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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 …

Nine people were arrested at two protests Wednesday against Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard's management of the county's jails and his appearance at a pro-Trump rally. The protests were organized by Showing Up for Racial Justice Action in Buffalo, which describes itself as a group that "organizes white people for racial justice across Erie County." The first protest w…

Attention continues to focus on Rep. Chris Collins and his investments in the health care industry. The Daily Beast, a Washington website, intensified the spotlight Wednesday by reporting that the Clarence Republican stands out among 40 GOP members of Congress who voted for the American Health Care Act while owning stock in health care companies. Collins holds the most …

One of the investigations that led to prostitution-related arrests at two Town of Tonawanda motels earlier this month started as a truancy case. Police discovered one of the victims, who is younger than 18, when they contacted her mother because of her chronic absences from school, Town of Tonwanda Police Det. Lt. William Krier said. The mother told police she thoug…

WASHINGTON – Michael R. Caputo will have to speak to the House Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russian influence in last year's presidential election, but initial indications are that he will not be testifying in public. The committee is interested in talking to Caputo because he worked for the Donald Trump presidential campaign from November 2015 thro…

For centuries, the wild beauty and strategic location of the Niagara County shore of Lake Ontario has drawn vacationers, residents, anglers and armies. But every once in a while, proximity to the mighty lake becomes a hazard. That was the case this spring, when high water levels and wind-blown rainstorms washed away land and trees, swamped docks and pushed debris up …

The University at Buffalo has named Suzanne Rosenblith as the new dean for its Graduate School of Education. She's currently associate dean of undergraduate programs and professor of educational foundations at Clemson University. Provost Charles F. Zukoski announced the appointment Wednesday morning by email. Rosenblith will start July 1. She succeeds Jaekyung Le…

Car break-ins are often prosecuted as misdemeanors and don't hold criminals accountable for one of the city's most pervasive crimes, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage said Wednesday. Savage said he wants the "car pops" prosecuted as felonies. "The last thing someone wants is to wake up in the morning and find their windows smashed," the Buffalo Democrat said. …

Tapestry Charter School’s expansion plans are moving forward. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its current main building adjacent to the new site. In turn, that would create more space for the school’s upper grade…

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 Ov…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a boat tour around the Buffalo Harbor Wednesday and touted his administration's accomplishments on the downtown waterfront. Along the way, some news was made, too. To start, Cuomo said the state will contribute $2 million toward doing something about that hole in the ground where Memorial Auditorium once stood. Developers will be invited to …

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…