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.
There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures.
A brand new theater group in Buffalo has been staging an ambitious performance at the New Phoenix Theatre. Second Generation Theatre Company, formed by a group of young women, has mounted a production of Into the Woods.
The recent spate of legislative scandals in Albany appear to be taking a toll on Governor Cuomo. A new poll from Siena College find Cuomo's ratings among registered voters are at their lowest level since he took office.
Buffalo hosted the 11th annual Business Alliance for Local Living Economies or the BALLE business conference this year. The event brought together over 600 self-described “localists” from around the continent who all share the idea that local businesses are key to solving community problems.
Summer is always great time for children to stay on track by reading and last week, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System kicked off "Dig into Reading," the Library's Summer Reading initiative geared toward school-age children and their families. Programs are planned throughout the next couple of months across the area and later this week you are asked to "Hug your Library".
June is the month when Gay Pride is celebrated across Western New York and the nation. In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott talks with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata about Buffalo's gay community.