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ALBANY – In its precedent-setting decision in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the U.S. Supreme Court last year called his actions “distasteful.” The high court, nonetheless, overturned his conviction. In characterizing the actions of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan federal appeals court Thursday borrowed t…

Those who visit Western New York's newest health food restaurant can expect ceramic bowls filled with greens or whole grains and scratch-made dressings, topped with grass-fed beef, mixed vegetables, organic tofu or free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. There also will be some things you can forget about at CoreLife Eatery (corelifeeatery.com), which official…

Supporters of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center have asked a judge to keep the governor from vetoing a bill that would keep the center in West Seneca. The state Senate and Assembly both unanimously approved legislation that would block the Cuomo administration from moving the children's center in West Seneca to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Cen…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will visit Buffalo this morning for what sources have described as a housing event on the city's East Side. https://twitter.com/TomPreciousALB/status/885310674804633601 The event is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. at the Pratt Willert Community Center on Pratt Street. The governor's office said Cuomo will be in town for "an announcement." N…

Buffalo Public Schools, always strapped for cash, missed out on hundreds of thousands of dollars when it underbilled for providing special education services to students from other school districts, a new state audit found. The audit, released Tuesday by the State Comptroller's Office, showed the district could have received more than $800,000 in special-education reimb…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is scheduled to come to Batavia today to talk about plans for a former dairy plant, according to the Batavia Daily News. HP Hood is proposing a $205 million project for the former Muller Quaker Dairy plant, an endeavor which promises 230 full-time jobs and add a 100,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse, the Daily News reported. Cuomo's visit is…

Out of New York State's 50 largest police departments, Buffalo's is one of only 12 not accredited through a free state program that sets uniform standards. Locally, some smaller departments have been accredited for a quarter century. After years of calls for the Buffalo Police to be accredited by an outside agency that could provide an independent set of eyes on the …

WASHINGTON – It  must seem familiar to New Yorkers of a certain age. Increasingly, their governor talks not just like a governor, but like a president, in phrases that range from the partisan to the poetic. Proof came last month, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took to a convention center stage in New York with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at his side, vowing to try …

The way Dr. Thomas Mahl sees it, Mary Hood is a fortunate one when it comes to his Hepatitis C patients. Hood was diagnosed with the Hep C virus in the early 1990s, when treatments were ineffective and results often heartbreaking. Until this decade, doctors had little to offer when they had to break the news that the virus had quietly ravaged a patient’s liver for …

All but one out of more than 1,400 constituents who responded to Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns' survey said they want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open, the lawmaker said. Kearns, D-Buffalo, said he sent out a survey last week to all the residents in his district, which includes West Seneca, Orchard Park and parts of L…

A half-mile section of Transit Road in Depew, between Walden and Gould avenues, will be closed to all traffic from 9 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday, the state Department of Transportation announced. The closure is necessary to complete demolition of an abandoned Lehigh Valley Railroad bridge piers. Detours will direct motorists to Walden, Dick Road and Broadway. …

Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, president of the Buffalo School Board, has been named vice chairwoman of the Conference of Big 5 School Districts for 2017-18. The Rev. Steve Lopez, president of the Yonkers Board of Education, will serve as chairman. The conference represents New York’s urban school systems including the Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Y…

A $3 million fund to assist new economic development projects in Niagara Falls was announced Friday. The money was obtained through the last two state budgets, but its original source was the state's share of the Seneca Niagara Casino's revenues, State Sen. Robert G. Ortt said at a news conference in downtown Niagara Falls. The money, dubbed the Downtown Niagara Fa…

New York State has decided not to allow the construction of a lodge on Goat Island or anywhere else within Niagara Falls State Park. A request for proposals, issued Friday morning by Empire State Development, says that public opposition caused it to rule out any lodge within the main state park at the falls. "We never wanted the distraction of this lodge element to b…

A dentist who police say posed online as a woman to solicit a 13-year-old Texas boy to perform sexual acts on camera was arrested Thursday in Amherst following an investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Gregg J. Riess, 27, a former University at Buffalo student who is a dentist in New York City, was charged with felony counts of use of a chil…