Local and breaking news from the Niagara Gazette for Niagara County and Niagara Falls. Top stories and breaking news for Western New York
New York health chief, defender of Cuomo policies, resigning
September 23, 2021, 9:27 pm | Source
ALBANY — New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was a leading defender of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has submitted his resignation, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.
Comptroller audits fault OTB oversight
September 23, 2021, 8:51 pm | Source
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…
Two Lockport men killed in Genesee County crash
September 23, 2021, 3:28 pm | Source
Two Lockport men died in a crash Wednesday in the Town of Pembroke of Genesee County.
Guinea pig rescue effort scurrying for proper papers
September 23, 2021, 2:00 pm | Source
LOCKPORT — 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…
Joint police effort in the Falls deemed a success
September 23, 2021, 3:32 am | Source
Just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a task force made up of more than 80 members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies swept into the Cataract City.
Suspect sentenced in home invasion
September 23, 2021, 2:37 am | Source
LOCKPORT — A Lewiston man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a botched home invasion on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation that left a suspect dead and a Mount Hope Road homeowner wounded by gunfire.
Former Cuomo aides on hook for new legal bills
September 22, 2021, 11:44 pm | Source
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.
Police sweep the streets
September 22, 2021, 3:33 am | Source
A detail of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies swept into the Cataract City Tuesday night as part of a continuing effort to battle a wave of street violence, particularly shootings, that has plagued the Falls for the past…
Falls murder suspect gets prison term
September 22, 2021, 1:22 am | Source
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.
A 'CLEAR' plan for building up local shorelines
September 22, 2021, 1:20 am | Source
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.
Flood-related disaster loan center closed
September 21, 2021, 11:45 pm | Source
The July 20 flood-related Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Lockport ceased operations Tuesday due to a steady decrease in activity, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced.
Wheatfield facility signs hemp/cannabis process agreement
September 21, 2021, 11:37 pm | Source
Public Defender has new quarters
September 21, 2021, 11:30 pm | Source
The Niagara County Public Defender’s office has been moved to 170 East Ave.
Orleans DA releases kidnapping information
September 21, 2021, 11:27 pm | Source
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.
Online nuclear education series launching
September 21, 2021, 8:45 pm | Source
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…
State taking Ferry, Walnut down to one lane
September 21, 2021, 4:15 am | Source
The New York State Department of Transportation has unveiled a major project that will fundamentally alter two of the the Falls' major roadways.
NFR tax refunds will top $1.5M
September 21, 2021, 4:00 am | Source
A subsidiary of Niagara Falls Redevelopment will net more than $1.5 million in property tax refunds and interest from the city of Niagara Falls, the Fall School District and Niagara County.
Niagara Falls library announces Gazette digitization
September 21, 2021, 2:57 am | Source
The Niagara Falls Library has announced the completion of the digitization of the Niagara Gazette from May 1854 to February 1916. This digitization was performed by the Local History Department and funded under the Access and Innovation Grant through a…
UB to require COVID-19 vaccinations at events
September 21, 2021, 2:52 am | Source
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.
Niagara County career fair postponed a week
September 21, 2021, 2:50 am | Source
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…