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ALBANY – Some state lawmakers privately grumbled when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his Buffalo Billion program five years ago, but they ended up giving the governor everything he wanted. It’s not 2012 any longer. Cuomo faces a bumpier ride getting approval for his second phase of the Buffalo Billion – $500 million for several projects. “Oh, there’s no doubt about…

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Howard Zemsky's fingerprints are all over Buffalo Billion, Part II. Like Zemsky, the Buffalo developer who serves as president of Empire State Development, the second phase of the Buffalo Billion isn't flashy. It's thoughtful and balanced. It's not aiming for quick hits. Some of its initiatives, like extending the Metro Rail to Amherst and redeveloping the DL&W T…

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Completion of the Darwin Martin House has been tantalizingly close for years. Now, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to push both Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and Graycliff, the summer estate built for Isabelle Martin in Derby, across the finish line. [A closer look: The Darwin Martin House] Both projects would be completed…

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The Buffalo Billion is evolving - and a big reason for that is the changes that have happened in the Buffalo Niagara region over the past five years. When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first proposed the Buffalo Billion initiative five years ago, it was as much of a wake-up call to jar the Buffalo Niagara region's battered psyche as it was an economic development program that pr…

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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a $500 million next phase of his Buffalo Billion economic development program, promising hundreds of millions of dollars for projects intended to spur development in downtown Buffalo, on the East Side, in Lackawanna and Niagara Falls. Cuomo’s most far-reaching proposal may be the state’s embrace – for the first time – of extending th…

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Here's a transcript of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's regional State of the State speech in Buffalo on Monday afternoon at the University at Buffalo. It was provided by the governor's office. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Well it is great to be at UB. Let’s give Satish Tripathi and Nancy Zimpher, a great round of applause for their great work. Really an ext…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he will push to spend $500 million on a second round of the Buffalo Billion program. The money would help fund an extension of the light rail system to Amherst, the purchase of idle land in downtown Niagara Falls and turning some of the former Bethlehem Steel plant property into an industrial park for advanced manufacturing. [Gallery:…

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A second phase of the Buffalo Billion economic development program is expected to be a centerpiece of the initiatives included in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address in Buffalo on Monday. Cuomo tasked Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky with developing a follow-up program for the Buffalo Billion in September, after nine people, including Alain…