ALBANY — New York authorities would be given expanded power to shut down illegal pot shops and levy fines of up to $200,000 under legislation proposed Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, who’s seeking to protect the state’s fledgling legal market for recreational marijuana.


WELLSVILLE — Earlier this month the village board received notification that it once again, for the 31st time, has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for “its commitment to effective urban forest management.”


BRADFORD, Pa. — The next step in the process of establishing a low-fly training zone over the Pennsylvania Wilds and parts of the Southern Tier of New York is underway.

OLEAN — Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez gathered with United Methodists of Upper New York on Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church in Olean.


WELLSVILLE — Everyone was Irish Friday as hundreds of watchers witnessed the Ancient Order of Hibernians Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade making history — and maybe setting a world record in Wellsville.

ALFRED — Alfred University, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S.-based company Silica-X, is studying ways to develop a concrete fortified with waste glass particles that would stand up to marine environments better than traditional cement m…


WELLSVILLE — The parking lot was crowded Wednesday afternoon when Runnings unlocked its doors for employees’ families and friends to take a look around a day before its scheduled opening.


ALBANY — State Sen. George Borrello expressed disappointment Wednesday over the decision by state Attorney General Letitia James to appeal a state Supreme Court ruling in Cattaraugus County last year limiting the state Department of Health’s quarantine powers in a pandemic.

WELLSVILLE — The Upper Genesee River National Deer Association branch is partnering with the David A. Howe Public Library and National Fuel Gas Corp. on a conservation book raffle.

ELLICOTTVILLE — Five years ago, Dick Rivers came out of retirement after more than two decades with Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES to become executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County.

GUILDERLAND (TNS) — Her business is in good shape, but jewelry retailer Drue Sanders shares the view of other respondents in the 16th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey from Siena College Research Institute.

ALBANY — State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, has been approved to serve as a member of the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB), a five-member panel that has responsibility for ensuring that any proposed project-related financing of New York’s public authorities is fiscally sound.


U.S. Rep. Nick Langworthy says President Joe Biden’s new $6.8 trillion budget “may as well have been released from Mars because it couldn’t be any more out of touch with the problems facing our nation.”

A firefighter who died in an explosive blaze in Buffalo last week was remembered at his funeral on Friday as a talented cook who whipped up delicious meals for his colleagues and as a husband and father who loved his family and his city.

JAMESTOWN — One of the foremost experts in the field of freshwater plastic pollution will explain how plastic, though useful in society, is detrimental to our environment at 12:30 p.m. March 21 at SUNY Jamestown Community College in the Sheldon Center.


ALBANY — New York lawmakers are advancing a package of bills aimed at buoying the state’s farmers by promoting agricultural products and locally sourced foods.

WEST VALLEY — The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that seven areas of the Main Plant Process Building at the West Valley Demonstration Project have been successfully deconstructed in the past six months.

BELMONT — The Allegany County District Attorney’s Office reported that Michael S. McDonald of Bolivar was convicted Monday of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property-a firearm, a class E felony.

LOCKPORT (TNS) — A State Supreme Court justice signed a final order directing U.S. Bitcoin to shut down a cryptocurrency mining facility in Niagara Falls and pay the city punitive fines that exceed $1 million.

The death toll rose to two on Monday following a stampede at a rap concert in Rochester, New York, that authorities said may have been triggered by unfounded fears of gunfire.

ALBANY — Following his advocacy to include barns and agricultural facilities in the list of buildings that will be exempt from the natural gas bans proposed in the executive budget, Sen. George Borrello said that the change has been made in the governor’s 30-day amendments.

Kidney disease is considered to be a “silent disease,” since it usually doesn’t have clear symptoms in its early stages. Up to 90% of Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) don’t know it.


BUFFALO — After Eric Jones finished his latest snow sculpture outside Gabby Kranock’s Buffalo hospital room Friday afternoon, he went to visit the severely injured Cuba teen and showed her a video and photos of what her pup Kody looked like as a snow dog.

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