Chris Caya http://news.wbfo.org en Late removal of ice boom expected http://news.wbfo.org/post/late-removal-ice-boom-expected <p>Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:14 +0000 Chris Caya 41560 at http://news.wbfo.org Late removal of ice boom expected Reformers target state parole system http://news.wbfo.org/post/reformers-target-state-parole-system <p>Local activists rallied outside the state parole office in downtown Buffalo Wednesday,&nbsp; calling on Albany to reform the parole process. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41533 at http://news.wbfo.org Reformers target state parole system Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat http://news.wbfo.org/post/cheektowaga-councilwoman-running-vacant-assembly-seat <p>The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:20:16 +0000 Omar Fetouh & Chris Caya 41521 at http://news.wbfo.org Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat Poloncarz proposes child protection measures http://news.wbfo.org/post/poloncarz-proposes-child-protection-measures <p>An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:48:45 +0000 Chris Caya 41503 at http://news.wbfo.org Poloncarz proposes child protection measures Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades http://news.wbfo.org/post/sewer-authority-invest-380-million-system-upgrades <p>A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:25:09 +0000 Chris Caya 41487 at http://news.wbfo.org Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts http://news.wbfo.org/post/schumer-urges-restoration-school-safety-cuts <p>U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:52 +0000 Chris Caya 41467 at http://news.wbfo.org Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts Extra funding from Albany to fix winter-damaged roads http://news.wbfo.org/post/extra-funding-albany-fix-winter-damaged-roads <p>Local governments are getting some extra funding from Albany to fix roads badly damaged by this winter's brutal weather. The new state budget provides an extra $40 million for road repair.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41458 at http://news.wbfo.org Extra funding from Albany to fix winter-damaged roads Cuomo touts property tax relief plan in Amherst http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-touts-property-tax-relief-plan-amherst <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo told hundreds of invited guests at the Main Transit Fire Hall in Amherst Thursday the new state budget provides more than $100 million in property tax relief over three years. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:33:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41395 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo touts property tax relief plan in Amherst ECC hockey team to call HarborCenter home http://news.wbfo.org/post/ecc-hockey-team-call-harborcenter-home <p>Downtown Buffalo's under-construction HarborCenter is going be the new home of Erie Community College's Kats Hockey Program, it was announced Tuesday. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:09:07 +0000 Chris Caya 41335 at http://news.wbfo.org ECC hockey team to call HarborCenter home Nearly $8 million collected so far in Catholic Charities Appeal http://news.wbfo.org/post/nearly-8-million-collected-so-far-catholic-charities-appeal <p>The Diocese of Buffalo's 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal has collected over $7.9 million of its $10.8 million goal, officials said Tuesday. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:59:40 +0000 Mark Wozniak & Chris Caya 41334 at http://news.wbfo.org Nearly $8 million collected so far in Catholic Charities Appeal Lawmaker calls for investigation into auto insurance rates http://news.wbfo.org/post/lawmaker-calls-investigation-auto-insurance-rates <p>A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without&nbsp; a college degree. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:09 +0000 Chris Caya 41312 at http://news.wbfo.org Lawmaker calls for investigation into auto insurance rates Computers are learning to read human emotions http://news.wbfo.org/post/computers-are-learning-read-human-emotions <p>A University at Buffalo professor has taken part in a study with a computer system that reads emotions better than humans. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41290 at http://news.wbfo.org Computers are learning to read human emotions Peace Bridge plaza plans open for public review http://news.wbfo.org/post/peace-bridge-plaza-plans-open-public-review <p>Plans for improving traffic flow on the Peace Bridge plaza in Buffalo continue moving forward. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:46:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41270 at http://news.wbfo.org Peace Bridge plaza plans open for public review Study finds job, education influence car insurance rates http://news.wbfo.org/post/study-finds-job-education-influence-car-insurance-rates <p>A new statewide study reveals the high cost of being of poor. According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, big auto insurers charge less educated and lower-tier workers higher rates. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41227 at http://news.wbfo.org Study finds job, education influence car insurance rates New state budget includes financial aid boost http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-state-budget-includes-financial-aid-boost <p>College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well.&nbsp; Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Chris Caya 41200 at http://news.wbfo.org New state budget includes financial aid boost Stadium group meets for first time http://news.wbfo.org/post/stadium-group-meets-first-time <p>The New Stadium Working Group met for the first time in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Tuesday afternoon. The panel is made up of representatives from the state, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:35:15 +0000 Chris Caya 41173 at http://news.wbfo.org Stadium group meets for first time Reconstructed Ohio Street seen as bridge between harbors http://news.wbfo.org/post/reconstructed-ohio-street-seen-bridge-between-harbors <p>More improvements are underway along Buffalo's waterfront. On Tuesday morning, elected leaders kicked off the reconstruction of Ohio Street. