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ALBANY — Advocates for local governments are pushing back against a Cuomo administration plan to speed up the siting process for renewable-energy generating plants.

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The race for Niagara County Sheriff is competitive with former sheriff’s deputy Brian Grear announcement of his candidacy. 

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Unprecedented numbers of people visited Kenan House Gallery over the weekend to participate in The Art of Suffrage interactive exhibit, according to co-chairs Ellen Martin and Mary Brennan-Taylor. For the first time in recent memory, two related Kenan Arts Council-sponsored Tea and Tours sol…

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ALBANY — The termination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and some felonies in New York has become increasingly unpopular with voters, a new Siena College poll has determined.

NIAGARA FALLS — Parking can be challenging at the annual Art of Beer, which is one of the most successful fundraisers held annually at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center on Pine Avenue.

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Democrat is raising questions about the Transportation Security Administration’s use of the China-owned video app TikTok, citing potential national security concerns and a ban by the Department of Homeland Security.

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About 55 parish volunteers, clergy, and Catholic Charities’ staff attended a volunteer training workshop Saturday to help kick off Appeal 2020 for Catholic Charities in Niagara County.

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Dominick Grossi, a local veteran icon who was killed in Iwo Jima, will be featured on a television program this weekend, according to his niece, Donna Branch. 

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The National Weather Service in Buffalo describes the current winter season as “mild” and “below average,” but after an anticipated warmer weekend, temperatures and precipitation will then begin to be more in line with yearly averages.

Niagara County's former public information officer — who was the subject of disciplinary action last year after he used the county email system to distribute the campaign reelection announcement of a sitting lawmaker — is currently working at a new job in county government. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor is offering to allow federal officials access to the state’s motor vehicle database but not to drivers’ Social Security numbers in an effort to persuade the Trump administration to let state residents back into Global Entry and other frequent traveler programs.

The owners of Fantasy Island have drawn attention from the New York State Attorney General’s Office after dozens of people who purchased season passes and other advance goods and services expressed concern about getting refunds in the wake of the amusement park’s announced closure. 

LOCKPORT -- A Falls man, who pleaded guilty to abducting, beating and raping a woman, then chaining her in the basement of his Monroe Avenue home, told a Niagara County Court judge on Friday that he wants to withdraw his plea.

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Falls police say they are investigating the death of a 3-year-old child, but that the case has not been ruled a homicide.

Connor Hoffman/Staff Assistant Chief Joseph Prica, Captain James Keleher, Lieutenant Chris Lane and Lieutenant Joshua Wolck.

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Lockport Fire Department conducted a special ceremony Thursday in which four firefighters' promotions were recognized and three probationary firefighters were sworn in. 

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TROY — The nation's top immigration enforcer assailed New York's law blocking his investigators from accessing driver license records Thursday, arguing the so-called Green Light law has weakened the war on terrorism.

The state of New York is embarking on an advertising blitz aimed at educating residents and business owners about the upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags, which begins on March 1. 

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Niagara County will once again employ a contracted grant writer, in an effort to attract funding for operations from the state and federal governments and private organizations. 

James Neiss/staff photographerMayor Michelle Roman delivers her State of the City address Wednesday night in Common Council chambers. 

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In her second State of the City address, Mayor Michelle Roman highlighted her administration's accomplishments and goals for the city. 

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, defending a controversial law that prevents federal law enforcers from accessing computerized records of New York drivers, contended Wednesday that immigration officials would misuse the data in order to deport undocumented immigrants.

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Members of two city unions haven’t had a pay raise in eight years and an attempt to change that failed on Wednesday. 

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ROCHESTER (AP) — A western New York man was charged Wednesday with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Adam Schiff because he was angered over the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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An assistant chief at Lockport Fire Department has reached a possible settlement with the city after he filed court papers to have his demotion overturned.

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At its Tuesday night meeting, the Niagara County Legislature presented a check for $75,000 to the Lockport Locks Heritage District in support of the Lock Tenders tribute monument.

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Longtime supporters of Fantasy Island had their worst fears confirmed on Wednesday as representatives from the amusement park announced the permanent closure of the Grand Island mainstay. 

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A former employee of Lockport Police Department is suing the city for denying his request for benefits awarded to officers injured in the line of duty, after he suffered a permanently disabling leg injury during police academy training. 

A Buffalo mom, wanted by Falls police since she abandoned her 10-month-old son in a room with an ice machine at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort, was captured Tuesday by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

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LOCKPORT — Falls minister, the Rev. Jessie Scott, stood in front of the members of the Niagara County Legislature Tuesday night and told them that children in the county needed to see "more people who look like me" in public jobs.

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LOCKPORT — A public not-for-profit that supports open government and students from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School are teaming up to force Niagara County, the Niagara County Board of Ethics and the Niagara County Legislature to release financial disclosure statements o…

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ALBANY — With New York's presidential primary now 10 weeks away, state Democrats are grappling with internal bickering and sniping among supporters for the competing candidates seeking the party's nomination.

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President Donald J. Trump weighed into New York's 27th Congressional District race on Tuesday with a tweet offering a "complete endorsement" of state Sen. Chris Jacobs in the special election.