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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 …

Buffalo firefighters on Wednesday morning were on the scene of a blaze on Northampton Street. Several local television stations reported the fire was in a vacant home, while Northampton was reported to be closed between Jefferson and Masten avenues. The fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. and firefighters were still working to extinguish the blaze shortly after 6…

It’s getting easier to find a seat on Metro Rail these days following a significant drop in ridership. And in a classic case of bad timing, the drop-off occurs just as transit planners are asking the federal government to extend the system to Amherst. Lower gas prices, higher employment rates, working at home trends and construction delays are contributing to a 6.1…

WASHINGTON – The committee charged with electing more Democrats to the House this week once again named Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, as one of its top targets. And on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate emerged to oppose Reed. Rick Gallant, a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area, announced that he will challenge Reed next year in New York's 23rd Congr…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from Nobel Prize winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, born on this date in 1941, “Take care of all your memories ... for you cannot relive them.” . . . FLOWER POWER – The Kenmore Lions Club will kick off its Carnations for Sight campaign from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Budwey’s Market, 535 Division St., North Tonawanda. Donation is $1 per car…

Buffalo police reported that a man was struck in the leg by gunfire just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the first block of Richlawn Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood. Additional details, including the identity, age and condition of the victim, were unavailable.  

The body of a teenage girl that was brought Sunday to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk was positively identified Tuesday as one of two girls reported missing from an Auburn youth facility since May 15. Auburn police Tuesday issued a statement acknowledging that they had confirmed the dead girl's identity with the Dunkirk Police Department which, official…

A lake shore flood watch for Thursday was issued Tuesday night by the National Weather Service for properties along Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. The watch is in effect from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. The alert from the NWS office in Buffalo said that the combination of high lake levels, moderate northeast winds and high waves could cause floodi…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police were called to the scene of two separate shootings and a stabbing Tuesday, all of which occurred within a span of three hours and involved groups of people fighting. Four people who were injured in the three incidents wound up at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment, though none of their injuries were considered …

SILVER CREEK  – A Gowanda woman was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, with non-life-threatening injuries after a rollover accident on Route 39 in the Town of Hanover about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported. Syrena L. Neamon, 30, told deputies she swerved to avoid an animal in the road. She was charged with third-degree aggr…

ALBANY  – The State Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, which would add dentists to the state's "Doctors Across New York" program, Young reported Tuesday. The bill would allow the State Department of Health to recruit and provide financial incentives for dentists to work in communities that lack dental care. "We have a real short…

SILVER CREEK – A Mayville man has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment for an incident May 15 in the Town of Hanover, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday. Justin M. Stanfield, 30, was arrested Monday and accused of sending unwanted text messages and voicemail messages to another person on Hanover Road. The Sheriff's Office said he …

Gayle Meyers doesn't fit the stereotype of a poor person, but the developmentally disabled woman from Buffalo has lived for years on Social Security disability payments, with Medicaid to take care of her health needs. In other words, she's lived her adult life with the aid of programs that President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget, released Tuesday, would cut. "I would no…

Six African-American police officers who were promoted by the Buffalo Police Department earlier this year say they've been harassed and "treated like criminals" by their police union and fellow officers for accepting provisional promotions from the commissioner against their union's directive. Officer Deidre Carswell recalled how excited and honored she felt when the ad…

A Buffalo woman pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Tuesday morning for fatally stabbing her child’s father during an argument. Kearra Bailey, 19, admitted in State Supreme Court that she killed Shaundez Davis, 19, on Nov. 20 when Davis came to her apartment uninvited. At the time, police said the encounter turned into a domestic dispute that continued out…