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The trip over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother's house won't be stifled by construction. Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo suspended all temporary lane closures on road and bridge projects along the state's highway system to ease travel for the upcoming holiday and into the weekend. Cuomo announced construction-related lane closures w…

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ALBANY – The Buffalo  woman who recently told her story of being sexually harassed by Sam Hoyt, a former state lawmaker and top economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt for engaging in a “pattern of committing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation” against her. Lisa Marie Cater, who previously talked to …

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Friday, a coalition of private and public agencies in Central New York held an annual National Adoption Day celebration in Syracuse. The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center was packed with at least 1,000 people as 52 families finalized adoptions with Family Court judges from seven upstate counties. Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, sang "America the Beauti…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent Tuesday traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising money for his gubernatorial campaign fund and, presumably, stirring the waters a bit more about a possible 2020 White House run. How much Cuomo raised was not revealed by his campaign. Cuomo left sometime Monday evening and was due back Tuesday night. Cuomo was expe…

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ALBANY – A Western New York Republican lawmaker tangled Monday with the state’s economic development czar over the level of credit taken by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s in the Buffalo area’s employment health. The exchange at a legislative hearing between Assemblyman Raymond Walter, an Amherst Republican, and Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo businessman, came weeks after the …

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CCS Oncology and a related company owe the Internal Revenue Service and New York State a combined $1.78 million in back taxes, according to documents filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Two weeks after the Internal Revenue Service filed a $1 million tax lien against CCS Oncology, the IRS has placed a new $461,000 lien against a related company, CCS Medical, that …

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Kasey Shea was an incredible cook, avid Buffalo sports fan, and one of the top dart players in the city. She also struggled with depression, chronic Lyme disease, and, in the last few months of her life, a series of migraine headaches. She died by suicide last year, several hours after cooking her family a New Year's Day feast. She was 24. "When a person takes their …

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New York State has had the longest and most comprehensive review of learning standards of all the states that are reviewing academic standards, according to a study by High Achievement New York. New York also has the longest implementation timeline, with full implementation, including assessments aligned to the standards, set for  the 2020-2021 year. The group's rep…

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Overnight traffic restrictions set for Tuesday, Nov. 14 will close a portion of the Scajaquada Expressway (Route 198), said a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman. Route 198 westbound near Main Street will be shut down from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, said Susan S. Surdej, the spokeswoman. A posted detour will direct traffic to exit and re-enter R…

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Neonatal intensive care nurse Donna Alessi can think back on the early days of her 45-year career in Buffalo and recall the helplessness of holding dying babies. “It was sad,” she said. “I remember sitting there – and it would be any of us – with a baby who had a heartbeat, and there was nothing we could do. Now we save them. They go to school. They go to coll…

Incumbent mayors won from Buffalo to New York City on Tuesday, except in Syracuse, where an independent candidate from a prominent Republican political family beat a Democrat who would have been the state's first Latina female mayor. Due to term limits, two-term Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner couldn't run for a third term in Syracuse, setting up what became a neck-and…

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Yellow rose petals blanketed a patch of green grass at the grave of a suffragist and civil rights activist in Forest Lawn on Tuesday morning after a ceremony to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote in New York State. The flower petals accompanied a few bouquets that leaned on the headstone of Mary Burnett Talbert, remembered by elected officials and members…

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After initially avoiding questions about the departure of economic development chief Sam Hoyt, state officials have responded with reaction and details of how a case of alleged sexual harassment was handled. The Buffalo News posed several questions to the Cuomo administration last week after Hoyt, a former assemblyman who was regional president of the Empire State Devel…

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Stephen and Linda Lisicki know each other so well that they can finish each other's sentences. It happens when you've been married for more than a half century. But health scares in recent years have changed the dynamics in their relationship. When Stephen needed two stents and a pacemaker last year, he and his wife were amazed that a couple of short procedures did the …

Erie County

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office on Tuesday released details on the construction schedule for the move to cashless tolling over the Grand Island bridges. While the tollbooths in the Town of Tonawanda and on the northern end of Grand Island are being removed, the $1 toll motorists pay will remain. Here's the timetable for the project, which state officials say will be co…