The state’s hiring freeze in effect for nearly a year-and-a-half since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

BATAVIA — A male riding a motorcycle was unresponsive after an accident with a pickup truck Friday by a pickup truck at the intersection of Walnut and Law streets, Batavia police said. He was flown to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries.

ALEXANDER — The Western New York Gas & Steam Engine Association was concerned, at first, about how many people might show up at this year’s Gas & Steam Engine Rally, association President Bill Dellapenta says.

OAKFIELD — A lot of the outdoor sitework is complete as contractors continue toward a fall 2022 completion of a $15.3 million improvement project in the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District.