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The westbound ramp off Route 198 to Elmwood Avenue northbound will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The closure is expected to last four weeks and will allow for dredging and the removal of sediment from Scajaquada Creek, according to a DOT spokeswoman. This work is weather sensitive and will be del…

Hamburg Central was the only school district in the state to lose aid because it did not have a teacher evaluation plan in place by the deadline in 2013. But the last of the aid that was withheld will be fully restored this year. The district expects to receive $241,000 in state “bullet aid” through the efforts of Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office. 'That was all d…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised assistance Friday to Louisiana and Texas -- as residents in the states braced for potential damage from Hurricane Harvey. Cuomo said in a statement that New York knows firsthand the dangers of nature's anger and has felt the damage that extreme weather can cause. "I spoke with Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisi…

How do tolls get collected when tollbooths get ripped out? It's called a "cashless tolling" system, and New York already has it in place at the former Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties. As of earlier this year, it was being added at tunnel crossings and bridges in New York City, and it's coming to the Grand Island bridges in the near future. …

“Harmony is the inner cadence of contentment we feel when the melody of life is in tune.” - Sarah Bran Brethnach By Nicholas Robson - Special to The News Everything seems to move a bit slower on the Empire State Ride. The chirp of morning robins take on a whole new meaning in context, a sense of solitude accompanied with a humble pat on the back of accomplishment…

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 12 primary for state and local offices in New York State. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight Friday and received by the Board of Elections no later than Aug. 23 to be valid for the upcoming primary election. New Yorkers wanting to register in-person may do so at their county Board of…

Carl Paladino was making headlines long before the current controversy that ended with New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia removing him from the Buffalo School Board on Thursday. Here's a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of Paladino's political career: April 5, 2010: Paladino, seeking to tap into the anger of Tea Party supporters an…

Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. That's the ruling today from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, according to the board's attorney. "He is out effective immediately," said Frank W. Miller, the board's attorney. "The commissioner wrote a 33-page decision in which she went through and analyzed and knocked down all the var…

Kenneth Bossert has seen a shift in the ages and backgrounds of patients in his 15 years at the DART methadone clinic in downtown Buffalo but an unfortunate truth that remains: Many who continue to come to the Main Street facility are infected with the deadly Hepatitis C virus. Patients will come in for methadone up to seven days a week, Bossert said, "but regrettably, …

The state Department of Transportation said it is undertaking a comprehensive study of New York's funding of public transportation systems across the state, as two state lawmakers from the Buffalo area press the state for additional funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo…

New York's $104 million plan to turn the Scajaquada Expressway into a lower-speed boulevard will not include restricting the stone arch bridge over Delaware Avenue to pedestrians and bicyclists, state officials said Tuesday. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy last month called for connecting the bridge to Delaware Park's Ring Road, giving pedestrians and bicyclists …

Work started Monday to improve the safety at the intersection of Route 5 and Bayview Access Road in the Town of Hamburg, said Matthew J. Driscoll, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation. The $1.3 million project will close the Bayview Access Road crossover in the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 5 to eliminate cut-through traffic…

The nickname, the story went, came from the old television show, "Bonanza." Joe Enriquez used to tell his friends he was a big fan of the series, and for many reasons he felt an affinity for the Michael Landon character: Little Joe. It is certainly what they called him in Syracuse, at Phil Malara's old Geddes Street barbershop or during his working life or at St. Luc…

Three Canalside projects will each receive $500,000 in state grants. The money will be used for the Explore & More Children's Museum under construction, the planned Buffalo Heritage Carousel and expansion of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. “It’s my belief that with these three attractions we’ll make this more of a year-round destinati…