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WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sounds as if he is in a panic over the bill House Republicans plan to vote on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare. And to hear health professionals and policy wonks in the state tell it, he has plenty of reason to panic. The bill would force billions of dollars of additional annual costs onto the state. Thanks to an amendment …

At least one name will be on the ballot for May's election of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education, with petitions due in less than four weeks. Susan McClary, a retired Sweet Home teacher and current assistant to Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, has submitted petitions to run, District Clerk Mitzie Serafin said. The school board election will …

A man arrested Monday by West Seneca police in connection with a string of burglaries in that town has also caught the notice of Orchard Park police. Danny N. Butcher, 55, was arrested as the result of anonymous tip within 24 hours of West Seneca police posting his photo on Facebook and Twitter. According to Orchard Park police Thursday, In a collaborative effort, de…

Programs that serve the Williamsville Central School District's "most vulnerable students" would be at risk if the district loses any of its $4 million in federal aid, officials said this week. The Trump administration proposes cutting $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, the Washington Post reported last week. That could mean …

A man was stabbed at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Suffolk Street, in what Buffalo police described as an apparent street robbery. The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a spokesman for Buffalo Police.

It was about an hour and a half into what would be an otherwise routine meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night, when four people stood up in the council chambers of City Hall to lead a protest calling for the removal of School Board member Carl Paladino. "All in favor of the removal of Carl Paladino from the board say, 'Aye!'" they said. "Aye!" cam…

A Niagara Falls man has become the first person charged with violating the city's new ordinance aimed at cracking down on dumping, authorities said. Dennis Gulley, 65, was arrested on March 8 after two television sets, a mattress and a box spring were found dumped at the corner of Grove Avenue and 13th Street, authorities said. According to police, Gulley was capture…

A newly formed group – WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal – has attracted 3,100 Facebook followers in less than a month and just reached its first goal: To garner 1,000 signatures on an online petition calling for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to "tear down the tolls." The next goal will be to raise that to 10,000 signatures, which co-chairman Brian R. Michel sa…

If government can’t even get the little things right, why should we trust it with the big things? That’s the question municipalities should ask themselves when figuring out how to respond to a watchdog group’s report that gives failing grades to 14 out of 16 local governments on that most basic of tasks: letting the public know what they are doing in its name. …

The first sign of trouble came only about two weeks after the registered sex offender was admitted into Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center last November. Thomas Moore, 62, put his hand on a resident’s thigh in the dining room on Dec. 9, according to a state report. When staff confronted Moore, he denied doing anything wrong with the woman, a dementia pati…

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators Wednesday – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations, as part of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, both with deep roots as North Tonawanda Republicans, are scheduled to be a…

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation of Indians is ending all casino payments to the state government effective next week, setting up a confrontation with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The decision stops the flow of more than $110 million a year to Albany, a portion of which then goes to host casino communities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca. The Senecas say they are abidin…

Andrew A. Turner, 21, of the Town of Lancaster, was arrested on drug charges after his car was pulled over by Amherst police for possible traffic infractions early Wednesday morning. After Turner was stopped in the 1000 block of Chestnut Ridge Road about 3 a.m., officers said they found quantities of a drug and marijuana in his vehicle. Turner was charged with seventh-d…