Jay Moran http://news.wbfo.org en Dyngus Day celebration comes to downtown Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/dyngus-day-celebration-comes-downtown-buffalo <p>Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:46:53 +0000 Jay Moran 41541 at http://news.wbfo.org Dyngus Day celebration comes to downtown Buffalo Bisons open the 2014 baseball season today http://news.wbfo.org/post/bisons-open-2014-baseball-season-today <p>The Buffalo Bisons begin another season of baseball at Coca-Cola Field. At the ballpark early this morning,&nbsp; team announcer Ben Wagner told WBFO News, "Everything is getting a thumbs up&nbsp; and we are ready for baseball!" Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:53:53 +0000 Jay Moran 41219 at http://news.wbfo.org Bisons open the 2014 baseball season today Press Pass: The future of the Bills, downtown developments http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-future-bills-downtown-developments <p>In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:58:09 +0000 Jay Moran 41126 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: The future of the Bills, downtown developments 'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight http://news.wbfo.org/post/story-stuff-creator-speaking-buffalo-tonight <p>Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:45:47 +0000 Jay Moran 40702 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight Wildlife journalist carries message to Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/wildlife-journalist-carries-message-buffalo <p>The National Geographic Live series comes to the stage at Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall Tuesday evening at 7:30. with wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen sharing the images he has gathered through years of close natural encounters in some of the most extreme habitats around the globe. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:11:36 +0000 Jay Moran 40560 at http://news.wbfo.org Wildlife journalist carries message to Buffalo Press Pass: School Board elections drawing many candidates http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-school-board-elections-drawing-many-candidates <p>Former Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced last week that he will run for the Buffalo School Board, adding to the expanding list of candidates for three at-large seats. "It's a snapshot of the growing frustration" with Buffalo schools, says Jim Fink of Business First.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Jay Moran 40485 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: School Board elections drawing many candidates On 5th anniversary, some 3407 families ready to turn the page http://news.wbfo.org/post/5th-anniversary-some-3407-families-ready-turn-page <p>The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday&nbsp; night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Moran & Eileen Buckley 40205 at http://news.wbfo.org On 5th anniversary, some 3407 families ready to turn the page Higgins tops list of region's movers and shakers http://news.wbfo.org/post/higgins-tops-list-regions-movers-and-shakers <p>Business First is out with its list of the most influential people in Western New York. Rep. Brian Higgins tops this year's Power 250 list. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:46:22 +0000 Jay Moran 40131 at http://news.wbfo.org Higgins tops list of region's movers and shakers Press Pass: The future of One Seneca Tower http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-future-one-seneca-tower <p>While the name has changed from HSBC Tower to One Seneca Tower, the vacancy problems continue for the city's tallest building. That topic was addressed during WBFO's Press Pass with Jim Fink of Business First. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:55:35 +0000 Jay Moran 39913 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: The future of One Seneca Tower McCarthy: Gabryszak exit leaves district unrepresented in Assembly http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-gabryszak-exit-leaves-district-unrepresented-assembly <p>From initial public allegations to Sunday's resignation, the story of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's fall from public office covered less than a month. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:36:32 +0000 Jay Moran 39664 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy: Gabryszak exit leaves district unrepresented in Assembly Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never' http://news.wbfo.org/post/brown-says-no-discussions-lt-governor-job-never-say-never <p>Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:02:51 +0000 Chris Caya & Jay Moran 39596 at http://news.wbfo.org Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never' First Day Hikes give NYers chance to start new year on the right foot http://news.wbfo.org/post/first-day-hikes-give-nyers-chance-start-new-year-right-foot <p>New Yorkers resolved to having a healthier new year could get a step ahead Wednesday with a special hiking program at some of the region's state parks. Guided First Day Hikes are planned at 23 state parks and historic sites, including Letchworth, Allegany and Fort Niagara. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Jay Moran 39366 at http://news.wbfo.org First Day Hikes give NYers chance to start new year on the right foot UB student wins esteemed Marshall Scholarship http://news.wbfo.org/post/ub-student-wins-esteemed-marshall-scholarship <p>Marshall Scholarships are awarded to no more than 40 American college students each year. Recently, a University at Buffalo student became just the second in UB's history to win the prestigious <a href="http://www.marshallscholarship.org/">award</a>. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with both. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:43:33 +0000 Jay Moran 39267 at http://news.wbfo.org UB student wins esteemed Marshall Scholarship Press Pass: No end in sight for development tax breaks http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-no-end-sight-development-tax-breaks <p>The tax breaks issued for Uniland's plan for a mixed-use complex at Delaware and Chippewa has touched off a community debate over the issue. While some legislators are clamoring for an end to development tax abatements, Business First's Jim Fink doesn't see that happening anytime soon.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:00:18 +0000 Jay Moran 39244 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: No end in sight for development tax breaks Sabres fire Regier, Rolston; bring back LaFontaine, Nolan http://news.wbfo.org/post/sabres-fire-regier-rolston-bring-back-lafontaine-nolan <p>The Buffalo Sabres announced major organizational changes Wednesday, bringing back former Sabre Pat LaFontaine to serve as president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan to be interim head coach. Former coach Ron Rolston and longtime General Manager Darcy Regier have been fired. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:47:22 +0000 Omar Fetouh & Jay Moran 38298 at http://news.wbfo.org Sabres fire Regier, Rolston; bring back LaFontaine, Nolan McCarthy says low turnout may fuel election upsets http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-says-low-turnout-may-fuel-election-upsets <p>As an "off year" election, voting is likely to be sparse today, with some predicting a turnout level as low as 30 percent. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, some local candidates view the low totals as an opportunity.