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Friday's announcement that the state awarded $10 million to the Say Yes Buffalo scholarship program to help cover college expenses for recent Buffalo high school graduates didn’t come as a huge surprise. The grant was made public last year as part of the Buffalo Billion II. The announcement, however, did provide more clarity about the relationship between Say Yes and…

Politics

Two New York City office holders running for statewide posts will campaign in Buffalo Saturday during the annual Juneteenth Festival. Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Council member and candidate in the September Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, will attend the Juneteenth parade beginning at 11 a.m. and then deliver remarks from the festival stage in Martin Luthe…

Local News

The repair of dozens of hazardous dams across New York State has a hefty price tag. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Thursday that municipalities may need to shell out a total of $360 million to patch up dams that could pose a significant flooding risk to residents. And the only dam in Erie or Niagara Counties classified as both high-hazard and unsound by DiN…

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Erie County Democrats have turned to a little-known business consultant to challenge Republican state Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs this fall in a district that often attracted statewide attention and millions of dollars in previous races. Carima El-Behairy, a Buffalo resident who grew up on Grand Island, has been endorsed by local Democrats, party officials said. She is c…

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The state Liquor Authority has launched an investigation into the latest outbreaks of violence at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst as a member of the state Assembly wants to bar the sale of alcohol there. Assemblyman Raymond Walter has joined Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa in asking the authority to revoke the venue's license to sell beer and wine. "A liquor licen…

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ALBANY – A measure to legalize sports wagering in New York is on life support in the Legislature, the state Legislature's top Democrat said Thursday as there appears not to be enough support Assembly Democrats who control the chamber to pass the legislation. Supported by top Senate Republicans, the issue has run into a wall among some Assembly Democrats, who met as a gr…

Nation and World

By David A. Fahrenthold The New York attorney general on Thursday filed suit against President Donald Trump and his three eldest children alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit - to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar gi…

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ALBANY – The cast members – legislators, staffers and lobbyists – are all here. The stage is ready. Yet, in the theatrical stylings that define the frenzied end of the Legislature’s session each year in Albany, it seems as though everyone has forgotten their lines and where to stand. No one seems engaged. No one seems to be bothered much that negotiations are stalled…

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ALBANY – Unknown by two-thirds of the state’s likely voters, Republican Marc Molinaro is down by 19 points against Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to a new poll out today. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than two-to-one, Cuomo would get 56 percent of the vote with 37 percent going to Molinaro if the election were held today, the Siena…

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A state ethics panel may have dismissed sexual harassment charges against former economic development guru Sam Hoyt, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s political opponents have not. Last week’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) conclusion exonerating Hoyt of sexual harassment and assault charges brought by a former state employee is catapulting the issue into the campai…

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Trooper Lawrence W. Lakeman was among as many as 4,000 members of the New York State Police who were sent to Lower Manhattan in the wake of the al-Qaida attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Six years later, Lakeman died of pancreatic cancer, on his 42nd birthday. For the past three years, his widow, Audra Lakeman of Lockport, has been fighting to have…

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Sam Hoyt has been exonerated of sexual harassment and assault charges by the state ethics commission. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics concluded Thursday that Hoyt had not abused his public position when he entered into a personal relationship with Lisa Marie Cater. The commission also rejected Cater's claims that Hoyt had harassed and physically ass…

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ALBANY – It’s become a reliable refrain over the past generation: New York has grown weary of government corruption cases coming out of Albany. That frustration, as it turns out, can be seen bubbling over in the views of some potential jury members in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial. Jury selection in the case begins Monday for the trial starting June 18. In wri…

Business

Davielle Jackson came to Buffalo with big dreams. The Marksville, La., native arrived in recent months, unaccustomed to the climate but intrigued about whether the annual 43North entrepreneurial competition could help put her feminine hygiene business – which almost took the Southeastern U.S. by storm three years ago – back on track. "At one point, I was in my wareho…

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ALBANY – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro pledged Thursday to serve not more than two terms if he is elected this fall and will use the immense powers of the governor over the state budget process to push through term limits for the governor and other elected state officials. Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, told reporters in Albany that state la…