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Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept his cards close to the vest Wednesday when asked about a potential new Bills stadium during a visit to The Buffalo News. "That's not a big thing. That's a ginormous thing," Cuomo said. "The improvements in the stadium were a big deal," he added. "We were very active in keeping the Bills here." A new stadium could cost more than $1 billion, w…

Local News

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo blew into and out of Western New York Sunday afternoon as quick as a Lake Erie gust, cautioning residents about high winds and warning utility companies the state will be scrutinizing their response to the latest storm. Cuomo, who has criticized utilities in the past for not restoring power more quickly after storms, described  as “so far, so good” …

Local News

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is billing himself as "Plan B" for New Yorkers who didn't vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in last month's Democratic primary. Hawkins, who garnered about 5 percent of the vote in finishing third in the 2014 gubernatorial election won by Cuomo, made that his overriding message Thursday as he kicked off his general election …

State

Chalk up another endorsement for New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's re-election bid, as the state's senior U.S. senator added his name and political heft to the growing list. In backing Cuomo for another term, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, also the Senate Minority Leader, cited the governor's "deep record of meaningful, progressive accomplishment – something he will only contin…

Columns

Stephanie Miner acknowledges the obstacles. The former Democratic mayor of Syracuse, a graduate of the University at Buffalo law school, is running for governor as an independent. No candidate from west of Albany has been elected governor since Republican Nathan Miller, also a Syracuse lawyer, defeated Al Smith in 1920. And if you go through the list of New York's gover…

Local News

Preliminary work has begun on the $22.5 million project to restore car traffic to Main Street south of Exchange Street, with the entire effort expected to last into 2020 so it doesn't interrupt activities at Canalside, HarborCenter or KeyBank Center. The long-awaited Lower Main Street initiative – part of the larger Cars Sharing Main Street project from Tupper Street so…

Business

Western New York was awarded $68.8 million in the latest round of state funding for economic development projects. Its total ranked sixth highest among the 10 regions that were awarded funding at a presentation in Albany on Wednesday. Central New York received the largest allocation of funding, at $86.4 million. The $68.8 million will go toward 112 Western New York p…

Columns

It might seem to be a political opportunity for Stephanie Miner. The Democratic mayor of Syracuse has been at odds with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for years. She leaves office in January because of term limits, and she has spoken openly about a possible challenge to Cuomo for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Miner woke up Sunday to learn Lisa Marie Cater, a Weste…

Local News

If there were any doubts about tensions hovering over Albany this budget season, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s foray to Buffalo confirmed it all. Two hundred and eighty miles west of deliberations in the Capitol, the governor’s pointed criticism of Democratic and Republican legislators underscores a standoff that Cuomo says threatens his $500 million economic development propo…

Columns

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had shared the story before. In a “State of the State” speech last week at the University at Buffalo, a speech in which the governor promised another $500 million in state investment in Western New York, Cuomo spoke of the late Tim Russert as “the first person who used to bring me out to Buffalo.” That was in the early 1980s, Cuomo said, when he and…

Niagara County

NIAGARA FALLS — The New York Power Authority has recently approved spending $3.5 million to begin the final design phase for the Niagara gorge project, which will remove a two-mile stretch of the former Robert Moses Parkway, recently renamed Niagara Scenic Parkway, and turn it into green space. The funds are part of a $42 million plan, announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo …

Politics

Making his second visit to the Buffalo area in two weeks, former President Bill Clinton came to town on the eve of the New York State primary to drum up energy and support for his presidential candidate spouse. Bill Clinton, husband of Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has made several stops Monday before heading to Rochester in the af…

Politics

Making his second visit to the Buffalo area in two weeks, former President Bill Clinton came to town on the eve of the New York State primary to drum up energy and support for his presidential candidate spouse. Bill Clinton, husband of Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has made several stops Monday before heading to Rochester in the af…

With a driving ban still in place in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills will not practice for a second straight day. What that means for the status of Sunday's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the New York Jets is still up in the air, but the likelihood of it kicking off as scheduled at 1 p.m. seems to be decreasing by the hour. The NFL announced today that it would con…