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ALBANY – To listen to top state officials, Washington is poised to hammer the finances of New York State government. Notwithstanding President Trump’s decision to halt the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act, which had billions of dollars at stake for New York, other proposals in the Washington pipeline would reduce federal money for public education, and cut bl…

A conference to discuss a "spiritual solution" to the deadly opioid epidemic gripping the region and country is set for Tuesday at the Newman Center serving the University at Buffalo's North Campus. Organizers are urging local clergy to attend so that they can gain insights into how to help their congregations, including how to set up support groups. Rev. Jan Hubbard…

NIAGARA FALLS - Glenn G. Bartlett of Niagara Falls will be paid $500,000 to settle his lawsuit against the City of Niagara Falls. He was hurt two years ago in a crash between a police car and a pickup truck. The City Council approved the payout last week, after State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour ruled the police officer was entirely at fault. A trial woul…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man who fought his roommate over missing food faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Niagara County Court. The victim, Dennis McGuire, 52, was left with "significant brain trauma," Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Murphy scheduled sentencing May 16 for…

Thomas J. Hook, the Integer Holdings Corp. CEO who moved the former Greatbatch Ltd.'s headquarters from Clarence to Texas, has resigned as the medical products manufacturer's president and CEO. Hook's resignation after 11 years as Integer's CEO and 13 years after he joined the company caused the company's stock to tumble by 8 percent, or $3.40, to $37.30 per share, in m…

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week will target Rep. Chris Collins, a prominent supporter of both President Trump and the failed Republican health care bill, with the group's first web ad of the 2018 campaign season. Collins, R-Clarence, represents New York's 27th district, a reliably Republican stretch of suburbs and countryside be…

Two former Buffalo Athletic Club locations in the suburbs that had been acquired and then closed by L.A. Fitness have now been sold to Benderson Development Co. Benderson, through Undev LLC, paid $1.45 million to buy the two club buildings at 4687 Transit Rd. in Clarence and 1185 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst from Fitness International LLC. Both were formerly BAC locat…

As work continues to transform a former Niagara Street warehouse into the Crescendo Lofts, owner Angelo Natale is taking aim at his next redevelopment project – directly across the street. Natale Development, through 1485 Niagara LLC, paid $599,000 on Friday to acquire the former Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Company building from Bowmart Niagara LLC. Specific …

Year in and year out, they arrive by the hundreds, refugees hoping Buffalo will be their gateway to the American dream. Last year alone, the number of new arrivals rose to more than 1,800 across the region. This year, though, expect about half that number. Immigration advocates say President Trump's downsizing of the nation's resettlement program is almost certain…

Police are seeking the public's helping in locating a Buffalo woman last seen on the city's West Side on March 15. Alicia Rivas, 47, was last seen wearing a denim Nike jacket and blue skinny jeans. Police described her as having brown eyes and orange-reddish colored hair. A flier about her disappearance said she has a tattoo on her left shoulder blade that says "…

The people who shape Great Lakes policy are in town Tuesday and they want to hear from you. Do you fish Lake Ontario? Swim at Woodlawn Beach State Park? Boat out of the Small Boat Harbor, Sturgeon Point or Barcelona? Now's your chance to speak up. Restoring the Great Lakes' health and tackling new environmental challenges facing them will be discussed Tuesday at a…

Twenty-five architects have signed a letter backing the Central Terminal as the site for a new Buffalo train station. At a time when other cities go to great lengths to create a sense of "authenticity," Buffalo has the real thing with the Central Terminal and ought to capitalize on it, the architects said in their letter to the Buffalo train station site selection commi…

Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski went beyond city limits in his appointments for development director and city comptroller. Drew Shapiro of Amherst was named director of development, filling the vacancy created when Szymanski fired Fred K. Heinle earlier this month. Shapiro's appointment was effective Thursday. Carolyn Nicometo of Orchard Park, a certified public …

Construction of the proposed new Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside will officially kick off Wednesday when museum and state officials break ground at the new site in downtown Buffalo. The groundbreaking will take place at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Marine Drive and Lloyd Street, where the planned new four-story building will be located. Expected to…

Learn to cook healthy food, dine out for a good cause, and move with yoga or fitness classes with some of the 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 Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.…