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Food truck washout Wild, wet weather on Thursday caused flash flooding, road closures and even swift water rescues by Buffalo firefighters of motorists trapped in vehicles stuck in water. Though not nearly as serious as those situations, the record-breaking deluge put a damper on Food Truck Thursdays. Only two of the six scheduled food trucks, Lloyd and Green Acres I…

ALBANY – A judge this afternoon rejected George Maziarz's bid to toss out  corruption case, leaving the onetime political powerhouse from Niagara County with an September 25 trial date in Albany on his calendar. Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County, just hours after Maziarz and his lawyer left his courtroom following oral arguments on the dismissal request, dismissed c…

Lawrence M. Eggert, whose 36 years in the Lockport Police Department included eight years as chief, is running for alderman at large on the Republican ticket in November. “My agenda is simple: Focus on providing the taxpayers with the highest level of services at the least possible cost,” Eggert said. “I have the experience on Day One to do that." He said…

The campaign for Buffalo mayor is getting into full swing. Thursday was the deadline date for all of the candidates to file their nominating petitions in person at the Erie County Board of Elections. Candidates are required to collect signatures from at least 5 percent of registered Buffalo voters from the political party line on which the candidate wants to run, acc…

ALBANY – In its precedent-setting decision in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the U.S. Supreme Court last year called his actions “distasteful.” The high court, nonetheless, overturned his conviction. In characterizing the actions of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan federal appeals court Thursday borrowed t…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins said Wednesday that he has teamed with a colleague to introduce legislation that aims to prevent Congress from doing just what the House did when it passed a Republican health care bill in May: approving major legislation without first seeing a full analysis of its potential impact. Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal,…

The two marquee candidates for Buffalo mayor filed nominating petitions on Wednesday with the Erie County Board of Elections, one day ahead of the deadline. How many more will join them? Byron W. Brown appeared in person at the elections' office to submit his petitions with 15,000 signatures as he attempts to win a fourth term as mayor. Buffalo City Comptroller Ma…

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Wednesday called for additional federal infrastructure funding to protect the Niagara Power Project and other New York energy facilities from cyber attacks. “The reality is our nation’s infrastructure is far too vulnerable to hackers and we must armor ourselves against this growing threat,” said Schumer, D-N.Y…

The Maryvale connection The leader of Seneca-Babcock Community Association is now the new leader at Maryvale schools in Cheektowaga. Brian Pilarski has been president of the South Buffalo organization since 2006. Under his leadership, the group has tripled in capacity and revenue, they say. Earlier this week, he was unanimously selected as the next president of th…

ALBANY – Despite statewide fly-arounds announcing big government grants, projects and other initiatives, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s standing with New Yorkers has dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years, a new poll has found. The Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday morning shows Cuomo gets a positive job approval rating from 46 percent of voters statewide. In u…

MIDDLEPORT -- Royalton Town Supervisor Jennifer Bieber resigned her post at Monday’s Town Board meeting, announcing she will start work as administrative director of the Niagara County Water District July 31. Bieber will succeed Herbert A. Downs, who is retiring after 12 years in the post and 25 years with the water district. Bieber has served as town supervisor si…

WASHINGTON -- Michael R. Caputo – the East Aurora political consultant who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign – on Tuesday dismissed Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Kremlin-connected lawyer as an innocent political error. But local members of Congress -- including Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence – didn't offer any such excuses for the younge…

Spread the word In case you haven't heard, the much-anticipated Lexington Co-op Market will open its new Hertel Avenue location at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 6:55 a.m., right before the doors open to the public for business. Just for perks, the first 100 customers will receive a mug at the checkout counter that will entitle them to free…

WASHINGTON – It  must seem familiar to New Yorkers of a certain age. Increasingly, their governor talks not just like a governor, but like a president, in phrases that range from the partisan to the poetic. Proof came last month, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took to a convention center stage in New York with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at his side, vowing to try …