ALBANY (TNS) — On a day Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more details on plans to vaccinate society’s most vulnerable, he offered a word of caution to everyone else: Don’t expect a coronavirus vaccine anytime soon.

BUFFALO — A Salamanca man faces federal charges after allegedly trying to entice a minor and send obscene material through social media.

BUFFALO — As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations soar across Western New York, ConnectLife is making an urgent plea for blood donations.

Allegany County, which reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday, will offer three more opportunities for free rapid testing in the coming weeks.


OLEAN — Despite calls Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for hospitals to balance the number of patients across their networks to be ready for another spike in COVID-19, don’t look for Kaleida Health to transfer Buffalo-area patients to Olean General Hospital.

BELMONT — Allegany County health officials on Monday reported seven new deaths due to COVID-19, while the county saw the fewest number of new cases in two weeks, reporting 11 new infections.


ITHACA — Cornell has developed the first variety of spring malting barley designed to succeed in New York’s wet climate and support the state’s $5 billion craft beer industry.

BELMONT — Allegany County reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as the governor said Western New York’s overall positivity rate spiked to a seven-day average of 6.28%, outpacing other parts of the state.

A day after health officials in Allegany County warned that services could be overwhelmed by COVID-19, the county reported 10 new deaths caused by the virus and 30 new cases on Wednesday.


BUFFALO — New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave.

BUFFALO — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he would not be surprised if communities in his county that are currently operating under the state’s “yellow zone” COVID-19 standards were moved into the more restrictive orange or maybe even red zone stages this week.

BUFFALO — As the nation experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply — including convalescent plasma.

OLEAN — The Cattaraugus County Health Department on Sunday reported one new death of a county resident due to COVID-19, while the county recorded a total of 12 new cases over the weekend.


PENN YAN — Expressing her belief that the count of absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District is moving ahead “methodically and fairly,” Tracy Mitrano called U.S. Rep. Tom Reed Friday afternoon and conceded the race to the incumbent.


LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County Legislature Chairman Howard VanRensselaer is hopeful Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest restrictions involving restaurants, bars and gyms will help reduce the county’s uptick in coronavirus cases.