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The next phase of the state’s Buffalo Billion program – aiming to kickstart projects like Metro Rail extensions and Outer Harbor development – stands merely a 50-50 chance of success, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday in Buffalo. The fired-up governor chalked up that middling chance to a recalcitrant Legislature with little political stake in the concept. The go…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite down-and-out lyric from singer and songwriter Warren Zevon, born on this date in 1947, “If California slides into the ocean/ Like the mystics and statistics say it will,/ I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill.” . . . ALL SHOOK UP – Elvis Presley would have turned 82 back on Jan. 8 and, for the Western New York Elvis Appr…

Boys basketballMonday’s gamesYale Cup Division IEast 75, Riverside 59Middle Early College 59, Burgard 45South Park 68, Hutch-Tech 47Yale Cup Division III-Prep/Grover 69, Lafayette 39Monsignor MartinCanisius 86, Walsh 48ECIC IIIMaryvale 53, Lake Shore 44ECIC IVAlden 46, JFK 40Niagara FrontierLockport 87, Kenmore East 39Niagara-OrleansAkron 33, Albion 25CCAA West 1Olean 54…

ABBOTT: UAW 897 — Barry Carothers 268-748, Don Gratien 696, Mike Piroog 257-692, Jerry Kostrzycki 262, Bob Czekaj 254.AIRPORT: Whitey Kiszewski Memorial — Fred Catalano 684.BRAYMILLER’S: Monday Night — Dan Darnley 277.BRIERWOOD: Monday 3-Man — Dave Arida 257-268-752.CLASSIC: Alzena Wright Classic Doubles — Bob Kirbis 278-256-781, Bill Baer 269-746, Mike Zarcone…

Niagara Falls police have identified the alleged driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck and severely injured a 19-year-old bicyclist Thursday on Ontario Avenue, before leaving the scene of the accident, police said. Ronald W. Harrison, 61, of Niagara Falls, was charged Monday with a single count of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a felony, according t…

The Village of Williamsville's South Long neighborhood has the village Department of Public Works building, a park and railroad museum, and a former railroad line that cuts through diagonally and is now a bike path. But change is coming. The former Herbert F. Darling Inc. construction complex on California Drive was sold and Natale Development plans to build 30 tow…

Depew officials looking to capitalize on the passionate opposition of residents who voted against dissolving the village recommended a tax relief task force be formed Monday night during a meeting of the Depew Village Board. The task force – with an eye toward changing the Village of Depew into a town – was sponsored by Trustee Kevin Peterson, who had the backing o…

LOCKPORT – Darryl J. Hill, who stomped a man 14 times outside a Niagara Falls gas station July 27, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski scheduled sentencing March 24 for Hill, who admitted to first-degree assault after originally being indicted on a charge of attempted murder. Hill, 37, of Niagara Avenue in the …

This is Buffalo Niagara's best opportunity to reverse a half century of decline. But it's entirely possible that the region's big moment could prove to be fleeting. That was readily apparent on Monday, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited Niagara Falls for the ribbon cutting on a new DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton and used the occasion to try to rally support for the second…

Greenhouses 2 and 3 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens reopened to large crowds a couple of weekends ago after being closed for two years. Now comes the color. [Gallery: Lumagination] Beginning Wednesday, the greenhouses' new exhibits – and everything else under the indoor nature attraction's three Victorian glass houses – will be bathed in multi…

The Week in Pictures: Jan. 16-22, 2017 highlights news, entertainment and sports images taken by Buffalo News photographers. Bringing a visual recap of the week through pictures.

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of a 20-year-old driver who was killed in a two-car collision Sunday in the Town of Kendall. Rebekah M. Hoak, of Holley, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at about 1:53 p.m. at the intersection of Route 18 and Norway Road, according to authorities. Fog may have been a factor in …

WASHINGTON – Gay Republicans celebrated Donald Trump’s inauguration last weekend with a party featuring a keynote address by Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican with an anti-gay voting record who vowed that the new president will be a friend to the LGBT community. “What I can tell you about Donald Trump – there is not a bone in his body that is discriminat…

Erie County Water Authority crews Monday repaired two water main breaks, one in Hamburg and the other in Orchard Park. Sean Dwyer, a spokesman for the authority, described them as minor and said both occurred about 4 p.m. The repairs to both water main breaks were completed before 8 p.m., he said. One was located at Stonehenge and Stoneybrook drives in Orchard Par…