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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…

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Places in Western New York's hills like Chestnut Ridge, Letchworth State Park and Ellicottville are popular spots to pursue the perfect fall image. NASA released its own image of autumn from an even higher elevation at its Earth Observatory and captured all of the Great Lakes at once. The school-bus sized Terra satellite captured the "true-color" fall image on Oct. 2…

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Sam Hoyt, the former assemblyman who headed the Empire State Development Corp.’s Buffalo area operations throughout the Cuomo administration, has abruptly left state government for the private sector. Several local sources said they received emails Sunday night from Hoyt announcing his departure as regional president of ESD, and he told The Buffalo News on Monday that…

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A billboard asking Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca will be up at Seven Corners in Hamburg through Sunday. The billboard is one of the final efforts in a campaign before a bill preventing the center's move to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is sent to the governor for his signature or veto. It is part of th…

Twenty-one public school superintendents in Erie and Niagara counties on Monday publicly opposed a referendum to hold a constitutional convention in a letter to "partners in education." New York voters will decide whether to hold a convention that could rewrite the state's constitution. The superintendents are concerned that key provisions could be lost in a rewritten d…

ALBANY – A Hudson Valley Republican is the first out of the gate taking a formal step to a run for governor in 2018. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Wednesday filed paperwork with the state elections board creating an account to raise money for next year’s gubernatorial campaign. The Republican has been traveling the state for some time and earlier this w…

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The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors in August, 2018. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have b…

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When James Helminiak of Buffalo first scratched off his winning lottery ticket, he thought something had to be wrong. Instead, everything was just fine – to the tune of $1 million. Helminiak, 52, was introduced Friday as the New York Lottery's latest local big winner. He won the top prize on the New York Poker ticket, which Helminiak has played since 2005. Helmi…

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One of four planes taking 125 members of the New York Army National Guard left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday morning for Puerto Rico. Two more flights were scheduled to leave in the 11 o'clock hour, though the departure times were weather dependent. The final flight is scheduled to leave around midnight. Soldiers with the 152nd Engineer Support Co…

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Buffalo Harbor State Park, located at the southern end of the Outer Harbor, seems inconspicuous despite its 190 acres of rolling waterfront land. But New York State spent $15 million on the park since it acquired the land in 2013, and now 240,000 people a year are visiting it, according to the state. The park is now home to a nautical-themed playground, 1,000-slip mari…

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New York State is giving a $1.3 million grant to the Erie County Water Authority to pay for critical repairs to water transmission systems in Amherst that serve 215,000 customers in the Northtowns but have a history of breaks. The money will pay for 60 percent of the $2.1 million cost to replace a 36-inch transmission main. The most notable water break involving this ma…

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One-hundred twenty-five Buffalo-based members of the New York Army National Guard are expected to leave Thursday to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The flight taking soldiers with the 152nd Engineer Support Company will leave from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Guard members will likely be helping to remove debris and clear roadways in the southern …

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ALBANY – On the eve of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Buffalo area, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday urged New Yorkers to demand an explanation about Republican proposals to eliminate a major federal tax deduction used by millions of state residents. “When Vice President Pence arrives in Buffalo I hope he’s prepared to explain why he…

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Bolstered by a favorable court decision last week, supporters of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center are continuing their fight to prevent a shutdown of the West Seneca facility. Members of the Save Our Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center Coalition are "pleased and gratified" with the decision rendered Wednesday by State Supreme Court Judge Cat…

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ALBANY – Many supporters of the state referendum to convene a constitutional convention are citing as reason the possibilities to diminish incumbent-friendly campaign finance laws, enact term limits and end gerrymandered districts. Other advocates are pressing a much different reason to vote yes: legalization of marijuana in New York. Stymied in their efforts to ge…