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The new county 2019 budget has been signed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. But the county's comptroller is blasting the spending plan.

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Years after the demolition of the old War Memorial Auditorium was complete, steps are finally being taken to fill-in the hole-in-the-ground next to Canalside.

New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says cleaning up Tonawanda Coke could take years. Seggos toured the River Road site this week to get a first hand look at the contamination left behind.

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Local experts are weighing in on the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, signed by the leaders of the three countries last Friday.

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Can "social and economic justice" be brought about by legalizing marijuana? That's what advocates of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act are calling for.

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The Cuomo Administration has taken a lot of heat over the Riverbend project on South Park Avenue in Buffalo. The current home of "Tesla's Gigafactory 2" cost New York state taxpayers $750 million to build in 2014. And the jobs promised were slow in coming. But the solar panel factory has seen significant growth in recent months. 

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A large employer in the Village of Akron is celebrating a major milestone. Family owned Perry's Ice Cream is celebrating its 100th birthday.

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New Era Cap Company says it is considering ending operations at its plant in Derby, effective in March. The facility employs more than 200 people.


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Medical marijuana is a booming industry in New York State. Legally, it's been available since the start of 2016 - and word about its benefits are spreading. Patients need to be certified - and their numbers have skyrocketed more than 300 percent since August 2017. To help meet growing demand, a new medical cannabis dispensary will be opening in Buffalo.

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Even though many companies are scambling to find employees - a job fair was held in Tonawanda, Thursday, for recently laid off workers.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has named the first recipients of its newly established Blue Fund.

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Free transportation to the polls is available, in Erie County, for voters with disabilities.

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Election Day 2018 could usher in a new era of Democratic control in the state legislature. The Dems have a firm grip on the Assembly. But Republicans only hold a one vote majority in the Senate - and competitive races are underway in several districts downstate.

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Despite the president's heated claims about refugees and immigrants - a local organization continues helping new arrivals. The International Institute of Buffalo has been welcoming immigrants to Western New York for 100 years. 


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If local Democrats turn out in large numbers and vote the party line Tuesday it could spell trouble for state Senator Chris Jacobs. The Buffalo Republican is seeking re-election in the 60th district where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by a nearly two-to-one margin.

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Funding has been awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo to continue providing services for victims of human trafficking.

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Just two out of the three candidates in the 27th Congressional District race turned out for a debate Tuesday at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda.

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The redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel plant site, in Lackawanna, took a big step forward Monday.

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Election Day 2018 is less than a month away - and that means time to register to vote is running out. The deadline is Oct. 12.

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Former political operative Steven Pigeon pleaded guilty to a federal election law violation in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday.

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New regulations to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace are now in effect in New York State.


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The latest Labor Department figures show the U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 percent - the lowest level since December 1969. That's causing challenges for some businesses. But a new survey shows optimism about the economy continues to grow. 


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills is "not in the cards right now."

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A law designed to keep some teenagers out of the adult criminal justice system is now in effect in New York state.

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Wayne Kozak, of Eden, will learn his fate next month for murdering his mother, 79-year-old Mary Kozak, on April 20, 2017.

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Financial help is on the way for the City of Niagara Falls.

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The Buffalo skyline is changing. Crews have started removing the old red Adam's Mark signs from the drab concrete building at the Church Street exit off the I-190 downtown. The new owner is planning to restore the hotel's grandeur and expand it to fill the need for a new Convention Center.


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A new national Data Management and Resource-Sharing Center to fight cancer is being established on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded $6.28 million for the project from the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

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The fatal shooting of Rafael "Pito" Rivera, by a Buffalo Police Officer, last Wednesday, topped Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council's Police Oversight Committee.

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Indicted congressman Chris Collins will remain on the ballot in the November election in the 27th District.

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