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Plans to expand the Metro rail from the University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo to the North Campus in Amherst ran aground in the 1980s and 1990s in the face of stiff community opposition and a lack of funding. Residents and officials who didn't support bringing the Metro rail into Amherst back then say they didn't want construction tearing up their neighborhoods …

No one can accuse State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of lacking a sense of humor or wanting in his knowledge of “Seinfeld” trivia. In a news release this week about the indictment of a phony architect who scammed more than 100 commercial and residential property owners out of nearly $200,000 by pretending to be a licensed and registered architect, Schneider…

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has made the rare decision to hold an in-person, public hearing to decide whether Carl P. Paladino can remain on the Buffalo School Board. Elia's decision comes nearly four months after Paladino's racially charged comments about former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama elicited intense public calls…

Long-anticipated election law complaints against Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon and two others are expected to be lodged Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Three sources familiar with the situation say Pigeon and two long-time associates ‑ Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff ‑ will face felony complaints of election law violations. Another source indic…

Buffalo is blooming into a city of beautiful bridges. Instead of the utilitarian spans reminiscent of Soviet-style bleakness, transportation planners are now summoning the city’s rich architectural and historical heritage as they erect a series of new bridges across major highways. Over the past several years, the state Department of Transportation has led the way …

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed a new top aide Monday, naming his already-close advisor, Melissa DeRosa, as secretary to the governor. The administration said DeRosa is the first woman to hold the post. Departing back to the private sector is William Mulrow, who served Cuomo as secretary since the beginning of the governor’s second term in 2015. Mulrow was …

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that it will ask residents living near a Wheatfield landfill to allow soil and groundwater testing on their land. More than 160 current and former residents of the North Tonawanda neighborhood near the Niagara Sanitation landfill have filed lawsuits or notices of claim against the Town of Wheatfield, wh…

A Buffalo preservationist on Monday made a last-minute appeal for a downtown train station as the committee charged with recommending a site prepares to weigh in. Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, has lobbied on behalf of constructing a station just to the south of the existing Exchange Street Amtrak station that would serve train, Met…

Plans to change the configuration of the on- and off-ramps to the New York State Thruway at Camp Road/Route 75 in the Town of Hamburg will be the subject of a public meeting on April 25. The proposal calls for the removal of a bridge over Camp Road and the existing exit and entrance ramps on the south side of Camp Road. The proposed project also calls for the construct…

What if the state audits a payroll and finds no payments that raise alarms? In the case of the Eden Central School District, auditors from the state comptroller's office said school employees were paid properly, but still suggested the district update its internal controls. An audit to see if the district accurately paid salaries and wages from July 1, 2015 to Dec. 6…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he was "proudest” of the new state budget over any previous one, even if it was forged in one of the Capitol’s most contentious sessions of recent memory. But he acknowledges that President Trump's budget plans pose threats to key provisions. And he assigned to New York’s congressional representatives the responsibility of ensuring that e…

About 32,000 students would benefit from the state's new tuition-free scholarship program for State University of New York colleges, the Cuomo administration projects. Roughly 180,000 students attending SUNY colleges or universities currently pay no tuition, because it's fully covered by the state's Tuition Assistance Program and federal PELL grants, according to Robert…

For years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a hard-line approach to reforming New York's schools, calling on the state to mandate rigorous evaluations for teachers and to turn schools that fail to meet certain standards over to an outside receiver to operate. Now, the governor appears to have stepped back from the reform agenda he touted when he first took office. During a…

The move of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is proceeding, but that hasn’t prevented two legislators from trying to stop it. Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns Tuesday asked for a federal investigation into deaths at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Documents obtained under the Freedom…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will visit the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Tuesday morning to talk about the recently approved state budget. Cuomo is scheduled to be at the Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith Sr. Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue at 10 a.m. The newly passed $163 billion state budget includes provisions on a number of high-profile issues, including: Free …