ALBANY — When he was a freshman lawmaker at the statehouse nearly 50 years ago, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, D-Manhattan, recalls some senior colleagues openly discussing how lobbyists arranged trysts with prostitutes for them.

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The trial of a North Tonawanda man, accused of the 1993 murder of Mandy Steingasser, will get yet another new judge as court officials look to bring the case to trial by the end of October.

A pair of Lewiston women are heading to state prison and the county jail after being sentenced for the abuse of two small children in what Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III called a "chamber of horrors."

ALBANY — Some hospitals and nursing homes in New York began removing workers Monday for failing to meet a state-mandated deadline to get a COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Kathy Hochul pleaded with holdouts to get 11th-hour inoculations.

As the Monday mandate for health workers to be vaccinated came due as dictated by New York state, Eastern Niagara Hospital announced it had achieved a 97% vaccination rate among employees.

Our nation borders their's but until we take the time to visit, or emissaries come to share in things like the New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival, we don’t always always think twice about the indigenous people and traditions formed long before we arrived.

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Lockport High School and Emmet Belknap Intermediate School were closed to all students and staff after an anonymous tip Monday morning, district Superintendent Michelle Bradley confirmed.

ALBANY — The deadline for hospital and nursing home workers in New York state to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arrived Monday with the prospect of severe staff shortages fueled by workers getting suspended or fired for refusing to be inoculated.

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ALBANY — With more than 50 mentally-ill residents having died at state-run psychiatric centers from coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, the lack of a firm vaccination mandate for employees of those facilities is generating concerns.

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The New York State Division of Human Rights has found sufficient evidence to order a hearing into a complaint of employment discrimination against the Democratic commissioner of the Niagara County Board of Elections. 

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The Stand Down is a one-day event designed to provide services and information to all veterans in the Western New York area. After a year away, the Buffalo Stand Down will be returning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. The Stand Down w…

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In recognition of National Recovery and Suicide Prevention Month, the Niagara County Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (NCDMH), in partnership with the Niagara County Opioid (OASIS) Task Force, has launched the “Rise Above the Occasion” Campaign.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday she is prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members, retirees and workers outside New York to address potential staffing shortages caused by an approaching vaccine mandate for health care workers.

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There’s a certain mysticism that comes from Orthodox faiths, a sense of something sacred, Holy and somehow different.

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New York State Canal Corporation is again increasing regulated water releases from the Erie Canal into Lake Ontario tributaries in Western New York to extend fall fishing opportunities, Gov. Kathy Hochul's office announced this week. 

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As the Food and Drug Administration wrestles with approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11, local school administrations and pediatricians sound off on whether existing COVID-19 vaccines should become mandated, much like mumps or measles are.

Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Lisa Schrader reported that there have been 38 identified positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Lockport schools since July 1.

One of several police officers seen on video pinning down Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being detained on a street in upstate New York, could face departmental discipline, the Rochester Police Department said.

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Scirto Jewelers is marking its 75th anniversary at its one and only location in Lockport.

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Danielle Andalora is the owner of Niagara Aquatics, a swim club servicing the communities of Western New York. Throughout the summer, she and her club used the pool at Outwater Park to continue training their competitive team while offering their Learn to Swim program to local residents.

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ALBANY— Bringing health care workers from the Philippines and other countries to replace unvaccinated New York hospital and nursing home staffers is being considered to help facilities with their labor needs, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

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BUFFALO — A second Buffalo teen has been charged in the shooting death of a Lockport man in March.

Officials at Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. improperly helped themselves to tickets for sporting events and concerts, and CEO Henry Wojtaszek failed to account for personal use of his agency-assigned car, according to a pair of audits published Thursday by State Comptroller Thomas …

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Eastern Niagara Hospital will continue operations for 18 more months at its current site on East Avenue, during which time a broker from Hunt Real Estate will be marketing the property to buyers. At the end of that time period, the ENH building will be closed and Catholic Health will open th…

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Lexi Sonberg, 24, has four kids under age 4, two stepsons, a job at a local pizzeria, a new house and is engaged. Anyone else might’ve said, “No!” to any more projects, but Sonberg is of the mind that she’s got more to give.

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ALBANY — New York state has stopped paying legal bills for state employees who worked for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he faced ongoing investigations on the state and federal level.

LOCKPORT — A Falls man, awaiting trial on a murder charge, is already on his way to state prison for his guilty plea to charges stemming from his arrest in that case.

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The Niagara and Orleans counties Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency (CLEAR) Initiative held a public webinar Tuesday night in which risks and opportunities were presented by representatives of Ramboll, a consulting engineer group.

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A Niagara County official said the Department of Health is aware of one positive case of COVID-19 at Lockport Rehabilitation & Nursing Home, but that no alarm bells have been rung of an outbreak amongst the most vulnerable population.

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Wheatfield Gardens LLC, a hemp/cannabis cultivator, and Herbolea Biotech Srl, an Italian biotechnology company, have announced an agreement giving Wheatfield the exclusive New York state rights to utilize Herbolea’s technologies for cannabinoid hemp extraction and purification.

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Orlean County District Attorney Joe Cardone released details on the kidnapping incident in Orleans County Sunday that led to a high speed-chase into Lockport.

The July 20 flood-related Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Lockport is ceasing operations at 4 p.m. today due to a steady decrease in activity, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced.

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An artistic and entrepreneurial couple were denied their permit by Newfane officials to set up a cafe at a former funeral home in Newfane this past week.

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OLCOTT — Several dozen members of the Lockport Connection attended the online group's annual picnic Sunday at Krull Park, where they collected donations to support Save-A-Pet.

The University at Buffalo will require proof that spectators are vaccinated against COVID-19 to be allowed into football games at UB Stadium and men’s and women’s basketball games at Alumni Arena.

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Wednesday’s outdoor career fair hosted by Niagara County Department of Employment and Training at Oppenheim Park in Wheatfield has been postponed a week due to inclement weather and will now take place on Sept. 29. More than 50 companies with open positions have signed up to take part.

Tops Friendly Markets will welcome Kelsey Grammer to its store on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo on Thursday to help launch his Faith American Ale. Tops will be showcasing Kelsey’s two unique crafts: Faith American Ale and Faith American Calico Man IPA and will offer a meet-and-greet and autograp…

MEDINA — The World Life Institute, headquartered at 224 West Center St., is inviting the public to participate in an online course that explores changes to the environment created by possible nuclear warfare and the impact these changes would have on life as we know it.

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