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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 …

The first chance for the public to watch Lockport's new replica canal boat go through the 19th-century Erie Canal locks comes Saturday. The two restored locks in the Flight of Five, as the set of five original locks is known, will be open from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Sept. 30, the Locks Heritage District Corp. announced. Tours begin every half-hour on Can…

A Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, has been hired to study the feasibility of a sports and events facility for the City of Niagara Falls. The consultant has been directed to deliver the report by Oct. 1, according to Samuel M. Ferraro, Niagara County economic development commissioner. The $113,000 cost will be split equally a…

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site. The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation h…

The public is invited to take a step back in time Thursday and have a look inside the lobby at the Shea's Seneca building on Seneca Street. Schneider Development, which has a $9 million plan to redevelop the building, will be there to share its plans for the historic building. There also will be an overview of private and public-sector projects in progress on Seneca Str…

Picture University at Buffalo medical students working in a vast, state-of-the-art advanced surgical simulation center honing their operating skills and training in a cutting-edge robotic surgery site. By January, that will be routine practice on the sixth floor of the university's new Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Main and Allen streets on the …

Northtown Automotive is moving ahead with its plans to build 468 parking spaces on land at Getzville Road and Sheridan Drive that it is buying from Temple Beth Tzedek, as it negotiates a lease with Dent Neurologic Institute for 300 of the spaces. The dealership has filed a site plan with the town, and the Amherst Planning Board must review the project. Northtown is b…

Next month will mark 13 years without a new contract for principals and administrators in Buffalo Public Schools. And they still don't seem any closer to reaching an agreement with the district. Members of the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators, which represents more than 250 principals and building and central office administrators, rallied last week …

A longtime officer will receive a promotion and a new officer will be sworn in by the City of Tonawanda Police Department on Tuesday at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St. Acting Detective Matthew Burke, an officer in the department since 1997, will be sworn in as a full-time detective. Eric Foels will join the 28-member force and be sworn in as a new officer. &n…

Street pavers may be coming soon to a road near you. The City of Buffalo’s annual paving reconstruction project kicked off this week. Crews are scheduled to pave more than 75 residential streets this season. About $7.5 million is earmarked this year for paving all across the city. First phase of the work begins this week, starting with Pansy Place from Florida Street…

Casey Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District has a new principal. Peter Dobmeier, assistant principal at Casey for the last 6½ years, takes over in July from Francis McGreevy, who is retiring after 18 years in the the district. The School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dobmeier to the $112,000-a-year post overseeing one of the dis…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will take a bout tour of Buffalo's waterfront this morning, according to the governor's office. The tour is slated to leave leave from Canalside at about 10 a.m. More information to come. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/24/facing-someone-else-cuomo-win-third-term-election-held-today/

A fire Wednesday morning in a vacant house on Northampton Street spread to two neighboring homes, displacing five adults, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m., according to fire department radio transmissions. It started at 218 Northampton and spread to 214 and 224 Northampton, according to fire department radio transmiss…

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…