Mike Desmond http://news.wbfo.org en You and the Law: Escaping NYS estate taxes http://news.wbfo.org/post/you-and-law-escaping-nys-estate-taxes <p>If you don't want to pay estate taxes in New York, you probably have to stop being a New Yorker.&nbsp; On this week's edition of <em>You and the Law,</em> WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Leah Adamucci about giving up your New York residency for legal purposes. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:39:37 +0000 Mike Desmond 41594 at http://news.wbfo.org You and the Law: Escaping NYS estate taxes School Board candidates debate education issues http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-board-candidates-debate-education-issues-0 <p>With the fight over three at-large seats on the Buffalo school board heating up and the election three weeks away, ten of the candidates turned up last night before a large crowd in First Shiloh Baptist Church on Thursday night. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:39:22 +0000 Mike Desmond 41569 at http://news.wbfo.org School Board candidates debate education issues Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reflects on stage success http://news.wbfo.org/post/playwright-suzan-lori-parks-reflects-stage-success <p>Writer Suzan-Lori Parks has become a player on the American cultural scene with novels, plays and musicals. Parks was recently in town for the Babel speakers series and spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:10 +0000 Mike Desmond 41572 at http://news.wbfo.org Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reflects on stage success Fewer homeowners receiving STAR tax breaks http://news.wbfo.org/post/fewer-homeowners-receiving-star-tax-breaks <p>For the first time in 15 years, Albany decided to review homeowners across the state who get STAR tax exemptions. Now, the state is handing out 150,000 fewer property tax breaks.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:47:27 +0000 Mike Desmond 41561 at http://news.wbfo.org Fewer homeowners receiving STAR tax breaks Buffalo United Artists moving into Alleyway Theatre http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-united-artists-moving-alleyway-theatre <p>Buffalo United Artists is coming back to the Theater District, moving into the Alleyway Theatre. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:22 +0000 Mike Desmond 41542 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo United Artists moving into Alleyway Theatre City seeking protection against absentee property owners http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-seeking-protection-against-absentee-property-owners <p>Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:23 +0000 Mike Desmond 41547 at http://news.wbfo.org City seeking protection against absentee property owners Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/gun-rights-supporters-rally-buffalo <p>On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:01:09 +0000 Mike Desmond 41505 at http://news.wbfo.org Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo Council approves new Canalside operator http://news.wbfo.org/post/council-approves-new-canalside-operator <p>The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:35:05 +0000 Mike Desmond 41509 at http://news.wbfo.org Council approves new Canalside operator Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant http://news.wbfo.org/post/army-corps-seeks-avoid-spread-invasive-hydrilla-plant <p>There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:38:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 41492 at http://news.wbfo.org Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end http://news.wbfo.org/post/massive-school-reconstruction-project-coming-end <p>Buffalo's vast school rehab program is winding down, with the Joint Schools Construction Board slated to go out of business June 30. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:44:21 +0000 Mike Desmond 41485 at http://news.wbfo.org Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end Building a mobile solar house on UB's South Campus http://news.wbfo.org/post/building-mobile-solar-house-ubs-south-campus <p>A mobile, solar house GRoW house<strong> </strong>is being constructed on the University at Buffalo's South Campus.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41459 at http://news.wbfo.org Building a mobile solar house on UB's South Campus High lake levels exist after heavy winter snows http://news.wbfo.org/post/high-lake-levels-exist-after-heavy-winter-snows <p>Somewhere out under the thousands of square miles of ice on the Great Lakes is water, much of it visible on the Buffalo Waterfront as it eventually flows under the ice boom. It will be a little higher this year for boating season.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41460 at http://news.wbfo.org High lake levels exist after heavy winter snows You & The Law: Foreign bank accounts http://news.wbfo.org/post/you-law-foreign-bank-accounts <p>Do you have a bank account outside the United States? On this week's edition of You &amp; The Law, attorney James Bandoblu talks about foreign accounts and foreign income. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41429 at http://news.wbfo.org You & The Law: Foreign bank accounts County leaders reject library district http://news.wbfo.org/post/county-leaders-reject-library-district <p>Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and eight members of the Erie County Legislature agree on one issue: they don't want the library system turned into a separate taxing district. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:31:15 +0000 Mike Desmond 41416 at http://news.wbfo.org County leaders reject library district Hawkins brings Green campaign to Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/hawkins-brings-green-campaign-buffalo <p>Saying he's the candidate of New York's political left, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says his party will have a good year because there is discontent against Governor Cuomo. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:45:14 +0000 Mike Desmond 41415 at http://news.wbfo.org Hawkins brings Green campaign to Buffalo School Board seeks approval for mandatory kindergarten http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-board-seeks-approval-mandatory-kindergarten <p>There was some name-calling and a call for a basic change in city schools Wednesday night, as the Buffalo Board of Education held a meeting at the Makowski School. