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Frank Pfonner was one of three officers hired when the Town of Tonawanda Police Department was established 101 years ago. He patrolled the town's roads by motorcycle – chasing down speeders, bootleggers and burglars – and once survived being shot in the face.
Two hundred years ago, ground was broken for the Erie Canal in Rome, N.Y. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, Lake Erie was connected to the Hudson River, meaning goods could travel across the state faster than ever. This began Buffalo’s boom as the Erie Canal snaked through Western New York, ending as the Erie Canal terminus in downtown
A Common Council resolution would require the city to begin enacting a consultant's recommendations to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore landmark.
At 63, Brown seeks to accomplish what no other mayor has ever achieved in the city's 189-year history – a fifth four-year term.
"It's not about making India Walton mayor," the candidate said at a rally earlier this month. "This is about making Buffalo better: creating together the safe and healthy community that we all want, need and deserve."
In “Remnants,” the audience will experience exceptional moments and touchstones from nine years of performance art, reinterpreted for 2021.
With just a week and half until Election Day, both mayoral candidates ramped up their efforts on Saturday, the first day of early voting.
Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez visited Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, for a rally in support of mayoral candidate India Walton. Ocasio-Cort…
Mayor Byron Brown held an early voting rally with his supporters at Cazenovia Park before going to the Delavan Grider Community Center to vote…
Hundreds gathered for a downtown rally featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.
The mayor and his supporters described the election in dire terms, with democratic socialist India B. Walton painted as a threat to Buffalo.
Six years after the city set its sights on redeveloping a vacant parking lot on Ellicott Street, a seven-story building with 201 affordable apartments is ready for its first occupants.
Two months after the fall of Kabul, Abdul Basir was finally reunited with his wife and three youngest children, who had been trapped in Afghanistan.
The Buffalo Bills lost to the Tennessee Titans 34-31 on Monday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Quarterback Josh Allen was stopped on a fourth-…
Tens of thousands of Bills fans headed to Nashville this weekend to cheer on their team for another prime-time performance.
Buffalo Bills fans invaded downtown Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday in anticipation of the Bills' "Monday Night Football" clash with the Tenness…
The Bulls grinded out a 27-26 win against the Bobcats by finishing a 16-play drive in the final 6:19 on Alex McNulty’s 26-yard field goal.
The University at Buffalo Bulls charged back from a 26-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Ohio University Bobcats 27-26 at UB Stad…
"As We See It," a series by The Buffalo News photography staff, takes a fresh look at local landmarks. Each of our photographers provides his …
The Buffalo Sabres open the 2021-22 NHL season on Thursday against Montreal at KeyBank Center. Check out our team's complete preview coverage.
Take an interactive look back at the storm through the lens of Buffalo News photographers in 2006, and again in 2016.
A group of local veterans recently embarked on the first Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight since the pandemic began – an opportunity to visit the nation's great military monuments.
"Anybody who meets Dexter Harris will remember that they met Dexter Harris," said Chris Mackay, operations manager for the Maid of the Mist.
The story of Mamie Kirkland, who died in 2019 at 111 years old, was told Sunday on the North Park Theatre’s screen.
Frizlen Group and BRD Construction are converting the former Barcalo Manufacturing Co. complex – where the famous Barcalounger recliners were …
It's been more than four years in the making, but construction is finally underway on a venture to convert the sprawling Old First Ward manufacturing plant that made recliners into apartments, a restaurant and other uses.
Since September, Grandmaster Flash has been an artist-in-residence at the University at Buffalo.
Rev. Richard “Duke” Zajac has devoted most of his life toward two things: God and the Parochial Baseball League.
Experts are hard at work restoring the organ at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica.
Dan and Katie Hamister decided to disclose their father's vaccine status, and the cause of his death, because they didn't want another family to endure what they've experienced.
The scene inside and outside of Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park as the Buffalo Bills prepare to host the Houston Texans in Week 4 of NFL action.
A double mystery is unfolding after the discovery of two sets of human remains off Woleben Road in the rural Town of Portland.
With tens of thousands of Bills fans trying to enter Highmark Stadium for every home game, how much vaccination vetting occurs?
"We need to do a better job working together with the CWA, and they need to do a better job working together with us to bring this to resolution," said Mark Sullivan, Catholic Health's CEO.
