tour of Buffalo's waterfront this morning, according to the governor's office. The tour is slated to leave leave from Canalside at about 10 a.m. More information to come. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/24/facing-someone-else-cuomo-win-third-term-election-held-today/

A fire Wednesday morning in a vacant house on Northampton Street spread to two neighboring homes, displacing five adults, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m., according to fire department radio transmissions. It started at 218 Northampton and spread to 214 and 224 Northampton, according to fire department radio transmiss…

It’s getting easier to find a seat on Metro Rail these days following a significant drop in ridership. And in a classic case of bad timing, the drop-off occurs just as transit planners are asking the federal government to extend the system to Amherst. Lower gas prices, higher employment rates, working at home trends and construction delays are contributing to a 6.1…

WASHINGTON – The committee charged with electing more Democrats to the House this week once again named Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, as one of its top targets. And on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate emerged to oppose Reed. Rick Gallant, a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area, announced that he will challenge Reed next year in New York's 23rd Congr…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from Nobel Prize winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, born on this date in 1941, “Take care of all your memories ... for you cannot relive them.” . . . FLOWER POWER – The Kenmore Lions Club will kick off its Carnations for Sight campaign from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Budwey’s Market, 535 Division St., North Tonawanda. Donation is $1 per car…

Buffalo police reported that a man was struck in the leg by gunfire just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the first block of Richlawn Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood. Additional details, including the identity, age and condition of the victim, were unavailable.  

The body of a teenage girl that was brought Sunday to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk was positively identified Tuesday as one of two girls reported missing from an Auburn youth facility since May 15. Auburn police Tuesday issued a statement acknowledging that they had confirmed the dead girl's identity with the Dunkirk Police Department which, official…

A lake shore flood watch for Thursday was issued Tuesday night by the National Weather Service for properties along Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. The watch is in effect from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. The alert from the NWS office in Buffalo said that the combination of high lake levels, moderate northeast winds and high waves could cause floodi…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police were called to the scene of two separate shootings and a stabbing Tuesday, all of which occurred within a span of three hours and involved groups of people fighting. Four people who were injured in the three incidents wound up at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment, though none of their injuries were considered …

SILVER CREEK  – A Gowanda woman was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, with non-life-threatening injuries after a rollover accident on Route 39 in the Town of Hanover about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported. Syrena L. Neamon, 30, told deputies she swerved to avoid an animal in the road. She was charged with third-degree aggr…