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41387 at http://news.wbfo.org School Board seeks approval for mandatory kindergarten Plan looks to transform Scajaquada Expressway http://news.wbfo.org/post/plan-looks-transform-scajaquada-expressway <p>After seven years of study, the State Department of Transportation has developed a concept that would change the current Scajaquada Expressway into a boulevard. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:55:50 +0000 Mike Desmond 41388 at http://news.wbfo.org Plan looks to transform Scajaquada Expressway Labor Secretary calls for extension of unemployment benefits http://news.wbfo.org/post/labor-secretary-calls-extension-unemployment-benefits <p>U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is calling on the House of Representatives to vote this week on legislation that would extend benefits to the long-term unemployed. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41374 at http://news.wbfo.org Labor Secretary calls for extension of unemployment benefits City officials have plans for federal dollars http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-officials-have-plans-federal-dollars <p>Buffalo officials were in the Central Library Tuesday night explaining how millions of dollars in federal block grant money will be spent. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:49:45 +0000 Mike Desmond 41349 at http://news.wbfo.org City officials have plans for federal dollars More plans on the way for the Outer Harbor http://news.wbfo.org/post/more-plans-way-outer-harbor <p>Another step in the transformation of the Outer Harbor takes place today. Development companies will be receiving requests for proposals, gauging their interest in planning the use for 150 acres of waterfront property. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:26 +0000 Mike Desmond 41320 at http://news.wbfo.org More plans on the way for the Outer Harbor UB students dine as the Romans did http://news.wbfo.org/post/ub-students-dine-romans-did <p>University at Buffalo students attended a special event Sunday night, one that encouraged them to immerse themselves in the food, traditions and clothing of a legendary culture. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:09:16 +0000 Mike Desmond 41298 at http://news.wbfo.org UB students dine as the Romans did Science Week begins in Buffalo schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/science-week-begins-buffalo-schools <p>The Buffalo Public School District's first Science Week kicks off&nbsp; Monday at School 19, the Native American Magnet School, with students showing what they are learning in an innovative program. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:58:14 +0000 Mike Desmond 41289 at http://news.wbfo.org Science Week begins in Buffalo schools You and the Law: Starting your own company http://news.wbfo.org/post/you-and-law-starting-your-own-company <p>There are always people who want to start their own businesses.&nbsp; This was especially true in the wake of the Great Recession.&nbsp; On this week's <em>You and the Law, </em>WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Diane Tiverson about the legal issues of starting your own company. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:45:02 +0000 Mike Desmond 41271 at http://news.wbfo.org You and the Law: Starting your own company Large crowd attends hearing on the future of School 63 http://news.wbfo.org/post/large-crowd-attends-hearing-future-school-63 <p>Buffalo's University Heights community is grappling with a problem familiar to most city residents: What to do with a vacant landmark school right in the middle of a residential area? Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41254 at http://news.wbfo.org Large crowd attends hearing on the future of School 63 MusicalFare Theatre unveils cabaret space tonight http://news.wbfo.org/post/musicalfare-theatre-unveils-cabaret-space-tonight <p>The area's cultural scene is expanding Friday evening, as MusicalFare Theatre opens its new cabaret space with "A Tribute to the Music of Louis Prima." Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:18:13 +0000 Mike Desmond 41253 at http://news.wbfo.org MusicalFare Theatre unveils cabaret space tonight Researchers examine museum mummy http://news.wbfo.org/post/researchers-examine-museum-mummy <p>Using a C-T scan, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute had a chance Wednesday to examine a mummy from the Buffalo Museum of Science.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:36:28 +0000 Mike Desmond 41220 at http://news.wbfo.org Researchers examine museum mummy Ken-Ton board votes to close three schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/ken-ton-board-votes-close-three-schools <p>Two years into a study about the Kenmore-Tonawanda Public school system, and the school board voted Tuesday night to close three schools. The closings are scheduled for the fall of 2016. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41176 at http://news.wbfo.org Ken-Ton board votes to close three schools HarborCenter Tim Hortons honors late Sabre http://news.wbfo.org/post/harborcenter-tim-hortons-honors-late-sabre <p>There was a special resonance yesterday as the Sabres announced a new addition to the HarborCenter complex coming to the Waterfront. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:33:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 41183 at http://news.wbfo.org HarborCenter Tim Hortons honors late Sabre Protesters rally against Common Core tests http://news.wbfo.org/post/protesters-rally-against-common-core-tests <p>Opponents of New York's standardized tests were picketing outside Williamsville North High School Monday, attacking a district policy that students who don't take the tests are required to "sit and stare." Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41156 at http://news.wbfo.org Protesters rally against Common Core tests Tailgating fans honor Ralph Wilson http://news.wbfo.org/post/tailgating-fans-honor-ralph-wilson <p>The music rocked and the hotdogs grilled as hard-core Bills fans remembered team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday during a party within sight of the football stadium.<br /><br /> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:01:43 +0000 Mike Desmond 41120 at http://news.wbfo.org Tailgating fans honor Ralph Wilson