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:36:16 +0000 Chris Caya 41163 at http://news.wbfo.org Reconstructed Ohio Street seen as bridge between harbors Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running http://news.wbfo.org/post/effort-refurbish-blighted-parcels-and-running <p>The effort to rebuild and revitalize local communities has taken another step forward. Funding is in place and a leader has been hired for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Bank. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:22:52 +0000 Chris Caya 41130 at http://news.wbfo.org Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running Officials delay ice boom removal http://news.wbfo.org/post/officials-delay-ice-boom-removal <p>The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Erie County through Saturday morning over concerns of ice jam flooding. On Lake Erie, however, it's another story where there's so much ice cover the removal of the ice boom has been delayed.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:18:05 +0000 Chris Caya 41076 at http://news.wbfo.org Officials delay ice boom removal Nursing home workers protest new operator's demands http://news.wbfo.org/post/nursing-home-workers-protest-new-operators-demands <p>Picket lines went up outside the Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Delaware and Utica in Buffalo Thursday. Dozens of workers carried signs and chanted slogans protesting concessions being sought by the facility's new owner. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:52:14 +0000 Chris Caya 41058 at http://news.wbfo.org Nursing home workers protest new operator's demands Medical community lauds Wilson's philanthropic legacy http://news.wbfo.org/post/medical-community-lauds-wilsons-philanthropic-legacy <p>Along with founding and owning the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr. was also a philanthropist whose contributions often came without fanfare. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:16:10 +0000 Chris Caya 41029 at http://news.wbfo.org Medical community lauds Wilson's philanthropic legacy Local officials pay respects to Ralph Wilson http://news.wbfo.org/post/local-officials-pay-respects-ralph-wilson <p>Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has ordered that flags at all county buildings be flown at half staff&nbsp; in honor of Ralph Wilson Jr. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:51:57 +0000 Chris Caya 41018 at http://news.wbfo.org Local officials pay respects to Ralph Wilson EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure http://news.wbfo.org/post/epa-grant-earmarked-niagara-street-infrastructure <p>The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:19:40 +0000 Chris Caya 40982 at http://news.wbfo.org EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure Brewery's choice typifies growth of Larkinville http://news.wbfo.org/post/brewerys-choice-typifies-growth-larkinville <p>Flying Bison Brewing Company is the latest addition to the growing Buffalo neighborhood known as Larkinville. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:23:04 +0000 Chris Caya 40971 at http://news.wbfo.org Brewery's choice typifies growth of Larkinville Flying Bison breaks ground on new Larkinville brewery http://news.wbfo.org/post/flying-bison-breaks-ground-new-larkinville-brewery <p>Work kicked off today on Buffalo's newest brewery. Flying Bison Brewing Company broke ground on its new home at 840 Seneca Street in the city's Larkinville neighborhood. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:57:59 +0000 Chris Caya 40929 at http://news.wbfo.org Flying Bison breaks ground on new Larkinville brewery Higgins raises Homeland Security concerns http://news.wbfo.org/post/higgins-raises-homeland-security-concerns <p>A magazine linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cites Buffalo-Niagara in a new article about America's "failing and fruitless" war against terror. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:39:04 +0000 Chris Caya 40919 at http://news.wbfo.org Higgins raises Homeland Security concerns Schumer asks Army Corps to develop flood plan for Buffalo Creek http://news.wbfo.org/post/schumer-asks-army-corps-develop-flood-plan-buffalo-creek <p>Flooding along the Buffalo Creek in West Seneca could be a thing of the past if the federal government answers Sen. Charles Schumer's call for help. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:00:30 +0000 Chris Caya 40880 at http://news.wbfo.org Schumer asks Army Corps to develop flood plan for Buffalo Creek Lockport soldier posthumously awarded Medal of Honor http://news.wbfo.org/post/lockport-soldier-posthumously-awarded-medal-honor <p>A local man is among two dozen veterans scheduled to be honored today at the Pentagon after receiving the nation's highest award at the White House Tuesday for combat valor. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:58:21 +0000 Chris Caya 40868 at http://news.wbfo.org Lockport soldier posthumously awarded Medal of Honor Congressional candidate calls for marijuana legalization http://news.wbfo.org/post/congressional-candidate-calls-marijuana-legalization <p>Congressional candidate Emin "Eddie" Egriu is demanding an end to the "war on weed." Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:16:42 +0000 Chris Caya 40853 at http://news.wbfo.org Congressional candidate calls for marijuana legalization AG Schneiderman seeks end to pharmacy tobacco sales http://news.wbfo.org/post/ag-schneiderman-seeks-end-pharmacy-tobacco-sales <p>New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Attorneys General from more than two dozen states and U.S. territories are pushing pharmacies to end cigarette sales nationwide. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:49:39 +0000 Chris Caya 40838 at http://news.wbfo.org AG Schneiderman seeks end to pharmacy tobacco sales