It turned out to be much more – and much less – than expected. For all of the justified euphoria over the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama on Friday will leave behind many of the same structural inequities African-Americans coped with under his predecessors. Which raises the question: What did it all mean? Putting race aside, his accomplishments with n…

    April, 28, 1926 – Jan. 16, 2017 Like many World War II veterans, Kevin M. Cray was proud of his service but rarely talked much about it. After he was hospitalized last month in the hospice facility at Buffalo’s Veterans Administration Hospital, the Navy veteran sat down with one of his grandsons, Brian Cray, for a tape-recorded discussion …

Registration for The Ride For Roswell is now open. Those of all ages and cycling experience are invited to choose a “route to a cure” by signing up to ride or volunteer at RideForRoswell.org. This year’s ride, presented by West Herr Automotive Group, will take place June 24 and feature 12 routes ranging from 3 to 102 miles. Two new options: A leisurely 14-mile …

UNYTS, citing a need for donors, is urging residents to give blood for area hospitals because of increased demand. The organization is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, and hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties, according to UNYTS. O negative and platelet donors are especially needed, an official reported. Pot…

The controversial Start-Up NY economic development program that granted lucrative tax breaks to businesses but created relatively few jobs would get a makeover under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget proposal. The revamp is an about-face by the Cuomo administration for a program that it had hoped would become a magnet for early-stage businesses by offering them the potent…

A Monroe County man who crashed into a guardrail on the Thruway in Hamburg on Wednesday night faces charges of driving while intoxicated and possessing concentrated cannabis, the State Police said. Troopers responded to a one-car crash near the Hamburg/East Aurora/Route 75 exit at about 8:38 p.m. The driver, Matthew M. Fogarty, 25, of Pittsford, was found to be intoxica…

LOCKPORT - A Lancaster man who stole more than $17,000 worth of property and fixtures from an abandoned house in the City of Lockport was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months to four years in state prison. Andres R. Moore, 32, of Brandel Avenue, last year pleaded guilty before to third-degree grand larceny and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program, but …

Nineteen people have died from suspected opiate overdoses in the 19 days of January,  prompting Erie County officials to announce tougher measures against  drug dealers who are fueling the deadly epidemic. "There's been 19 deaths this month and there's been only 19 days. This has to stop," District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said. "I plan to take a hard stand on the d…

Texas Roadhouse, a Western-themed steakhouse, will open a new location in Cheektowaga this spring. The restaurant will be located at 3755 Union Road in front of Sam's Club in the Consumer Square plaza behind the Holiday Showcase. The company is on track to open in March. There is currently a Texas Roadhouse on Young Street in the City of Tonawanda in the Tops Markets…

A majority of Buffalo School Board members met in a secret meeting on Tuesday to discuss their course of action for getting Carl P. Paladino removed from the board. All  board members – except for Paladino and his ally Larry Quinn – were invited and attended the meeting. No public notice of the meeting was made. Quinn says that his colleagues' actions denied …

There will be a significant storm early next week in the Northeast, including the Buffalo Niagara region. Forecasters at the National Weather Service are pretty sure of that. Whether it comes in the form of cold rain, or heavy snow is still to be determined, but the latter is looking increasingly likely, forecasters say (and some weather models show). A strong…

The City of Tonawanda continues to "Go Red for Jed" with a blood drive that will honor a special young man who died from cancer complications in 2015. Jedediah Woomer, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and 2014 graduate of Tonawanda High School, died on April 8, 2015 following complications from synovial sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. Tonawanda city firefighters…

A Williamsville developer is asking the Town of Amherst to rezone seven acres of land along Sweet Home Road where he plans to build 79 upscale apartment units, according to plans filed with the Amherst Planning Board. Robert A. Savarino would build two three-story apartment buildings, along with six single-story garage buildings, on seven acres of the nearly 12-acre par…

Family, friends and fellow officers welcomed two new police officers to the City of Tonawanda Police Department with swearing in ceremonies and a reception at City Hall on Wednesday. Officers Adam J. Cruz and Kyle J. Gallivan will start at the Central Police Academy at Erie County Community College's north campus on Monday. Both new officers grew up in the City of To…

LITTLE VALLEY -- A 78- year-old former Hamburg resident has been returned to state prison for at least two years after his latest burglary  conviction. Gary Heinaman was convicted as a repeat felon on third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for a Town of Ellicottville break-in Nov. 29, 2015,  District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman …

After the unexpected retirement of Superintendent Dawn F. Mirand earlier this month, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board named its former assistant superintendent, Stephen A. Bovino to step into the role on an interim basis last week. Bovino  retired in September after 9 1/2 years in the role, but came back when Mirand announced January 5 that she would retire i…