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Add mayoral candidate and city Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's name to the list of Buffalo officials who favor locating a new train station at the Central Terminal, a list that also includes Council President Darius G. Pridgen and Fillmore Council Member David A. Franczyk – and the rest of the Council, as well. And cost estimates released at a public meeting…

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…

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 …

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…

A construction crew Thursday found the body of a man inside a house that was being demolished on the first block of Hirschbeck Street, Buffalo police reported. The construction crew found the body about 1:30 p.m. in the house that had been damaged in a recent fire. Police investigators have not yet made an identification. Police said an autopsy will be conducted b…

The man accused of being the getaway driver in the slaying at the Anchor Bar last year was convicted in federal court this week on unrelated drug and weapons charges. A jury found Gregory “Prospect” Ramos, 25, of Buffalo guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a …

A plan to create a more self-contained power grid on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that would enable it to better maintain operations during blackouts moved forward Thursday when the state awarded nearly $1 million in funding to the project. The Medical Campus plan was one of 11 projects statewide to win funding from a state-sponsored program to encourage the devel…

WASHINGTON – The Buffalo Billion became the latest political football Thursday in the Cuomo administration's battle with congressional Republicans over their proposal to shift county Medicaid costs to the state. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul lashed out at Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, over comments he made referencing the Buffalo Billion on a public radio show in New York Cit…

The procession of top Niagara County Republicans into an Albany courtroom continued Thursday afternoon as former state Sen. George D. Maziarz pleaded not guilty to three felony violations of election law. Maziarz, who followed the morning appearance and not guilty plea of Sen. Robert G. Ortt in a related case, offered no comment after his appearance in Albany County Cou…

Buffalo Niagara employers are on a hiring spree to start 2017. The region added 7,000 jobs during February, buoyed by a flurry of hiring at local financial services firms, health and social services companies and temporary help agencies, the state Labor Department said Thursday. The February hiring spurt, which added jobs at a 1.3 percent annual pace, followed a stro…