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Advocates renew push for reform after corruption scandal

Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former associates who worked on his administration’s economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.

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Cheektowaga, NY – There may be help for small businesses in Erie County that suffered damage from December's snow storm. Congressman Jack Quinn says he's seeking Small Business Administration assistance.

"My whole life is in this garage. I can't even fathom how much it would cost to put it back together again," John Drysdale, owner of the Airport Truck and Rental Center on Aero Drive in Cheektowaga, said.

Buffalo, NY – There has been a total change in leadership at the Erie County Legislature.

A weighted vote system, imposed by a federal court, has shifted the majority over to seven Republicans within the County Legislature. Democrat Albert DeBenedetti, who has often sided with the Republicans, defeated Democrat Lynn Marinelli for the chairmanship seat because of the new system. He replaces Charles Swanick. Swanick say the court order was issued on an interim basis and believes there will be a chance to challenge the decision.

Buffalo, NY – My family and I are definitely what you would call pro Buffalo. We think the city is great and has so much to offer. There’s just one problem; we live in the suburbs. We moved out of the city almost as if by accident some thirteen years ago. Call it the fault of mid-80s real estate, but by the time we had found our perfect house after two years of searching in Buffalo, the house just happened to be in the suburbs. We’ve been checking the home finder for Buffalo real estate every Saturday ever since our move.

Buffalo, NY – Four more Buffalo schools have been placed on the state's School Under Registration Review -- or SURR -- list. They are Schools 38 and 53 and Burgard and Kensington High Schools.

Schools placed on the SURR list are furthest from state standards in math or English. At the four Buffalo schools, all were cited for poor student performance in math exams. Kensington was also cited for a high drop-out rate.

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki Tuesday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved his request to expand federal snow emergency assistance for Erie and Niagara counties to help pay the costs of dealing with the recent severe snowstorms that hit the region.

FEMA has granted the Governor's request to extend the time period allowed for reimbursement of snow removal operations and critical emergency needs from 48 hours to 120 hours and to lift the $5 million funding cap.

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo resumed regular garbage collection Monday after digging out from record snow fall amounts.

Buffalo residents will no doubt have a lot of garbage piled high. For some, it hasn't been collected since December 26th due to the snow storm.

"Every day, what ever your normal garbage day is, we are asking you to put that out," mayoral spokesman Matt Brown said. "And we'll make sure that we get it on your regular garbage day."

Loudonville, NY – Consumer confidence in New York declined in December after posting gains the previous two months.

The drop in consumer confidence in December was fueled mainly by the New York City area. A survey by the Siena College Research Institute found the index falling 2.6 percent from the previous month.

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo remembered its first chancellor -- and the nation's 13th president -- Monday. It was the 202nd anniversary of Fillmore's birth. Our News Director Mark Scott has attended this ceremony at Fillmore's Forest Lawn gravesite since the 1980s. Having run out of story angles after all these years, Mark assigned Gabe DiMaio to make the trek to Forest Lawn...

Buffalo, NY – Top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Buffalo to assess the ongoing clean-up from the recent record-setting snow storm.

The price tag from the holiday week snow storm that dumped nearly seven feet of snow in the Buffalo area has reached $30 million. FEMA issued an emergency declaration last week that falls well short of that amount. It limited reimbursable expenses to those incurred in a 48-hour period. And local officials were led to believe there was a $5 million cap on aid.

New digs for the Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Suzuki Strings begin offering classes in their own building today.

It?s located right on the banks of the Erie Canal on Webster Street in downtown North Tonawanda. Previously, lessons were offered in a Town of Tonawanda church. But development director Tim Neal says they had to turn students away because there wasn?t enough space.

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The growing list of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile men across industries, including Hollywood and the media, has prompted a fundamental shift in the landscape of such allegations and how lawyers on both sides are handling these cases.

In the weeks since accusations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein surfaced, other allegations have been lobbed at several prominent men, including actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K. and film director Brett Ratner.

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The U.S. military's restrictions on covering abortions can create logistical, emotional, career and health challenges for service members who become pregnant, according to a newly released study.

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Heritage Moments: The hero policeman of Blizzard of '77

The Blizzard of 1977 took 31 lives in Western New York and the Niagara Peninsula, the most vicious, relentless and paralyzing storm in the living memory of a place often battered by brutal winter weather.

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