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Artifacts from the deadly Attica prison uprising of September 1971, which have been locked away for more than 40 years, will finally be shown to the public, possibly within a few months.“We hope, by the fall, it will all be in place,” Mark A. Schaming, director of the New York State Museum, said Monday. “We hope to make it available to members of the public, other museums …

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Rob Astorino, the newly minted Republican candidate for governor, arrived in Cheektowaga on Saturday and mapped out a plan and a message to win election as the state’s leader, even if voter registration is vastly balanced toward Democrats:Venture into traditional Democratic communities and ask if New York is winning or losing.That is how he won over voters in his home of W…

CASTILE – Fundraising for the planned Letchworth Nature Center began Thurday on the grounds of Letchworth State Park.Rose Harvey, state parks commissioner, was on hand to lend support to the $4.8 million facility. So was Peter Humphrey, who’s chairing the capital campaign that he has contributed $300,000 toward.The four-season Nature Center is intended to add state-of-the-…

The state’s FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program announced awards of more than $350,000 to fund 17 farmers’ markets across New York, with special incentives for SNAP participants and veterans. FreshConnect is designed to help farmers market their products directly to consumers, especially in underserved communities. “Supporting these marketplaces gives communities greater …

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RYE BROOK – Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for governor Thursday and left his convention with unusual ammunition: GOP unity.There will be no ugly party primary and no expenditure of funds to attack other Republicans. Instead, Astorino now focuses his energies and that of his party on the uphill task of trying to oust popular incumbent Democratic Gov. Andre…

Politics

RYE BROOK – For most delegates to this week’s Republican State Convention here, the idea of electing a Republican as comptroller or attorney general fails to register.That’s because Edward V. Regan, of Buffalo, is the last Republican to claim the comptroller’s office – in 1990, and Dennis C. Vacco, of Hamburg, the last Republican attorney general.Still, statewide Republica…

Seven high-tech companies are poised to set up shop in tax-free zones tied to the University at Buffalo, creating dozens of jobs while reaping the benefits of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Start-Up NY economic development program, The Buffalo News has learned.Empire State Development is set to approve the applications filed by UB on behalf of the seven companies, which include l…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s schedule in Westchester County today includes appearing at the new Tappan Zee Bridge with President Obama – which is about as big time as it gets.Republican opponent Rob Astorino will also command attention today in his home county of Westchester: He introduces Chemung County Sheriff Christopher J. Moss as his running mate. Moss is an opponent of the…

Politics

ALBANY – Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has gone deep into rural upstate to tap Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss to be his running mate in his bid to oust Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.Moss is African-American, the first to be on a statewide ticket for the Republican Party in New York history. He is also an avid opponent of the NY SAFE Act and a sportsman, a…

First the bad news: the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive species that kills hemlock trees, has been confirmed in Allegany State Park, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today.On the bright side, early detection – as well as this past winter’s severity of cold – are expected to help limit the spread of the insect in the park.“Thanks…

Designation of yogurt as the official state snack might seem harmless enough, especially when it comes at the suggestion of a fourth-grade class. But state Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer found otherwise when he was grilled by two Democratic colleagues.The downstate senators asked the Clarence Republican for a definition of snack, wanted to know why pretzels or raisins couldn’t …

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ALBANY – The state’s lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy, has resolved Albany’s worst-kept secret: that he will not run again with Gov. Andrew Cuomo as his running mate this year.Unknown, for now, is who Cuomo will choose to be on the ticket with him this year, with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown still, sources say, in the mix of possibilities.Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester…

Crime

The lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the state’s SAFE Act was in Buffalo on Monday collecting signatures from some of the more than 1,250 other plaintiffs in the case to appeal an Albany judge’s dismissal of their suit against the 2013 gun law to the state’s highest court.Robert L. Schulz, of Lake George, said he was confident the plaintiffs from 58 counties across …

Erie County

WASHINGTON – A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on Wednesday, just as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Sen. Charles E. Schumer were stepping up their warnings about the dangers such “oil trains” could pose in New York state.Several hundred Lynchburg residents were evacuated but no one was injured in the incident, the city of 77,000 repo…

Bills

ALBANY – He was one of the legal architects who helped craft the deal to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York. Now, with the death of Ralph Wilson Jr. and the team at some point heading to new ownership, Manhattan lawyer Irwin Raij finds himself being called on again to help find an even longer term solution to keeping the team in the area. The Cuomo administration r…