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BREAKING: Cuomo wants to close three more NY state prisons

Governor Cuomo announced Friday that three state correctional facilities will close under the new state spending plan. "In my first State of the State address eight years ago, I said prisons are not a jobs program. Since then, I am proud to have closed more prisons than any governor in history," Cuo


Father, 4 daughters dead after upstate New York house fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Police say a man and four daughters from 4 to 14 years old have died after a fire tore through their home in northern New York. Watertown fire officials tell television station WWNY on Friday that Aaron Bodah, 38, and his daughters Skylar and Erin died Thursday and Alexa and Mer


Allegany County couple arrested for mistreatment of dogs

An Allegany County couple was arrested Friday on three animal cruelty charges relating to the mistreatment of dogs, the New York State Police announced Monday. James L. Graham, 49, and Helen R. Graham, 50, both of Richburg, were arrested for failure to provide sustenance, neglect of an impounded ani


Several injured, shooter apprehended at Aurora, Ill., manufacturing plant

Multiple people have been injured at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday and a shooter has been apprehended, authorities said. Officers responded to reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt Company, the city announced just after 2 p.m. CST.


New York lawmakers propose bill to ban raffling guns, alcohol

NEW YORK (WETM) - Lawmakers in New York have proposed a ban on raffling guns and alcohol in games of chance. Bill A01413 is sponsored by Jo Anne Simon and co-sponsored by 25 other lawmakers. They cite gun violence as the justification for the bill.


Allegany Co. couple facing multiple animal cruelty charges

WIRT, NY (WIVB) - An Allegany County couple has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty, according to New York State Police. On Friday, troopers arrested Richburg residents James Graham, 49, and Helen Graham, 50, for failure to provide sustenance, neglect of an impounded animal, and failure to pr


Katko, Brindisi invite Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit Upstate New York

WASHINGTON – Central New York’s two congressmen Friday invited Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit the region, urging him to consider the area for its HQ2 campus after the collapse of a deal in New York City.


Fire engulfs Allegany County church

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - A church in Allegany County, NY caught fire on Saturday evening. The Wellsvile Fire Department said the fire occurred at the Stannards Methodist Church in the Town of Willing on Route 248.


Family pets lost in log home fire

GROVE — A family lost three beloved dogs in an afternoon blaze that consumed its log cabin home. On Thursday at about 3:30 p.m., firefighters were toned out for a house fire at 10319 Blakley Road in the Town of Grove in the northeast corner of Allegany County.


Women's health in local spotlight

BELMONT — With help from state Senator Catharine Young, the Allegany County Health Department is able to provide extra programming for women through the Women’s Health Initiative.


Picnic for Allegany County folk in Florida

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — It is 79 degrees and sunny in Zephyrhills, Fla. where they are in the planning stages for the 63rd Annual Allegany County Picnic. If you are visiting the Sunshine State in March and you are from Allegany County you are invited to drop in at the annual picnic, according to organiz


Allegany County Democratic Committee to Meet Feb. 13

BELMONT, NY – Frigid temperatures and wind conditions predicted for Jan. 30 forced the Allegany County Democratic Committee to move its scheduled meeting to Feb. 13. The re-scheduled session is set for 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the American Legion Post 808, 29 Schuyler St., Belmont.


New York state offers free fishing days February 16-17

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the first of several statewide free fishing days in New York will take place this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17. During these designated days, residents and visito


Church fire's spark undetermined

WELLSVILLE — A Florida family hoping for a new start in Allegany County is reeling from the “unimaginable” loss of its new home. Wolf and Ali Von Mertz officially purchased the former Stannards United Methodist Church on Jan. 29, according to realtor.com. Less than two weeks later, the structure eru


In Your Opinion: Clear barriers to Tesla in upstate New York

What do Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Porsche, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia and Mini all have in common? They are all cars produced by foreign companies with dealerships in upstate New York.


Hornell grad rate tops NYS average

HORNELL — The Hornell City School District’s most recent graduation rate is 83 percent, according to New York State Education Department data. The 83 percent represents the graduation rate for the September 2014 ninth-grade cohort that met all requirements by June 2018. The state average for the 201


New Hornell school district office under construction

HORNELL — A project that is converting existing space in the Hornell High School building into a new district office is seeing a long checklist of work completed this month and in early March, according to the February construction report presented to the school board last week.


Pickup driver tries stealing air pump from Buffalo gas station

A man tried to steal an air pump from a Fillmore Avenue gas station by tying a chain attached to his pickup around it, according to a Buffalo police report. The attempted theft happened at about 1:05 a.m. Wednesday at 880 Fillmore Ave., just south of Sycamore Street.


Emo plows ahead in Hornellsville

ARKPORT — In the middle of another nasty Western New York winter, it would be understandable if Hornellsville Highway chief Jason Emo hesitated for a few moments when he's asked by a reporter Wednesday if he plans to run for reelection again next November.


Presidential Acres residents appealing court's decision throwing out complaint over use of driveway on Fillmore Street

An attorney for residents of Presidential Acres in Le Roy said today following a hearing in Genesee County Supreme Court that her clients are proceeding with an appeal of a ruling against their attempt overturn a Town of Darien judge's dismissal of their effort to enforce a Zoning Board of Appeals d