It turned out to be much more – and much less – than expected. For all of the justified euphoria over the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama on Friday will leave behind many of the same structural inequities African-Americans coped with under his predecessors. Which raises the question: What did it all mean? Putting race aside, his accomplishments with n…

NIAGARA FALLS - A man involved in a hit-and-run crash with a parked car left his damaged vehicle on the sidewalk and took a taxi home before police arrived on scene, according to a city police report. Niagara Falls police responded to the 400 block of 27th Street at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a black Jeep Patriot on the sidewalk with heavy front-end damage…

Flu season is starting to peak in Western New York, although its activity here lags behind other regions of the state. That’s likely to change over the next few weeks, so get ready for more complaints of coughing, sneezing and fever. How much flu is out there? Public health authorities can’t count every case. Instead, they track the spread and level of sickness …

A New York City firm that plans to redevelop the Pierce-Arrow administration building in North Buffalo into apartments wants tax breaks from the county to get the $29 million project done. Read Property Group and previous owner Joseph Hecht want to renovate the 190,000-square-foot complex on Elmwood Avenue. The project includes the historic administration building, a…

NIAGARA FALLS - A three-vehicle crash that closed part of the Interstate-190 Wednesday afternoon has led to driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession charges against a Grand Island man. Justin C. Rebon, 41,  made an unsafe lane change and collided with a tractor-trailer when he was merging from the LaSalle Expressway ramp onto the I-190 at about 12:05 p.m., S…

Timothy Wisniewski’s cottage on Ellicott Creek was a party house for Wisniewski’s nearly grown children and their friends. No matter what their age, they could drink there, they could smoke pot there, they could even live there sometimes, according to testimony that was heard at Wisniewski’s trial in November. That ongoing tolerance and acceptance of illegal behavi…

    April, 28, 1926 – Jan. 16, 2017 Like many World War II veterans, Kevin M. Cray was proud of his service but rarely talked much about it. After he was hospitalized last month in the hospice facility at Buffalo’s Veterans Administration Hospital, the Navy veteran sat down with one of his grandsons, Brian Cray, for a tape-recorded discussion …

Registration for The Ride For Roswell is now open. Those of all ages and cycling experience are invited to choose a “route to a cure” by signing up to ride or volunteer at RideForRoswell.org. This year’s ride, presented by West Herr Automotive Group, will take place June 24 and feature 12 routes ranging from 3 to 102 miles. Two new options: A leisurely 14-mile …

UNYTS, citing a need for donors, is urging residents to give blood for area hospitals because of increased demand. The organization is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, and hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties, according to UNYTS. O negative and platelet donors are especially needed, an official reported. Pot…

The controversial Start-Up NY economic development program that granted lucrative tax breaks to businesses but created relatively few jobs would get a makeover under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget proposal. The revamp is an about-face by the Cuomo administration for a program that it had hoped would become a magnet for early-stage businesses by offering them the potent…

A Monroe County man who crashed into a guardrail on the Thruway in Hamburg on Wednesday night faces charges of driving while intoxicated and possessing concentrated cannabis, the State Police said. Troopers responded to a one-car crash near the Hamburg/East Aurora/Route 75 exit at about 8:38 p.m. The driver, Matthew M. Fogarty, 25, of Pittsford, was found to be intoxica…

LOCKPORT - A Lancaster man who stole more than $17,000 worth of property and fixtures from an abandoned house in the City of Lockport was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months to four years in state prison. Andres R. Moore, 32, of Brandel Avenue, last year pleaded guilty before to third-degree grand larceny and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program, but …

Nineteen people have died from suspected opiate overdoses in the 19 days of January,  prompting Erie County officials to announce tougher measures against  drug dealers who are fueling the deadly epidemic. "There's been 19 deaths this month and there's been only 19 days. This has to stop," District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said. "I plan to take a hard stand on the d…

Texas Roadhouse, a Western-themed steakhouse, will open a new location in Cheektowaga this spring. The restaurant will be located at 3755 Union Road in front of Sam's Club in the Consumer Square plaza behind the Holiday Showcase. The company is on track to open in March. There is currently a Texas Roadhouse on Young Street in the City of Tonawanda in the Tops Markets…

A majority of Buffalo School Board members met in a secret meeting on Tuesday to discuss their course of action for getting Carl P. Paladino removed from the board. All  board members – except for Paladino and his ally Larry Quinn – were invited and attended the meeting. No public notice of the meeting was made. Quinn says that his colleagues' actions denied …

There will be a significant storm early next week in the Northeast, including the Buffalo Niagara region. Forecasters at the National Weather Service are pretty sure of that. Whether it comes in the form of cold rain, or heavy snow is still to be determined, but the latter is looking increasingly likely, forecasters say (and some weather models show). A strong…