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An Allegany County man was arrested and charged with assault Monday after State Police responded to an alleged dispute in Angelica, according to State Police. After arriving upon the scene in front of a residence on Olean Street, troopers determined that Juston W. Conklin, 26, of Almond, had allegedly caused injury to another person during the dispute, State Police …

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ALBANY – The first clue that Tuesday's State of the State address might prove different from all the others of the past 40 years was the thunderous applause for Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new majority leader of the State Senate. Sure, the Yonkers senator is the first woman and first African-American to head the upper chamber. But more importantly, she is a Democrat, as…

Education

Aug. 1, 1930 — Jan. 9, 2019 James J. Mooney taught industrial arts at Buffalo State College for more than a quarter century, from the mid-1960s until the early 1990s. But he was well known in many places, from Christ the King Church in Snyder to the Amherst cafes where he met friends for coffee every morning and evening after his wife died. His enjoyment of people…

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NEW YORK — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, freshly elected to a second full term as New York's junior senator, said Tuesday she's launching an exploratory committee for a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "It's an important first step," she said in an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS. "It's one that I'm taking because I am going t…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget includes $50 million in targeted aid to help revitalize parts of Buffalo's East Side. The funding, which would be spread out over three years, would include funds to promote mixed-use development and walkable commercial corridors. The state would also spend money on cultural and historical sites. The proposal offered no details, bu…

Buffalo

"Remembering Dr. King: Told by the Youth" will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Monday in the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson Ave. The program will give high school students a chance to express what Martin Luther King Jr. means to them on the national holiday celebrating his birth. The presentations will include original songs and poem…

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Some local Catholics fuming over the Buffalo Diocese’s sex abuse scandal have threatened to hold back on gifts to the church, and the diocese soon will get a better sense of the depth of that anger. Catholic Charities – the human services arm of the diocese – on Tuesday launched its annual appeal and said it will seek to raise $11 million in support of programs that ben…

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A Town of Tonawanda man pulled over Monday night on Buffalo's West Side registered a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to a Buffalo police report. James J. Diati, 56, was stopped by police near the intersection of West Ferry and Barton streets at about 6:10 p.m. Diati was driving west on West Ferry when a police officer saw him driv…

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ALBANY – Sports gambling should be permitted at four upstate casinos, according to the budget plan unveiled today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “It’s here and it’s a reality," Cuomo told an audience at a state theater near the Capitol this afternoon. Budget documents released so far today are silent on precisely how sports gambling would begin in New York. If the four …

Education

Funding to the state's public schools would go up nearly $1 billion under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget, but education advocates were hoping for about twice as much. Cuomo is proposing a 3.6 percent increase, which would bring overall aid to $27.7 billion. During his state of the state address Tuesday, the governor also said he plans to introduce an education e…

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A 13-year-old Southside Elementary School student was charged with criminal mischief after a fight with another student at the school on Tuesday morning, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. Police were called to the school at 10:20 a.m. for a fight between two female students, the spokesman said. Police did not release any further information.

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A glaze of ice from freezing drizzle this afternoon is expected across portions of Western New York, the National Weather Service said. The weather service posted a winter weather advisory for Erie County as well as Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties through 10 p.m. today. "Plan on slippery road conditions," the weather service said. "The hazardous co…

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The company that owns Spectrum cable is getting another three weeks to come up with a plan to sell off its New York business. The state Public Service Commission granted the 21-day extension – until March 4 – to file a plan to exit its New York operations that state regulators ordered the television, internet and telephone service provider to develop in July. The ext…

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Visiting medical students from Italy will soon be able to call a former North Buffalo synagogue-turned-church as their "home away from home" for a few weeks during the summer, if a consortium of college professors achieves their goal. Chartered Professors, an educational company led by seven local college professors, wants to convert a Tacoma Avenue building into a host…

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ALBANY – Adult recreational use of marijuana will be legalized under a plan advanced today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo along with the creation of three new taxes – eventually passed on to consumers – that will total $300 million annually. The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will regulate marijuana from cultivation to retail sales “for the purposes of fostering and prom…