School budgets passed in most small city and suburban school districts Tuesday. In the most contentious budget vote, Clarence voters rejected a budget that would have increased property taxes by 9.8 percent. Voter turnout in Clarence set a record. Lines of voters were extensive throughout the day. Budgets were also rejected in Niagara-Wheatfield, Lewiston-Porter, Alden, Wilson and Bemus Point. The margin of defeat in Niagara-Wheatfield was by a mere three votes.
Voters across Western New York are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide on school budgets and candidates in a number of districts. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has more on budget votes in the City of Niagara Falls and Clarence.
Each month, local criminal defense lawyer James Harrington travels on a long flight to Guantanamo Bay too meet with his client. Harrington meets at a military prison housing the tribunals handling alleged terrorism cases. WBFO's Mike Desmond sat down with the Buffalo attorney for an interview about his work.
The small Southern Tier city of Corning has quietly become a top tourist destination. "We see nearly a half-million of visitors a year for tourism," said Mike Melaro, director of marketing and communications for Corning's Gaffer District. Thousands of those visitors are expected this weekend for the fourth annual GlassFest.