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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 …

One lane of the westbound Thruway in Lackawanna will remain closed for "emergency pavement repairs" at least through the evening commute, the State Police said Wednesday. The right lane of the Interstate-90 between the Lackawanna toll barrier and Exit 56 (Blasdell/Route 179/Milestrip Road) may be closed through 6 a.m. Thursday, police said. Authorities expect seriou…

They could hear Skippy barking, but couldn't see the lost dog. Witnesses reported hearing a dog barking Monday afternoon halfway down the steep, heavily wooded wall of the Letchworth State Park gorge, according to state park police. Two days earlier, Skippy, a 6-year-old Hound-Border Collie mix,  had been reported missing in the park. The dog was trapped in Hogsback…

Moog Inc. will invest $53 million in Elma and Niagara County and create 200 new jobs, Empire State Development president Howard Zemsky said Wednesday during a visit to Buffalo with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The motion control equipment maker previously disclosed plans to invest $32.6 million in an expansion of its Elma campus that was expected to create 42 jobs. The Erie …

Buffalo police charged a woman with stabbing a man Wednesday morning while both were inside a vehicle near Kensington and Northumberland avenues. Jeanette Gadley, 27, of Buffalo, faces several charges, including assault, weapons possession and menacing, a Buffalo police spokesman said in an email. The 41-year-old Buffalo man was stabbed at about 3 a.m. He was tak…

Niagara County authorities want the public's help finding a 12-year-old reported missing from Lockport on Tuesday. Tamiyah Penn is a black female who stands 5-foot-2 and weighs about 130 pounds, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. She has black hair and brown eyes. The Sheriff's Office asks anyone who may have information about her whereabouts to call d…

The campaign for a new playground planned by the Boys and Girls Club of Elma, Marilla and Wales got a jump-start from another Southtowns organization. The Butterfly Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the new $175,000 playground. The foundation, a nonprofit organization celebrating the life of Katie Durkin, just completed funding and coordinating the new Butterfly Athleti…

The first chance for the public to watch Lockport's new replica canal boat go through the 19th-century Erie Canal locks comes Saturday. The two restored locks in the Flight of Five, as the set of five original locks is known, will be open from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Sept. 30, the Locks Heritage District Corp. announced. Tours begin every half-hour on Can…

A Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, has been hired to study the feasibility of a sports and events facility for the City of Niagara Falls. The consultant has been directed to deliver the report by Oct. 1, according to Samuel M. Ferraro, Niagara County economic development commissioner. The $113,000 cost will be split equally a…

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site. The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation h…

The public is invited to take a step back in time Thursday and have a look inside the lobby at the Shea's Seneca building on Seneca Street. Schneider Development, which has a $9 million plan to redevelop the building, will be there to share its plans for the historic building. There also will be an overview of private and public-sector projects in progress on Seneca Str…

Picture University at Buffalo medical students working in a vast, state-of-the-art advanced surgical simulation center honing their operating skills and training in a cutting-edge robotic surgery site. By January, that will be routine practice on the sixth floor of the university's new Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Main and Allen streets on the …

Northtown Automotive is moving ahead with its plans to build 468 parking spaces on land at Getzville Road and Sheridan Drive that it is buying from Temple Beth Tzedek, as it negotiates a lease with Dent Neurologic Institute for 300 of the spaces. The dealership has filed a site plan with the town, and the Amherst Planning Board must review the project. Northtown is b…

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 week …

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…