ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraced the spread of state-sanctioned gambling during his first six years in office, from expanded lottery and commercial casinos to daily fantasy sports wagering. One of the outcomes, though, was that churches, fire halls and veterans’ posts that run bingo games, raffles and other games of chance suffered with the saturation of new gamb…

A brutal assault outside an Allentown pizzeria early Saturday morning is sparking concern as a possible hate crime, after two gay men were called derogatory names by a group of unidentified males and one was abruptly punched in the face. Mike Slater of Buffalo suffered bruising and a cut above his right eye from the attack, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Saturday night after her car rear-ended a stopped tour bus with 49 people aboard, police said. No one aboard the Covered Wagon Tours bus was injured in the crash, which occurred about 9:42 p.m. in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police said the bus was stopped for a …

A man was in serious condition after being shot in the Broadway-Bailey Avenue area around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Buffalo police reported. Detectives say the shooting occurred at Ashley and Krupp streets on the city's East Side. No other details were released. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP-CALL Line at 847-2255.

A City of Tonawanda man was charged Sunday morning with four felonies after he allegedly angrily confronted two people in a Dexter Street home with a shotgun, which went off when he was pushed. No one was hurt. Michael P. McCurry, 57, was allegedly upset that he had been left at a motel room on Niagara Falls Boulevard after a night of drinking. When he arrived back …

A pair of early evening skiing accidents at Holiday Valley on Saturday sent two trauma victims to Erie County Medical Center by helicopter, just 15 minutes apart. A 17-year-old male skiier from Pennsylvania "went over a bump" and crashed on a slope at the popular ski resort in Ellicottville at about 5:15 p.m., causing a possible concussion. He was transported by Mercy …

A body was pulled from the waters off Buffalo Harbor State Park around noon Sunday. Anglers fishing off the dock at the park said they spotted a man in a blue hoodie floating face down in the water and notified authorities. Buffalo police and firefighters responded to the scene to retrieve the body. No other details were immediately available. Anyone with info…

United Church Manor, the 50-unit housing community for senior citizens  in West Seneca, will celebrate its 30th year and show off new amenities from 1 to 4 p.m. March 4. The development, managed by United Church Home Society, is located at 50 North Ave. in a residential area off Union Road and Clinton Street. It opened its doors in 1987. Ethel Nuse, the last of the …

Someone did a lot of shopping with money from George D. Maziarz’s campaign fund when he was a state senator. The questions for investigators: Who and why? Maziarz’s former campaign treasurer, Laureen M. Jacobs, revealed 751 previously unreported transactions dating back as far as 2009 and totaling more than $151,000. Almost all of the purchases were made with …

Katrina Racine was 7 when her mother was brushing her hair and noticed a spot the size of a half dollar where hair was missing. "It started coming out in clumps. So she took me to the doctor," Katrina said. The doctor told her to get a haircut. Perhaps the weight of her thick blonde curls that tumbled down to her waist had something to do with the hair loss. That …

A Tracy Street man pulled over in the the 2200 block of South Park Avenue early Friday for excessively tinted windows is facing drug charges, Buffalo police reported. Robert Bruckman, 50, is  charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and improper auto equipment.  Police said he was dr…

  SANBORN  - A special executive meeting of the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees  will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Notar Administration Building at NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road. The board is expected to discuss litigation issues, according to board Chairman Vincent Ginestre.

A Grand Island man  was captured by Kenmore Police Friday about an hour after he tried to drive away with 30 steel pipes stolen Friday  from a Tonawanda Street steel products company. Ryan Hudson, 29, of Bedell Road  was taken into custody about 5:40 p.m., after he fled when a company  official  confronted him loading the  pipes into his vehicle in the 100 block …