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Not your average diner While out and about Wednesday on assignment on the East Side,  I was looking for a place to grab a bite to eat. I stumbled upon this place called Urban Diner over by the Central Terminal. A sign on the door posted the hours of operation: 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those are strange hours, I thought. How does this place even stay open? So…

Lackawanna City Council opponents John Ingram and Mohamed Albanna, who tied in Tuesday night's Conservative Party primary election, must wait until Tuesday to find out who won the line on the November ballot. That's when the Erie County Board of elections can open absentee ballots, said Robin Sion, deputy elections commissioner. "State elections law requires us t…

Amid the hoopla of Byron W. Brown’s middle-of-Court Street celebration Tuesday night, the Democrat headed for a fourth term as mayor of Buffalo was asked if voters had handed him a mandate. Did his healthy primary election win over Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant bestow upon him a wealth of political capital, a reporter queried. In his best imitation of Co…

He's mayor, right? That was some block party Mayor Byron Brown threw for his primary victory Tuesday night on his way to an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor in November. The celebration was held in a cordoned off location at Franklin and Court streets against the backdrop of City Hall and the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square. When Brown came onstage just…

A few takeaways from Tuesday's primary elections: Voters didn't show up: About one in four Democratic voters bothered to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. So if Byron W. Brown received a mandate on Tuesday, it came from only 13,346 residents of the City of Buffalo. Slight majority: Brown surpassed the magic 50 percent mark in the primary, an impressive feat again…

Town of Hamburg Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. on Tuesday fended off a primary challenge from Megan M. Casey for the Independence Party line. Now, he'll have to beat Casey's brother, too. Ted Casey, the only Democratic candidate, and Best, the only Republican candidate, face each other in November. On Tuesday, they had primary challenges only on minor party ball…

James M. Shaw got more votes than Dennis Gaughan on Tuesday night. But to become the next Hamburg town supervisor, he’ll have to do it again in November. Shaw and Gaughan are both registered Democrats. Shaw received the Democratic endorsement and Gaughan was endorsed by the Republicans and challenged Shaw in the Democratic primary. Shaw won 75 percent of the vote i…

Niagara Falls voters gave attorney James J. Faso Jr. a City Court judgeship Tuesday, while winnowing a field of nine City Council hopefuls to six. Meanwhile, voters across Niagara County chose Wheatfield Town Justice Erin P. DeLabio as the next county Family Court judge. Like Faso, DeLabio won every contested primary. Falls City Court Faso, a defense attorney w…

Newcomer April N. Baskin beat three other candidates to win the Democratic primary for the heavily contested County Legislature seat being vacated by Betty Jean Grant. Baskin stands poised to represent a district that stretches across the center of the city like a belt, from the Upper East Side through the Delaware and Elmwood Village neighborhoods and across to SUNY Bu…

Buffalo wasn't the only upstate New York city where voters were picking winners in primary elections on Tuesday. In Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren won the Democratic primary over two challengers, capturing 62 percent of the vote to beat former Rochester police chief James Sheppard, 22 percent, and former journalist Rachel Barnhart, 16 percent, the Rochester Democrat and…

Lawyer and small business co-owner David A. Martinez enjoyed strong support from the Hispanic community in his bid for the Erie County Legislature's 2nd District seat. Among his supporters were two local Hispanic newspapers and the Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice. Martinez noted those endorsements on his candidate questionnaire to The Buffalo News …

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Collins that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a registry of firefighters who get cancer. Collins' bill, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, would authorize $2 million in federal funding a year for five years to develop the registry, which is see…

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Tuesday lent some high-profile support to an effort by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, to pave the way to a single-payer health care system. Gillibrand, a Democrat, announced she has signed on as a co-sponsor of Sanders' Medicare for All Act — which includes a provision authored by Gillibrand that would allow Americans to b…

WASHINGTON — The "Dreamers" who found their American dream threatened last week, when President Trump promised to end a program offering temporary legal status to young illegal immigrants unless Congress acts, may find new hope in part through the efforts of two House Republicans who represent Western New York. Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and Rep. Tom Reed of Corni…