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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…

The City of Tonawanda's $1.25 million Niawanda Park Pavilion along the picturesque Niagara River is a popular spot for private event rentals on weekends, but the city is discussing ways to make the site more profitable, including hiring a private management team. The enclosed waterfront pavilion is booked through 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But it remains un…

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes. A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for town board.  Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years of involvement in town gover…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…

Buffalo police and firefighters found no evidence of a methamphetamine lab in a home on the city's West Side on Friday morning. Officials were called to investigate a home on the 300 block of Potomac Avenue, at the corner of Hoyt Street. There had been a large presence of police and firefighters. "There were some indicators there," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Gar…

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation’s decision this week to stop paying the state more than $100 million a year in casino revenue sharing caught leaders in Albany completely off guard. But on the Seneca territories, more than 300 miles away, tribal officials have known for months that this day was coming. Seneca officials did not raise a grievance with the state in 2013 w…

The Antebellum-era red-brick buildings at 68 and 72 Sycamore St. moved a step closer to landmark status after the Buffalo Preservation Board unanimously voted Thursday that the pre-Civil War dwellings be given that designation. During the public hearing portion of the meeting, architectural historian Martin Wachadlo was one of two people arguing the buildings are worth…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet, textile designer and political activist William Morris, born on this date in 1834, “The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.” . . . O SAY CAN YOU SEE – Start warming up your vocal cords. The Buffalo Bisons are holding their annual National Anthem auditions fr…

A 26-year-old Buffalo woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle on Genesee Street Thursday night, Cheektowaga police said. Police were called to the 3300 block of Genesee, near Beach Road, at 9:20 p.m., Cheektowaga Police Capt. Scott Pilot said. The woman, whose name was not released, was crossing Genesee when she was struck, Pilot said. She was t…

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to drug charges. Julio Cesar Sanchez, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, officials said. In March 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency exe…

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 Borsella, …