Raw sewage in Scajaquada Creek near the Buffalo History Museum. Manure and pesticides in Chautauqua Lake. Elevated levels of lead in drinking water in schools and homes. Floatable debris polluting beaches and even Canalside. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he wants to address problems like these with a $2 billion proposal to improve water quality in the Buffalo Niaga…

ALBANY –Gov. Andrew Cuomo flew around the state last week delivering six State of the States messages. But as he prepares to release a spending plan of more than $150 billion to help pay for the promises he made last week, Cuomo and his office have been silent about how and when  he will release his 2017 budget. Will he personally deliver a speech explaining his b…

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers had a strong finish in December to an otherwise down year at local factories. The region's manufacturers finished 2016 with four straight months of growth, including the biggest increase in 18 months during December, after struggling for most of the year, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. "We had an overall strong month to…

The presentation looks more like C-SPAN than “Law & Order,” but even without the added dramatics, the recently launched webcast from the appellate court in Rochester is sure to be a hit in certain circles. Those circles include law students and fans of the intricacies of the judicial system, along with parties involved in the appeals, plus their attorneys and pe…

When power was knocked out in the City of Tonawanda last spring, a decades-old emergency generator failed to fully restore power to City Hall and the police department dispatch center there. City Council President Jenna Koch noted that the generator dates back to the day when City Hall opened in 1959. She said this is part of the reason why the cost to install a new gen…

A private plane that flew from Genesee County crashed Monday in Michigan, injuring the pilot, according to multiple media reports. The crash happened at the Livingston County Airport in Howell, Mich., just before noon, according to aviation-safety.net. The Cessna 525C apparently skidded off the runway as it tried to land. https://twitter.com/camillefox2news/status/8…

LOCKPORT - Brookfield Renewable, which owns a small hydroelectric plant beside the Erie Canal locks in Lockport, presented the city with a $1,500 grant Monday to help pay for new signs to explain the workings of the original canal locks, which are being restored as a tourist attraction. David R. Kinyon, president of the city's Locks Heritage Development Corp., said …

Demeris Petty, 20, was arrested on a weapons charge late Friday night after a confrontation with another man and then with police on the first block of Niagara Street, Buffalo police reported. Officers saw Petty push another man to the ground and walk away about 11:30 p.m. clutching a bulge in his right jacket pocket. Petty was repeatedly told to stop, according to a…

A garage fire at a fence business on Transit Road in Clarence caused an estimated $200,000 in damage overnight, authorities said. The blaze at Picket Fence & Exteriors, 6695 Transit, was reported at about 1:36 a.m. by an Amherst police officer on patrol who saw smoke coming from a storage garage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Firefighters found fire inside a…

Six people have been killed in Buffalo so far this year, making it the most deadly January in at least the last decade. Half of the victims were killed New Year's Day. As part of The Buffalo News' ongoing coverage of crime and criminal justice, take a look at an interactive map to get more information about each homicide. The map will be updated throughout 2017. …

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has inducted the following four new members to its 2016-17 board of directors. EPIC provides research-based and evidence-informed year-round programming in family engagement in education, encouraging early literacy and building parents’ capacity to become more actively involved in their children’s education through workshops, …

Roads are wet and salt trucks are out for the Tuesday morning commute as a freezing rain advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Amherst police have reported icy surfaces, and the Erie County Sheriff's Office has reported icy conditions near Transit and Miles roads in Clarence. "For the most part, most of the roads have just become wet," said David Thomas, meteorol…

Today could signal the dawning of a new era in Depew as voters head to the polls to decide whether to dissolve their 124-year-old village. The fate of Erie County's second-largest village, with 15,146 residents, depends on the outcome of Tuesday's referendum. If voters decide to nix the village, it could become the first village eliminated in the county, at least since …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on this date in 1942, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” . . . SPARKS FLY – As the economy continues to grow in Western New York, manufacturing and construction firms need more welders. To h…

An 11-year-old Hagen Street girl who was reported missing early Monday afternoon was reportedly found, according to Buffalo Police late Monday evening. Ellis Duplantis was found safe, police said, but they did not release any further information.

A Goemble Avenue man was arrested Friday after he allegedly struck a parked car and sped off, according to Buffalo police. Odell Willkens, 36, was arrested by officers after being stopped at Goemble and Hazel Place at about 3 p.m., according to a Buffalo police report. He had allegedly struck a parked car on Goemble and then sped off, driving past three stop signs, …