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It's "all hands on deck" at the Buffalo office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, processing emergency repair permits for those whose property along Lake Ontario has been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. "It was pretty straightforward, I'll give them that," Ben Faery of Wilson said. He said he filled out a one-page form and in two days ha…

The picture seemed to explode into life on Facebook. It appeared in the Utica Observer-Dispatch, and it showed "Mr. Utica College" front and center on the stage, on graduation day. His arms were in the air, thrown up with spontaneous passion, cap in one hand while the young man’s face was eclipsed by utter joy. If you wanted the definition of education as triumph, the…

ALBANY -- A group pushing for the removal of Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino took their case Wednesday to Albany, holding a small rally near the office of the state official with the authority to oust or keep Paladino. “He’s the distraction. He’s the disruption. He needs to be removed,’’ Whitney Crispell, a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, sa…

School budgets gained overwhelming approval throughout New York State Tuesday, as well as in the Buffalo Niagara region. According to the New York State School Boards Association, statewide: 99.4 percent of all budgets passed; one is too close to call. 99.9 percent of budgets staying within the tax cap passed. Three of 13 budgets above the tax cap that needed…

Thurman Thomas was quick to blast out word that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had tapped him to be a judge in the inaugural contest for New York’s best craft beers. “#perfectjob,” the NFL Hall of Famer tweeted after it was announced he would join a panel in New York City on May 17. Celebrity chef Mario Batali is another one of the judges. https://twitter.com/thurmanthomas/…

Barbara Albi and her food service staff in the Depew school district generally do their jobs without accolades. May 5 was different. Students across the district celebrated School Lunch Hero Day by drawing thank-you notes, writing poems and giving gift cards. Similar celebrations – inspired by the popular “Lunch Lady” kid’s novels by Jarrett J. Krosoczka …

Typically, Elliott Martynkiewicz keeps his attention locked onto a race. The 23-year-old from East Aurora was battling for the lead Sunday in the 39th annual Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse, a race that climbs steep hills not far from the geographical midpoint of the state, when he noticed the new statue rising above a high place on the course: A mountain goat, with the …

ALBANY – Two months after the Seneca Nation surprised state officials by declaring an end to the tribe’s casino revenue sharing payments to Albany and local communities, substantive negotiations to resolve the dispute have yet to commence. Considering the last time the state and tribe squared off over gambling money the issue was not resolved for four years, such in…

Dozens of SUNY Buffalo State students in recent months have joined people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to walk the campus, grab lunch or take in a movie. This weekend, they'll play flag football. It's all part of the Buff State Best Buddies program, established more than a decade ago to include the differently abled in activities with students. Canisi…

With tens of thousands of people dying every year of opioid overdoses, some advocates are calling for safe injection sites where addicts can inject themselves with illegal drugs using clean needles with a health care worker nearby. A "mock drug consumption room" set up in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo Wednesday afternoon offered a glimpse of how such a site would…

After 62 years, the Thruway's bridge at Exit 57 over Camp Road is coming down. In its place will be a T-intersection from the Thruway entrance with Camp Road, which also is Route 75. "This bridge came up for a decision as part of the capital program," said Jennifer Givner, director of communications for the Thruway Authority. Givner said the review of the bridge l…

Lives will be saved with $16 million in state funding for Western New York to fight the heroin and opioid crisis, officials predicted Thursday afternoon, hours after leaders of towns, villages and cities from across Erie County convened in Williamsville to talk about how to react to the crisis at the local level. "It's hard to find someone these days who hasn't been per…

Have gun, will travel. That's not just the name of an ancient CBS television western. It's also the world gun rights advocates want to live in – and one they will live in if Republicans in Congress get their way. GOP lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill have introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would allow people who have concealed-carry p…

The state has released $200 million in aid for a drug manufacturing plant that Athenex intends to build in Dunkirk, and the company is prepared to hire a construction and engineering manager for the massive project. Those are the most concrete signs of progress yet for the long-delayed project viewed as a potential economic engine for northern Chautauqua County. New …