The state-of-the-art Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium in SUNY Buffalo State's Science and Math Complex will open to the public Oct. 8 with showi…
The success of the course this year under its new operator has convinced town officials to invest in Audubon instead of carving it up, Supervisor Brian Kulpa said.
Carly Santangelo teaches a topic overlooked in many other schools: agriculture.
Construction is expected to begin later this fall and be finished in the spring of 2023. Plans call for the two six-story buildings to have a combined 64 apartment units.
After decades of neglect and several years of labor to restore the grandeur of the lower floors, the rest of the Statler is coming back – including part of it as a hotel.
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Washington Football Team 43-21 at Highmark Stadium in a Week 3 showdown on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.
The Buffalo Bills and their enthusiastic fans prepare for the start of the NFL's Week 3 as the 1-1 Bills host the 1-1 Washington Football Team…
Quintasia Livingston was one of 355 people who were shot in Buffalo in 2020, nearly double the toll in 2019.
The land was there. The family support was there. And, with the end of Marina Goody's full-time employment, so was the time to explore new possibilities and learn about starting a small business.
“I think it’s spectacular,” said John Caruso of Brooklyn. “We’ve been waiting to see it ever since we found out about the restoration.”
The Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building at 65 Court St. in Buffalo was erected 1928-1932. Architects of the neoclassical monumental buildi…
“All the missed time from family and sleepless nights responding to EMS calls apparently means nothing to the New York State Department of Health," Ryan O’Connor told The Buffalo News.
Don't miss our coverage of the Buffalo Bills' 35-0 win over Miami in Week 2!
Bills Backers Miami invaded the beach and took over the Elbo Room in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
"We gave no notice to anybody. We just want to work out a couple of kinks and some (technology) issues we had," owner Stuart Green said.
Fans enjoyed a Phoebe Bridgers concert at the outdoor amphitheater at Artpark on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
Here are a few locations to visit with a specialty cheese from each spot, along with some added stops and events you could bundle in.
Nine years ago, Corey McGowan spearheaded the campaign to splash a mural highlighting moments from Grand Island history and notable island features across the back side of an aging shopping plaza.
Concerts at the Outer Harbor divides supporters and foes of a state agency's proposal to transform a derelict former port warehouse into an open-air pavilion.
Around the region, employers are weighing how to make workers feel at ease about coming back to the office.
The fans have returned and the tailgating has begun for the Buffalo Bills season opener against at Highmark Stadium.
A ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park marked the 9/11 attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Western New Yorkers, and Americans, experienced a range of reactions.
The Bolyards, who follow a plant-based diet, grow a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs that they can eat fresh from the garden, or use for baking, grilling or stir-frying.
It started out damp, and there were a few delays, but by Wednesday, students throughout Western New York had walked through the doors for their first day of school.
After two school years like no others, families and educators are starting yet another unique educational experience.
"After 20 years of practice, I’m starting to get the knack," Galarneau writes.
Twirling batons, Irish dancers and a plodding steamroller played parts in a sunny Buffalo Labor Day Parade scene on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.
By feeding people better grain, grown locally, Emily Savage wants to provide choices for people who get sick eating regular wheat, and everyone else.
The National Buffalo Wing Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with its debut at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
“We feel very, very strongly that the campus is one of the safest places in Western New York to be,” said UB Provost A. Scott Weber.
The Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club has been running races in Lake Erie since 1977 and the Wednesday night race is the main event with sailors vyi…
About 100 people, many carrying bunches of blue and white balloons, showed up for the vigil held in honor of 26-year-old Joel Northrup.
In a news release, the workers said they want to hold union elections at three stores: on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, Camp Road in Hamburg and Genesee Street in Cheektowaga.
Buffalo’s downtown stadium has been known by many names: Charles E. Roesch Memorial Stadium, Civic Stadium, War Memorial Stadium, the Rockpile. The following are photos from The News’ archives spanning the life of the stadium, from construction through demolition and the current
School districts and private contractors in New York State are reporting a 15% to 20% shortage in the driver force.
Analysts in the firearms section of the Erie County Central Police Services forensic lab put together incidents of gun violence, like pieces of a puzzle.
“Urban farming, growing … it’s a level of self-sustainability and community-building that I think we’re missing out on,” Candice Burks said.
Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to a 19-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 of the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at Highmar…
Lion cubs Khari (male) and Zahra (female) are two of the favorite animals to see at the Buffalo Zoo. The 5-month-old cubs were born on March 7.
