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The Gowanda Correctional Facility in Erie County is slated to close over the next 90 days. A representative for the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association says some 511 corrections officers and sergeants will be affected by the closing, as will civilian employees.

For generations, Friends of Night People in the Allentown community has been a symbol of a hot meal, warm and dry clothing and an array of the help needed by the city’s homeless population. On Monday, during the longest night of the year, the organization recalled those whose lives were lost in 2020.


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The Buffalo City Swim Racers program has relaunched with a new name and website to encompass its growing activities, now known as City Swim Project.

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While still in the planning stages, a  nature trail is expected to emerge along a former rail corridor that connects to Canalside. While the Western New York Land Conservancy hopes to have a final design for The Riverline later this year, they first are seeking public input through photos.

The Chautauqua County Health department is increasing its COVID-19 testing abilities over the next two weeks. 


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Governor Andrew Cuomo hinted Friday he'd support the possibility of allowing some fans into Bills Stadium for National Football League playoff home games, if the COVID-related statistics were favorable and if a proper plan was ready.

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20 special mailboxes will be coming to neighborhoods across Buffalo’s east side this February, where residents can drop ideas for community development.

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine reached frontline healthcare workers in Western New York earlier this week. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has state the vaccine will not be available to the general public for many months, so the task of reassuring a skeptical community about the vaccine’s effectiveness falls on the shoulders of people like Pastor George Nicholas.


Spectrum says it has doubled the starting download speed of its internet product from 100 to 200 Mbps in 17 markets across the U.S. That includes Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Elmira in New York state.

A mechanical issue forced the shutdown of the NFTA's Metro Rail service for much of the day Thursday.

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The Buffalo Police Department is breaking up its dedicated traffic unit and redistributing its approximately 50 officers among its five patrol districts.

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A local community activist is gearing up her run for the mayor’s office in Buffalo.


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Blood banks typically receive fewer donations during the holiday season, and with COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations across Erie County on the rise, medical facilities need donations more than ever.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday unveiled details of what he calls the “winter plan” for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in New York state.

He said it’s aimed at avoiding further economic shutdowns, and he added that it’s up to New Yorkers to voluntarily limit in-home gatherings in the coming weeks.

The governor also said indoor dining in New York City will be banned, starting Monday.

Cuomo said he does not want another massive shutdown like the one the state experienced in the spring when New York was the epicenter of the worldwide pandemic.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that gyms, salons and spas may reopen but work under restrictions within a designated COVID "orange zone." The move comes as Cuomo says data shows those businesses have not been sources of significant viral spreads. Some owners of such businesses, while pleased they may reopen, say they've been telling the governor all along they could operate safely.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 briefing in Albany on Friday. Watch it here.

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began Thursday evening at sundown. The eight-night “Festival of Lights” is usually marked with family gatherings and shared meals, but of course, celebrations are going to look a little different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Western New York is expected to see its first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine arrive this weekend.


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New Year's Eve is sure to be celebrated differently around the world this year, but organizations in Buffalo are doing what they can to keep a family-friendly tradition alive amid the pandemic.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 briefing in Albany on Wednesday. Watch it here.

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The City of Buffalo’s implementation of school zone speeding cameras is drawing sharp criticism, which handed out nearly 35,000 violations worth $1.7 million in its first week alone. A local attorney is now speaking out saying he thinks the cameras might be unconstitutional.


Some student-athletes who compete in Section VI sports are seeing their season pushed back once again.


Erie County’s Police Reform and Reinvention taskforce met for the sixth time since its formation in September. The 13 member group focused on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, was formed as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order over the summer for law enforcement agencies to examine their policing practices.


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Erie County officials say COVID hospitalization rates have stabilized for now, but are concerned about the numbers to come in the next few days. Earlier in the day, the nation's top infectious disease expert appeared during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID briefing to suggest that without sincere mitigation, the state - and others - will see a dark period in mid-January.

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School’s weren’t forced to close when Western New York’s COVID numbers sparked higher restriction levels, but high testing requirements and other measures left districts between a rock and a hard place. A group of parents are rallying to open area schools back to in-person learning.


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Creating livable communities throughout New York State is a topic which has gained steam over the last five years. A summit hosted by AARP New York on Friday looked at the divergent processes of government and community-run organizations in creating equity in the poorest communities in the state.


GoFundMe.com Flour-by-Rail Legacy Project: Phase I

A Rochester native now living in Buffalo wants to set up a highly-visible display telling the tale of the city's rail heritage. He's currently hosting an online fundraiser to get the first piece fixed and delivered to Silo City.

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Senator Charles Schumer is again calling for implementation of a pre-clearance processing center at the Peace Bridge as another step toward easing traffic congestion, once more travelers are allowed to travel between the United States and Canada.

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Dec. 2 marked new, dubious highs for Erie County, with the highest one-day number of new infections and highest hospitalizations since the COVID pandemic arrived earlier this year.

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Two members of the Buffalo 5 continue to fight to have their names cleared from a 1976 murder. They were at a court hearing Wednesday morning seeking a motion to vacate their original indictment.


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