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Hawkins courts progressive voters in visit to Buffalo

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York Governor appeared in Buffalo Thursday morning. The Syracuse-based candidate says his party's ticket is more experienced than voters may realize and should serve as "Plan B" for progressives who previously placed their hopes on Cynthia Nixon.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The results of a much-anticipated study on a future convention center in downtown Buffalo were revealed Thursday. While delivering the results of the study, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and others shared the opinion that doing nothing is not an option if the region is to remain in the business of attracting meeting events, and the millions of dollars they bring.


A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes. 

Olmsted Parks Conservancy

A long unused house at one of Delaware Parks’ entrances is getting restored. Bank of America and the Greenway Fund are providing grants to back the project.

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It’s been 33 years since Mayor Jimmy Griffin helped raise over $2 million to build a new facility for the Buffalo City Mission. Now, it’s getting a big upgrade.

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Social media has been abuzz this week, after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 caged beagles in North Carolina that were trapped by the rising waters of Hurricane Florence. The Erie County SPCA says more than a dozen dogs from hurricane-ravaged areas have transferred in and are available for adoption.

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As is the case each year, the Buffalo Humanities Festival is organized around a specific theme. This weekend's event, which begins tonight, is called "Revolutions." According to Professor Elizabeth Otto, Executive Director of the Humanities Institute, finding partners and presenters wasn't difficult. "People are fired up and ready to talk about change. Definitely."


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The New York Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the death of Erie County Holding Center inmate India Cummings.

Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is hoping to hand out the cigars next summer, as Tashi is expecting a visit from the stork. The Zoo says it has accomplished another successful artificial insemination of its greater one-horned rhinoceros.

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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is defending himself against allegations that he abused his 6-year-old son.

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More talk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking the Presidency in 2020 has been fueled by the governor’s decisive victory over a candidate from the progressive left of his party. But the governor still says he’s only running for a third term to lead New York State.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Leaders of several Buffalo-based churches invited representatives of law enforcement agencies and City Hall to a meeting, where it was discussed how to improve cooperation to address violent crime. Clergy say they previously planned the meeting but also invited government leaders to ask how the churches might help.


National Public Radio

Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) has announced that despite an indictment and earlier statements to the contrary, he will now continue to campaign for re-election and will not resign if successful in November.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is well received by the passengers who use it, according to a study undertaken by J.D. Power.

BPO

In most American cities, the assistant conductor assists. But in Buffalo, he conducts—a lot! Todd Craven is the new "AC with the BPO."


A Buffalo woman has been found guilty of stabbing her mother to death.

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Valentino Dixon stepped back into the City of Buffalo as a free man yesterday after spending 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. It happened with the help of a man and his students working to fight injustice.


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A Buffalo man who spent 27 years in prison on a wrongful conviction has been exonerated. Valentino Dixon was released Wednesday.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Every year many judges, attorneys and public officials gather for the Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Guild—a celebration to bless the legal community. This year was a little different. Protesters lined up outside of St. Joseph Cathedral late Tuesday morning asking those who entered to call for Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation.

PUSH Buffalo

As calling hours take place before Thursday morning's funeral for Rafael "Pito" Rivera, PUSH Buffalo has set up a GoFundMe webpage to gather donations for the grieving family.

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Earlier this year, Say Yes Buffalo announced their plan to raise $100 million by 2023 to ensure eligible students in the Buffalo Public Schools would have a chance to pursue postsecondary scholarships. They’re $2 million closer to meeting that mark after receiving a donation from the First Niagara Foundation/Keybank Tuesday.

CSS Construction

The next step for a major housing development on Buffalo's East Side is now concrete and steel. Buffalo's Common Council approved the final stage of a $31 million People Inc. project on Jefferson Avenue.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

With new leadership on the horizon, there are some big changes occurring at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, including 12 percent raises for union workers.

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For more than three decades, a South Carolina resident born in Buffalo sought the truth about his father’s identity. He had heard whispers for many years that it allegedly was a Catholic priest who served in Buffalo in the 1940. He recently got the results from a DNA test: his biological father was indeed a member of the clergy.


Town of Cheektowaga

There is legally now a vacancy on the Cheektowaga Town Council. Following to a court ruling, council member James Rogowski was removed from office Tuesday

The Heinz Awards

A SUNY Fredonia scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.

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The fatal shooting of Rafael "Pito" Rivera, by a Buffalo Police Officer, last Wednesday, topped Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council's Police Oversight Committee.

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Amherst Street is enjoying a revitalization. Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising says some small businesses are relocating to the strip, lured by lower rents and burgeoning commercial opportunities. During their monthly appearance of Press Pass, Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli expanded on what's happening in Black Rock and across the city.


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The lawyer for Buffalo Police officer Elnur Karadzhaev says the evidence will show the officer defended himself and shot 32-year-old Rafael "Pito" Rivera within the law.

The state Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, is out with his annual report on Wall Street profits, and he finds, not surprisingly, they are up.


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