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ALBANY – In some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s past state budgets, one would need a miner’s helmet and flashlight to find all the squirreled away tax and fee increases. In the 2018 budget plan released Tuesday, Cuomo lays them out early and often, even listing in their own table of contents entry. And there are many of what the administration calls “revenue actions,’’ accou…

Cab companies that want the city to treat the taxi industry and new ride-hailing services the same took their case directly to Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday – but may have to go even higher. License fees, background checks and set rates put cab companies at an unfair disadvantage, they say, because ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are not bound by those same r…

Business

The flu season started earlier this year than the past two seasons, saw a rapid rise in cases in recent weeks and may already be near a peak. But it is far from over. What's worse, the predominate virus strain circulating now is causing severe symptoms. "Right now, you can walk into any emergency room shift and a good percentage of the patients will be there for flu-…

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend above the rate  inflation for education and health care, but make cuts in other areas all  while raising more than $1 billion in new revenues. That would mean tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks for New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that containe…

Crime

A man who beat the mother of his children with two baseball bats and threatened her with a sword was sentenced Tuesday to two to four years in state prison. Jason E. Evrard, 33, of Quain Place, Town of Niagara, was living with the woman on Lockport Road in Wheatfield at the time of the assault May 26. "I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how genuine Mr. Evrard's re…

Crime

Robert K. Cox, who riddled a Niagara Falls house with gunfire and shot a man in the arm in separate crimes, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. quoted a Falls policeman as saying Cox, who has been arrested 19 times, is "arrogant, brazen and probably will evolve as a criminal." Cox, whose record includes a 2010…

Business

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget did not mention any additional Buffalo Billion programs. He proposed $750 million for an eighth round of Regional Economic Development Councils, which set regional economic development priorities and compete against each other for funding allocations. Cuomo also proposed continuing projects through the Upstate Revitalization Ini…

Crime

A Buffalo man was convicted of attempted second-degree murder after a weeklong trial in Erie County Court. The jury also found Warren Meredith, 35, guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June shooting of a man in the Fruit Belt on Rose Street. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds but survived. Meredith was arrested …

Crime

Donald M. Sinclair of Cambria was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for the fatal beating of a man who was having an affair with Sinclair's wife. Sinclair, 38, waited in his car for an hour on Aug. 30, 2016, outside the Niagara Falls home of Cameron M. Weingartner, 44, and attacked him when Weingartner returned home from work. Weingartner suffered a brain inju…

Buffalo

"The New Education Bargain," the Buffalo school district's reform plan to improve academic performance, will be the subject of an in-depth program premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on WNED-TV. It also will air at 3 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and will be available for streaming at wned.org. The bargain from the district is this: If students work hard and parents commit to t…

Education

Education was one area of positive news in a spending proposal that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called his most challenging budget. School aid would go up 3 percent under Cuomo's plan, and the poorest districts would see the most operating aid yet, but the governor said he wants to ensure that the poorest schools get the funding. The governor's budget proposal includes a $5…

Erie County

A rolled-over truck on Delaware Avenue near the I-290 in the Town of Tonawanda has closed the southbound lanes on Delaware as well as the I-290 exit ramp to Delaware's southbound lanes. The crash was reported at about 1:50 p.m., according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. The left lane in the northbound direction on Delaware is also cl…

Local News

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo only briefly mentioned higher education in Tuesday's budget talk, a year after he enlisted U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to help announce a free college tuition plan that garnered national attention and became a centerpiece of budget talks in 2017. Cuomo said he will continue to fund “phase two” of the Excelsior Scholarship program, which covers tuition …

United Auto Workers Region 9, which is based in Amherst, will choose a new director, after Terry Dittes was named a UAW vice president. Dittes had served as regional director since 2014, overseeing a territory that covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A vote on a new Region 9 director, by representatives of locals that make up t…

Environment

Algal blooms have threatened drinking water supplies and affected industries in upstate in recent summers. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed Tuesday spending $65 million to rid them from upstate's lakes and water bodies. "We have a really serious problem with different bacteria and algal blooms," Cuomo said in his budget speech. "Many of those lakes are sources of drinki…