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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…

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 were working on repairing 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. It was anticipated that repairs to both water main breaks would be completed before 8 p.m. One was located at Stonehendge and Ston…

The former North Park Library and the Crosby complex buildings, which city lawmakers last year ruled don't deserve historic landmark status, will get reconsideration now that a State Supreme Court judge ruled the Common Council's first review was flawed. This time, regardless of whether supporting or rejecting landmark status, the Council must offer a written explanatio…

NIAGARA FALLS - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state's efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working. In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to "step up to the plate" in Niagara Falls, carrying ou…

Baker Hall School at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna was locked down Monday morning after a student tried to bring a handgun through the school's metal detectors, according to a spokesman for the school. Students were held in their classrooms during the incident. School staff called in Lackawanna police who arrested the student, said Baker Victory Services spokesma…

Collins must be afraid to face his constituentsIt appears that Rep. Chris Collins is afraid of his own constituents. When was the last time he had an open meeting in front of us? I’m not talking about one of his telephone meetings where questions are carefully screened, or invitation-only events for his supporters. I’m talking about appearing in front of his constituen…