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Reddy Bikeshare

Many residents are taking advantage of a local bike-sharing program and pedaling more miles than in the previous season.

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On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the state Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Catholic Charities hosted representatives of more than a dozen local businesses Tuesday. It was the not-for-profit agency's opportunity to say "thank you" for the willingness of those companies to provide jobs for some of Buffalo's resettled refugee population.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A new leader has been named for 43North, the state funded startup competition, headquartered in the former Trico Building, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Coming soon to Aquarium of Niagara... jellyfish!

Feb 13, 2018
Aquarium of Niagara

By the end of this year, the Aquarium of Niagara will add jellyfish to its collection of sea creatures.

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Albany is closing Buffalo's academically-challenged Oracle Charter School.

Veterans One-Stop Center receives $150,000 grant

Feb 13, 2018
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The First Niagara Foundation will provide the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York three installments of $50,000 over the next three years to grow its outreach efforts, it was announced Tuesday.


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There's increasing concern around Buffalo about the effects of reassessment on property tax bills. The issue drew a large crowd Monday night to First Presbyterian Church in Allentown.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget director said 30-day amendments to the governor’s spending plan, which is due out later this week, will include an overhaul of the state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.


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Potholes are as common to Western New York winters as gray skies and school closings. But commuters, street crews and auto repair technicians have reached a consensus that this year's pothole problem is one of the largest in recent memory. 

Horizon Health Services

Horizon Health Services is adding a new building to a Niagara County campus. When it opens later this year, its fourth building on Inducon Drive in Sanborn will serve a specific population that is overcoming addictions.


Karen DeWitt

The flu epidemic is hitting the corruption trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.


Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

Excellent meals at reasonable prices are available across Western New York. The February issue of Buffalo Spree introduces us to 30 local restaurants offering "cheap eats," plus we find out just how difficult it is to make good sponge candy. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata said people can enjoy international cuisine without breaking the bank.

 


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Just one month after enjoying his highest approval ratings in his current term, Governor Cuomo's numbers turned downward in the latest Siena College Poll. The same survey also shows most voters are still not familiar with those looking to unseat him in November.


Buffalo student injured in pocket knife incident

Feb 12, 2018

Buffalo Police and Public School District officials were investigating a Monday morning incident involving a pocket knife that left a sixth-grade girl injured.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new federal program quietly launched in December's tax reform provides investors with tax incentives for development in poorer neighborhoods. It's up to states to determine what zones qualify as Federal Opportunity Zones and in Buffalo, one local congressman is urging Albany to ensure no less than 32 qualified tracts are included in a nomination due next month.


New York State Office of Mental Health

The state Office of Mental Health estimates a third of those incarcerated in New York have some type of mental illness. So why are they locked up instead of in a mental health program? Actually, Erie County has become a leader in diverting these offenders from prison. Progress has been slow, but steady, using a national model of law enforcement called Crisis Intervention Teams.

Buffalo schools are becoming concerned about food allergies among the students. That ranges from the peanut issue to determining what is in other food brought into the buildings, like cupcakes for birthdays.


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An interim police commissioner, technology and two separate probes of deaths in confrontations with Buffalo police officers are leading to significant changes in the way officers and the public meet.

Heritage Moments: W.E.B. Du Bois, the Niagara Movement and the ‘mighty current’ of black protest

Feb 12, 2018
Photo retrieved from the Library of Congress

For black people at the turn of the 20th century, America was a harrowing place to be. It was a land of legally sanctioned discrimination, widespread lynchings, enforced poverty and open, constant insult. Black leaders tried different strategies to help African-Americans cope with these conditions.


Nick Lippa WBFO

From the theater to a Kenmore East classroom, film scores are helping special needs students learn about classical music.

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A man who fled Turkey last September is sharing his story of the human rights violations in his country. WBFO's senior reporter says he now lives in Rochester, but does not want to reveal his name. This man told us he did not want to be identified.  However, he wants you to hear his voice and comments to understand why there is so much unrest in Turkey.  

Level Financial Advisors

Think all millennials are spending their money on expensive coffee and avocado toast? If so, you might be surprised by the results of a new Bank of America survey.

Plans unveiled for downtown sports complex

Feb 12, 2018
Medaille.edu

It could be seen as another sign of the revitalized economy in Buffalo. Medaille College is teaming M/ilesports and Development LLC in building the Downtown Sports Complex, a $2.3 million project that is expected to see heavy use in all weather conditions. 

lcptracker.com

A new tracking system will help the city of Buffalo monitor contractors and their hiring practices.

Winter Weather Advisory for freezing precipitation

Feb 11, 2018

The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory through 7:00 Sunday evening for Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties. There is also an advisory for Chautauqua County through noon.

Republican gubernatorial hopefuls debate in Amherst

Feb 10, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Three candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run against Governor Andrew Cuomo this fall appeared in Amherst Saturday morning, where they took turns taking shots at the incumbent and his policies, including the Buffalo Billion.

mpac.org

Since the events of 9/11, the Western New York Muslim Public Affairs Council has run the Understanding Islam Series every February. That’s 17 straight years. The goal is to educate non-Muslims about Islam and engage in interfaith conversations.

labattbluepondhockey.com

Buffalo Riverworks has hosted the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament since 2014. This year they are doing something a little different.

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In honor of Black History Month the Michigan Street Baptist Church is holding several free events this February.

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