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:16:53 +0000 Jay Moran 38095 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy says low turnout may fuel election upsets McCarthy looks at county comptroller's race http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-looks-county-comptrollers-race <p>Though the candidates may lack the "proper credentials" to serve as Erie County Comptroller, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Democrat Kevin Gaughan and Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw enjoy the high name recognition sought by every political candidate</p><p></p><p>. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:28:39 +0000 Jay Moran 37746 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy looks at county comptroller's race McCarthy: A WNYer at Cuomo's side? http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-wnyer-cuomos-side <p>Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor&#39;s race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor&#39;s post.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:20:49 +0000 Jay Moran 37577 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy: A WNYer at Cuomo's side? Writer/producer Tom Fontana returns to Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/writerproducer-tom-fontana-returns-buffalo <p>Buffalo&#39;s Tom Fontana, the producer/writer connected to such well-known works as St.Elsewhere, Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, says he hasn&#39;t been back to Buffalo recently, but that will change this Columbus Day weekend when he appears at a series of events.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:10:13 +0000 Jay Moran 37489 at http://news.wbfo.org Writer/producer Tom Fontana returns to Buffalo Democratic Party leaders tussle as Election Day nears http://news.wbfo.org/post/democratic-party-leaders-tussle-election-day-nears <p>As Election Day approaches, local Democratic Party officials continue to offer a fractured front, says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:26:59 +0000 Jay Moran 37403 at http://news.wbfo.org Democratic Party leaders tussle as Election Day nears Martin Short highlights weekend of events in Jamestown http://news.wbfo.org/post/martin-short-highlights-weekend-events-jamestown <p>While planning events for Columbus Day weekend, organizers in Jamestown sought &quot;to promote a healthy lifestyle, a fun lifestyle and a few laughs,&quot; said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy. Those plans have produced the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K, and a performance by comedian Martin Short.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:51:48 +0000 Jay Moran 37310 at http://news.wbfo.org Martin Short highlights weekend of events in Jamestown JRT presents Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre" http://news.wbfo.org/post/jrt-presents-mamets-life-theatre <p>To open its 2013-2014 season, the Jewish Repertory Theatre has chosen &quot;A Life in the Theatre,&quot; written by David Mamet. &quot;His writing, even in this play with a lot of humor, doesn&#39;t pull any punches,&quot; director Greg Natale said during a conversation with WBFO News.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:52:01 +0000 Jay Moran 37285 at http://news.wbfo.org JRT presents Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre" McCarthy previews November elections http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-previews-november-elections <p>With Election Day only a month away, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says he believes Republican Mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez needs to raise some money &quot;to get his word out&quot; if he is to upset Mayor Byron Brown.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:57:35 +0000 Jay Moran 37214 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy previews November elections Jazz host Wallack heads to Broadcasters Hall of Fame http://news.wbfo.org/post/jazz-host-wallack-heads-broadcasters-hall-fame <p>The Buffalo Broadcasters Association welcomes former WNED-AM Program Director Al Wallack into its Hall of Fame. A 45-year veteran of local radio, Wallack earned a national reputation for his many years hosting &quot;Jazz in the Nighttime&quot; on Buffalo&#39;s WEBR-AM.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:57:33 +0000 Jay Moran 37118 at http://news.wbfo.org Jazz host Wallack heads to Broadcasters Hall of Fame Competition highlights Southern Tier artists http://news.wbfo.org/post/competition-highlights-southern-tier-artists <p>With a significant financial boost from the F. Donald Kenney Foundation, the Southern Tier Biennial offers artists a level of support not found often in juried art competitions, let alone those based in small cities like Jamestown and Olean.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:12:05 +0000 Jay Moran 36903 at http://news.wbfo.org Competition highlights Southern Tier artists Scholars@Hallwalls series begins Friday http://news.wbfo.org/post/scholarshallwalls-series-begins-friday <p>Promoted as both social and intellectual, the <a href="http://www.hallwalls.org/">Scholars@Hallwalls </a>lecture series begins this week, once again offering audiences a chance to engage with experts on a wide variety of subjects.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:26:06 +0000 Jay Moran 36898 at http://news.wbfo.org Scholars@Hallwalls series begins Friday McCarthy reflects on 'dismal' voter turnout http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-reflects-dismal-voter-turnout <p>With 68 percent of the vote, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown easily won the Democratic Primary against Bernie Tolbert. But, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballots on Primary Day. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:18:23 +0000 Jay Moran 36694 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy reflects on 'dismal' voter turnout Press Pass: Car traffic should boost Main Street business http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-car-traffic-should-boost-main-street-business <p>"Bringing cars back to Main Street is an absolute must," Business First's Jim Fink said on WBFO's Press Pass. Fink follows the view that believes a mistake was made decades ago when car traffic was routed off Main Street, allowing for the installation of city's rapid transit system.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:57:31 +0000 Jay Moran 36632 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: Car traffic should boost Main Street business McCarthy offers post-debate analysis http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-offers-post-debate-analysis <p>"No knockout punch was thrown," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, though he says he believes the three candidates performed well in Tuesday night's mayoral debate at the studios of WNED-TV.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:55:41 +0000 Jay Moran 36352 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy offers post-debate analysis McCarthy previews mayoral debate http://news.wbfo.org/post/mccarthy-previews-mayoral-debate <p>With polls showing incumbent Byron Brown with a sizable lead in the race for Buffalo Mayor, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes tonight's debate on WBFO and WNED-TV could produce some surprises.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:03:08 +0000 Jay Moran 36319 at http://news.wbfo.org McCarthy previews mayoral debate