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Rural Metro's response times in the city of Buffalo, according to Mayor Byron Brown, are "are absolutely a concern." In response, the ambulance company says that it is focused on improving its performance.

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Governor Cuomo says a key vote on the next installment of the Buffalo Billion project is merely postponed, not canceled, and he denies that he’s feeling “defensive” about the widening federal probe of his administration’s economic development projects.

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From education to tougher criminal penalties to more access to treatment, a New York State Senate task force report recommends four dozen changes that they believe will put a dent in the continuing deadly opioid epidemic.

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The ranks of the Buffalo Police Department could become more diverse, based on numbers disclosed Tuesday. Mayor Byron Brown says just over half of the 2,468 people who have applied to take the city's police exam in June are minorities and 29% are women.

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For the second consecutive year, the Town of Grand Island is ready to play host to a popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This year, organizers of the Gus Macker Tournament are adding more events that they believe will make the weekend even more family-friendly.

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The toll bridges connecting Grand Island with the rest of Western New York are as common to commuters as pot holes in April. However, Nathan McMurray is taking a fresh look in his first year as Grand Island Supervisor. "Does this make sense in this day and age to have people out there collecting dollar bills?"

Mental health professionals would be banned from practicing conversion therapy with patients under the age of 18 for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation under a measure passed by the State Assembly.

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Unusually long lines clogged Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Monday. It's part of a trend forming at airports around the country, one that Senator Charles Schumer believes can be alleviated with more canine patrols.

More summer events planned at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

May 17, 2016
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Officials have planned a long list of activities that they hope will draw thousands of people to Buffalo's Outer Harbor this summer. While previewing the events at Wilkeson Pointe on Monday, officials introduced the managing team, one which sprouts from a longtime Buffalo company.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute is celebrating the official opening of a new clinical building on its downtown Buffalo campus. A procession of cancer survivors and institute staff carried flags into the front lobby as dignitaries marked the beginning of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center.

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The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station would be better protected from a future round of base closings under a plan unveiled Monday.

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The SPCA Serving Erie County broke ground Monday for a new shelter and clinic in West Seneca. It has been more than 50 years since the SPCA first located to Ensminger Road in Tonawanda, but now construction has begun on a state-of-the art shelter at 300 Harlem Road. 


At the White House Monday morning, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Valor to 13 police officers noted for their bravery and valor while in the line of duty, including one from Western New York.

Despite his claims of support for agriculture, many New York farmers believe Governor Cuomo is supporting policies that will hurt their industry.

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While much has been made recently over the lack of American manufacturing, one local retail business is finding success selling goods entirely made in the United States. Elma's Made in America Store is responding to demand by moving to a store that is three times larger than its original location.


Gosy & Associates re-opens today after a two-week closure.

The Buffalo Connection: Diane English

May 16, 2016
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Tim O'Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country profiling people who were raised or educated in Western New York and have gone on to become pop culture influencers. His series is called The Buffalo Connection.

Sunday's paper included his latest installment, a profile of Diane English, the creator of the hit TV sitcom Murphy Brown. At 67, English is working on a project that may bring her back to the forefront of groundbreaking television.

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Improvements are coming to a section of Buffalo's Schiller Park, courtesy of a $298,000 allocation from the Common Council.

To help job seekers in targeted local areas, the New York state Labor Department has opened five satellite career centers. The initiative, known as the Western New York Employment Strikeforce, is modeled after a successful program in the Bronx that has secured over 17,000 job placements since its launch in 2014. The initiative includes business-driven, skills-based training, to help the unemployed land a stable job.

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The president of St. Bonaventure University was recognized by Pope Francis yesterday.

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With the recent announcement by Solar City that job creation at the plant will be drastically reduced, concerns are being raised.

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City, state and community leaders gathered in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood on Friday to announce an agreement aimed at protecting residents of the Fruit Belt neighborhood from infringement on parking spaces by employees of the constantly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Buffalo ranks #1 in a new poll of America's Favorite Cities by Travel+Leisure.

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Green energy giant SolarCity is cooperating with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in his investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative.

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The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that M&T Bank has agreed to pay $64 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration that did not meet applicable requirements.

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Many Erie County Republicans are enthusiastically embracing Donald Trump's push for the Presidency. A national author with regional connections compares Trump's popularity and politics with another local GOP stalwart, the late Jack Kemp. 

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A Niagara County deputy sheriff is headed to the White House. Joseph Tortorella will receive the Presidential Medal of Valor from President Obama on Monday for his heroics during a shooting in April 2015.

A Hamburg woman has been sentenced to four-to-eight years in prison for embezzling more than a quarter million dollars from the construction company where she worked.

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County legislators today will receive the recommendations from the Charter Revision Commission. The commission voted on several proposals Thursday night, including one that would extend legislative terms to four years.

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Assemblyman Sean Ryan has decided not to run for the seat being vacated by State Senator Marc Panepinto.