Here are four decorative details Show House visitors can’t miss – and people looking for ideas for their own homes may want to consider.
"Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" that recently opened at the Starry Night Pavilion outside the Eastern Hills Mall lives up to the "…
With his mother’s recipe for blue cheese sauce, and his own trademarked warning: “Medium IS Hot,” he’s an integral part of the Duff’s difference.
Gov. Kathy Hochul was ceremonially sworn into office this morning in the Capitol’s Red Room, just 10 hours after she officially became the 57th governor of New York at midnight.
Kathy Hochul takes ceremonial oath of office as 57th governor of New York.
Ottaviano Asarese's prayers were answered – thanks to a lot of public attention and some eagle-eyed sleuthing on eBay.
Buffalo Bills fans wore the Bills colors and cheered on their team against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.
With “People’s Choice Award” winning director Alejandro Monteverde and Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning producer Jonathan Sanger ("Marsha…
"Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" opens for a limited time in the mobile "Starry Night Pavilion" outside the Eastern Hills Mall. Doz…
"We bear a responsibility to protect the safety of the people of Afghanistan, especially their women and girls, who now face a return to the oppressive Taliban rule," said Eva Hassett, executive director of the International Institute.
Two Buffalo men who served more than two decades in prison for murder were wrongly convicted of the crime, a judge ruled Wednesday, vacating the guilty verdicts lodged against the two as teenagers.
Riding through verdant pastures and picturesque streams flanked by towering trees donning their best foliage provides a unique perspective to appreciate fall’s ephemeral beauty.
Wolcott Farms, 4 Seasons of Fun, at 4085 Quakertown Road in Warsaw, provides guided horseback rides for beginners to advanced riders. On the f…
The last straw came at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, when a male with a handgun allegedly robbed the store two hours after its private security guard had left for the day.
Canadian tourists have helped fill in for the missing Americans. Just as cooped-up Americans traveled close to home during lulls in the pandemic, so did Canadians.
Transplant recipient Diana Donnarumma asked her donor's father Daniel Donnelly Jr. if he would walk her part way down the aisle in her wedding…
Daniel Donnelly Jr. walked Diana Donnarumma down the aisle at her wedding to Conlan Kreher in Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Donnelly's daughter, Heather, was the organ donor for Donnarumma, who had an intestinal transplant in 2017.
Bills and PSE officials insist that a growing list of issues and problems at Highmark Stadium can only be solved by building a new stadium.
Three Niagara County Jail inmates are spending their days – and nights – with dogs, helping train them to serve troubled military veterans.
One hundred years ago this month, Father Nelson Baker embarked on his most ambitious project, a religious shrine to rival the greatest churche…
The region’s gains – driven entirely by residents of color, many likely refugees and immigrants – appeared to vindicate local political leaders who have championed immigration as a means for reversing the area’s long-term shrinkage.
"People will see very early on the kind of person I am and the expectations I have of any team that's ever worked with me," Hochul said. "They know that I always have conducted myself with the highest ethical standards. I believe you lead by example."
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Buffalo native, will step into the top job in New York State after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will resign in 14 d…
As festivals, carnivals and outdoor events come back this summer, organizers are noticing something that bodes well for the Erie County Fair: People are coming back, too.
When the landmark Buffalo History Museum was built as the only permanent structure at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, architect George Cary …
The two-year project returns the park entryway to active use after more than 35 years of inaccessibility, while also creating an expansive 4,400-square-foot gallery.
When everyday Americans finally got their chance to cross the border into Canada on Monday, there were tears of happiness and tears of frustration.
"What I found there thrilled me, the variety of topped breads made to order, tiny dumplings called manti in garlic-yogurt sauce, and of course, iskender," News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau said.
Fishing is a proven therapy that can help cancer patients “handle socialization issues and deal with depression,” said Capt. Ned Librock of Catching Dreams Charters Inc.
The 181st Erie County Fair returns with new attractions, kid-friendly entertainment and plenty of food from Aug. 11 to 22 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Here's the lowdown on buying tickets, what's new, who is returning and how to get deals on midway rides.
The new fair foods for Erie County Fair 2021 show considerable creativity with an ounce of restraint.
With the recent rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, more government agencies and private institutions are requiring that workers get vaccinated.