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The Bills can spin it any way they choose, but they were asking for problems last week when acquiring Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It seems only a matter of time before the talented wide receiver from Riverside High and Syracuse finds trouble again.Williams was obtained for a sixth-round pick, which ever-optimistic Bills fans viewed as a bargain for a playe…

Pat LaFontaine finally broke his silence Sunday, but he refused to elaborate about the events leading to his unexpected departure from the Buffalo Sabres. LaFontaine was hired to bring leadership and peace to the organization but instead, his exit 3½ months later led to another chapter of turmoil for the franchise. LaFontaine confirmed he would return to his post with…

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andre Reed, at long last, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, and the moment immediately stoked a community’s pride.Buffalo Bills fans began to plan another pilgrimage to Canton, Ohio. Off in Charlotte, N.C., his former general manager felt a similar tug on the heartstrings.“The first thing I said when I…

   By Robert J. McCarthy   The Hollywood Reporter described the fund raising event featuring big time movie executives staged in Los Angeles Thursday evening as "high wattage."   And there is no doubt the governor's campaign fund managers will describe the result as "big bucks."   The California entertainment…

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- The governor is off in California today for tonight's big fundraiser -- couples are being asked to give up to $50,000 apiece -- at the Los Angeles home of Fox Film Entertainment Chairman Jim Gianopulos. The event is being hosted by an array of Hollywood insiders, whose companies have benefited from film tax breaks by New York state that have …

Efforts to save farmland and open space across Erie County were detailed in a story that ran Tuesday in The Buffalo News. But for a better picture of the development pressure facing some of these suburban towns here is a map showing protected farmland and open space, in green, against the backdrop of single-family parcels, in tan. The map was created by Enterprise Editor P…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's comments Friday about extreme conservatives having no place in New York have generated a lot of interest over the last week. Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone on Wednesday called the comments by Cuomo “the best example of extremism I’ve heard for a long time.” The complete audio of Cuomo's "The Capitol Pressroom" interview conducted by Susan Arbetter ca…

Bishop Richard Malone, in a video posted to YouTube, addressed New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's statement last week that "extremism" had no place in New York State politics. "I think that comment is the best example of extremism I've heard for a long time," the bishop said in the roughly minute-and-a-half-long clip.

     By Robert J. McCarthy   If you thought Buffalo's Steve Pigeon is EVERYWHERE in Erie County politics, he is.    He's also EVERYWHERE in politics, period.    After Politics Now reported a few days ago that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would travel to Los Angeles Thursday for a major fundraising event, we wondered if th…

The formula for building better suburbs isn’t a mystery. Just look at East Aurora or the Village of Hamburg or the Village of Williamsville – concentrated suburban pockets offering stores, shops and restaurants within walking distance from the surrounding neighborhoods. The question is, how can the suburbs do more of this? That’s the focus of tonight’s forum in Williamsvil…

  By Robert J. McCarthy   A group dedicated "to advance a progressive agenda in Congress" has ranked Rep. Tom Reed as leader of New York congressmen in voting to support tea party issues in Washington.   In its Tea Party Scorecard, Americans United for Change gave Reed a 75 percent rating for backing the conservative movement's …

By Tom PreciousAlbany -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a new genome research facility in Buffalo "will create an entirely new industry for Western New York.'' The center, which administration officials say will see a $100 million state investment, envisions collaboration between the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a new genome research grou…

By Tom PreciousALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking lawmakers to continue to give special attention to upstate areas that have been economically battered for decades. "The state, besides the Capital District, in many ways forgot the rest of upstate New York,'' Cuomo said.He is calling for a new genome research center in Buffalo, additional tourism opportuni…

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is wasting no time delivering a re-election speech, spending the first part of his State of the State speech going through what he believes are the accomplishments during his three years in office."New York was literaly a joke on late night tv,'' Cuomo said of the period before he became governor.Despite some nasty…

  By Robert J. McCarthy   Bishop Richard J. Malone, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will be part of the State Legislataure's opening ceremonies Wednesday when he delivers the invocation at the opening session of the Senate.   Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, invited Malone to offer the invocation.   "It is a great ho…