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ALBANY – Legislators, en masse, fought back Friday against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission by asking federal courts to quash subpoenas issued by the panel for names and other activities of their private law firm businesses.While Senate Republicans in the past had been alone in going the legal route, they were joined Friday by Assembly Democrats, several S…

Lifestyles

Dina Lohan must volunteerA judge has referred Lindsay Lohan’s mother to a community service program, saying volunteering could help her alleged drunken-driving case.Newsday reports the judge Thursday also ordered Dina Lohan to get an independent treatment evaluation. He set her next court appearance for Jan. 7.Lohan was arrested Sept. 12 following a traffic stop on Long I…

Politics

ALBANY – Rob Astorino, the leading Republican considering a challenge to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo next year, said he came away from a meeting with GOP governors in Arizona this week convinced that the party is not writing off New York to the Democrats.“Nobody has written off anything,” the Westchester County Executive told The Buffalo News on Friday after returning from severa…

A Buffalo man who ran several debt collection companies here must pay $165,000 in restitution and penalties for illegal practices in trying to collect debts under a settlement with the state. Joseph Bella III, who operates Check Systems DBA Lighthouse Recovery, agreed to stop collecting on payday loans, which are illegal in New York, according to State Attorney General Eri…

When Alain E. Kaloyeros, hailed as a visionary for turning nanoscience research into a billion-dollar industry, got out of a car parked on South Park Avenue outside of a nondescript tract of land in May, he declined a big tour. “He indicated that he liked the feel of what he saw,” said Peter M. Cammarata, president of Buffalo Urban Development Corp. “We spent relatively a …

Buffalo

The Cuomo administration is committing $225 million – the biggest single investment by the state in a new business venture in the Buffalo Niagara region – to try to turn Western New York into a Silicon Valley for green-energy companies.The massive investment, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the funds pledged through the Buffalo Billion initiative, is part of an all-…

Buffalo

Leave it to Alain E. Kaloyeros, the salesman-scientist with the outsized personality, to succinctly explain how a clean-energy campus planned for a South Buffalo brownfield is connected to his multibillion-dollar university research megaplex in Albany.The $1.7 billion high-tech development eyed for the former Republic Steel site here won’t make computer chips, so how will …

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is hoping to duplicate in Buffalo the success the state had in turning the Capitol District into a hub for nanoscience.But Cuomo’s announcement for a $225 million state investment in a Buffalo hub for high-tech and green energy businesses doesn’t involve nanotechnology.Cuomo is hoping the economic development model that was so successful in Albany can …

Ford Motor Co. formally announced today an expansion that will create about 350 new jobs at the Stamping Plant in the Town of Hamburg.A $150 million investment will expand production and create the need for a third shift to handle the increased capacity, the company said.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on hand for the announcement at the plant, praised the workers at the facility for t…

Buffalo

In the largest down payment on his Buffalo billion-dollar commitment, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this morning announced the creation of a clean-energy research campus on 90 acres of land along the Buffalo River that will include two tenants investing $750 million apiece to create a total of 850 jobs. The initiative will be dubbed Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub @ …

Buffalo

In the largest down payment on his Buffalo billion-dollar commitment, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this morning will announce the creation of a clean-energy research campus on 90 acres of land along the Buffalo River that will include two initial tenants moving from California to create 850 jobs.-----Live updates at 10:30 a.m.: Get the latest from today’s announcement on BuffaloNe…

Politics

One week after President Obama offered to let people keep their canceled health insurance plans for another year – if their insurers agreed to renew those plans – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced they won’t have the chance in New York.Insurers here had been waiting for instructions on how to proceed since Thursday, when the president responded to heavy criticism by agree…

ALBANY – The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York’s SAFE Act gun-control law.The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group’s lawsuit against the state over the gun and ammuni…

ALBANY – The nation’s largest trucking trade group is suing to end New York Thruway drivers paying to operate the state’s canal system.The American Trucking Association is asking a federal court in Manhattan to halt the practice that has seen more than $1.2 billion worth of Thruway toll revenues over two decades diverted to pay for the Erie Canal and other waterways around…

Erie County

In the wake of the horrific deaths of two children, a number of witnesses Thursday told a State Assembly panel about other children they said were beaten and abused and how Erie County Child Protective Services failed to take action.They included: • A mother telling of how her ex-husband made home movies of their son and another boy play-acting scenes in which the son was…