Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.
You could say streets in Niagara Falls are being paved with casino money. Mayor Paul Dyster says he will ask the City Council to approve a second round of street re-paving projects now that a deal has been reached between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians over the operation of the tribe's three Western New York casinos.
The agreement announced last week means $89-million in slot machine revenue for Niagara Falls.
Dyster says the city has been forced to limit road projects in recent years because of a lack of casino money.
The so called "Oracle of Omaha" was in Amherst today marking a milestone at one of his companies. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns GEICO, was on hand to celebrate the insurance company reaching its hiring goal of 2500 employees two years ahead of schedule. Buffett says the local labor force is key to the company's growth and success. "We measure each office - we have 10 or so service centers - and we know productivity measures. And if you get good people - that's number one."
Faced with the same budget that was rejected just weeks ago, voters in Wilson turned down their school budget on Tuesday. Meanwhile, five other districts, including Clarence, gained voter approval of their spending plans for the approaching school year.
The New York State Legislature has restored 90-million dollars in proposed cuts to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in the state budget. People Incorporated is among the many agencies in this region that provide vital services. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley toured their site on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo to learn first hand who is receiving and caring for the developmental disabled.
There were several arrests at the state Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on Cuomo and leaders of the State Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing are likely dead for the legislative session.
Credit WBFO News photo provided by Karen DeWittNew york State NOW President Zenaida Mendez, being arrested at a sit in outside Sen Klein's offices Tuesday afternoonEdit | Remove
An international non-profit organization Girl Develop It or GDI works to help empower women through technology particularly by training them to write their own software. WBFO’s Ashley Hassett recently spent time with a couple of upstate women coders.