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They vowed to bring their brother home. And, after five long days of searching the relentless Niagara River, the body of missing Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner was finally found. Police made an official announcement just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. A procession began an hour later to bring his body from the foot of Porter Avenue to Erie County Medical Center. Police,…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in recent weeks has talked up the possible need for a special session of the Legislature to deal with such issues as federal funding cuts and additional bailout funds for victims of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. Assembly Democrats returned to Albany Tuesday to huddle in a private conference to discuss a range of issues coming up in…

County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca, found a way to give the Legislature credit for County Executive Mark Poloncarz's proposing a  budget with a tax cut of a penny. "After he tried to raise taxes on Erie County residents in the past, he has finally received the message that a majority of the Erie County Legislature will not let that happen,"…

The $1.48 billion proposed Erie County budget has come under fire from County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who said County Executive Mark Poloncarz's budget relies too heavily on county fund balance and cash back from Erie County Medical Center to balance the scales. "This budget is balanced artificially suing smoke and mirrors,"Mychajliw said. He again criticized P…

ALBANY – There was a time a few years ago when Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t have to listen to shots fired his way from the GOP. Nowadays, the Republican Governors Association headed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is regularly attacking Cuomo, who is looking to seek a third term in 2018 and one of many Democrats maneuvering for a possible White House run in 2020. The …

Terrence Robinson is the Green Party challenger to incumbent Byron W. Brown in next month’s general election for mayor. Robinson laid out his five-point agenda for his long shot chances of becoming the next mayor. Brown won the primary election last month, which essentially put him on the road to his fourth term. Still, Robinson says he’s in the race til the end.…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry, born on this date in 1926, “Don’t let the same dog bite you twice.” . . .  OLD SCHOOL – Only a few reservations are left for alumni, staff and others who want to attend a free semi-formal program at 6 p.m. Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the former Beech Avenue School in Niagara Falls, whic…

As Air Force Two departed Buffalo Niagara International Airport shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, those familiar with Vice President Pence’s daylong visit to Erie County seemed thrilled. More than 200 people waited to meet him upon his arrival, one of the largest airport crowds he has encountered, one source said. Pence called a Lancaster session one of the best event…

Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Thruway Authority will close one eastbound lanes on Interstate 290, in the vicinity of Exit 2, at Colvin Boulevard, as it continues roadwork on the I-290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The eastbound highway will be reduced to two lanes with the right lane closed for about two weeks. Work could be delay…

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs  plans to announce Wednesday a major infusion of state funds to support the construction of the new Orchard Park Community Activity Center. The new 69,000 square foot facility will be the home of the new Orchard Park Senior Citizens Center, as well as the town’s recreation offices and programs. Construction should be completed on t…

A proposal to construct a five-story apartment building with retail space and underground parking at the intersection of Hertel and Parkside avenues has stirred anger in the North Buffalo neighborhood because its height would exceed city limits. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

A controversial plan to open a bar on Main Street that appeals to people as young as 18 is on hold. University District Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt sent the plan back to the Council's Legislation Committee for further information. "We're going to talk to the law department to see if there's standing not to approve it," Wyatt said. "Residents don't want …

Choco-Logo is back. The 27-year-old chocolate maker, which closed in May, has a new owner. But chocolatier Dan Johnson has returned to the kitchen and has already begun spinning out his popular confectionery delights such as Salty Turtles, Peppermint Bark, and the company's signature Nutcorn. Bob Little, an Elma native and former corporate attorney in New York City, …

State energy officials are backing a $219 million plan to build a power transmission project that would run between Elma and Royalton. The agency that operates the state's power grid on Tuesday gave its backing to a proposed power transmission upgrade that would allow New York to fully capitalize on the power generating capacity of the Niagara Power Project, while also …

A perfect storm of high lake levels, ice formation and unprecedented spring rains flooded shoreline communities along Lake Ontario earlier this year, International Joint Commission officials said Tuesday at an environmental conference in Buffalo. The flooding would have happened with or without the new lake-level regulating Plan 2014, according to a panel of experts mee…

When the leadership of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club was indicted and eventually jailed, Brian Witkowski found himself leading the club's New York State chapter. The promotion, according to prosecutors, was a reward for Witkowski's loyalty to former Kingsmen President David Pirk and Witkowski's lies to federal agents about Pirk's role in the execution-style killings of f…