Brian Meyer

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Business
6:55 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Effort launched to redevelop stretch of Seneca Street

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke
Credit Erie County Legislature

The first phase of a plan to redevelop a one-mile stretch of Seneca Street is being launched as local leaders aim to make the long-neglected commercial strip a "small downtown."

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Science/Technology
2:26 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Court reviewing sheriff's use of controversial cell phone tracker

Credit File photo

A judge has reserved decision in a dispute over surveillance technology being used by the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

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Local
10:27 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Firefighters douse flames on 15th floor of Main Place Tower

Buffalo Firefighters respond to a blaze on the 15th floor of the Main Place Tower.
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Buffalo firefighters responded to a blaze on the 15th floor of Main Place Tower early Friday morning, braving sub-zero temperatures.

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Birthplace of chicken wings
11:04 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Buffalo wins spot on top 10 list of world's best food cities

Buffalo wins food honors for being the birthplace of the chicken wing
Credit WBFO

Louisville has its  Hot Brown, an open-face turkey sandwich. Cincinnati is famous for its chili. And, of course, Buffalo is the birthplace of the chicken wing.

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Local
11:11 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Fillmore's role in slavery faulted by civil rights group

Frank Mesiah, left, talks with Rep. Brian Higgins
Credit WBFO

If the name of the late President Millard Fillmore is placed on any new buildings or sites, a local civil rights group says the "whole story" must be told.

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Crime
1:48 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former school official charged with stealing anti-poverty funds

A former administrator at the Buffalo Board of Education has been charged with stealing funds.

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Legal
7:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Obama nominates Vilardo to be federal judge

Attorney Lawrence J. Vilardo has been nominated by the president to be a federal judge.
Credit connors-vilardo.com

President Barack Obama has nominated local attorney Lawrence Vilardo to become a federal court judge for the Western District of New York.

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Local
6:27 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Improvements planned at Williamsville toll barrier

Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa
Credit WBFO

Long-debated plans to make improvements at the Thruway's traffic-clogged Williamsville toll barrier are expected to move forward in  the near future.

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Parking rates
3:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Hourly parking standardizing to $1 in Buffalo

Parking at city meters will be $1 an hour come spring.
Credit File photo

Feeding the meters will cost more money in some Buffalo business districts this spring. The city is increasing 50 cent-an-hour parking to $1 an hour at about 1,100 meters on roads including Hertel Avenue, Elmwood Avenue and Main Street.

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Local
11:17 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Work to start soon at old Millard Fillmore Hospital site

Former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle
Credit WBFO

Remedial work will start soon on a multi-phased project planned at the former Millard Fillmore Hospital site on Gates Circle. Developers plan to transform the West Side site into a retirement community, apartment complex and community center.

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Local
2:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Stadium should remain in Orchard Park, supervisor argues

Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick Keem
Credit Town of Orchard Park

Tailgaters, taxpayers and many southtowns merchants could be the big losers if a new football stadium is built in downtown Buffalo, according to Orchard Park's top elected official.

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Local
9:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Heavy Lake Effect snows pounds northtowns

Snowy conditions along Delaware Avenue before sunrise Friday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A heavy Lake effect snow band that pounded areas north of Buffalo overnight.  Snow bands have shifted southward and will continue south through mid-morning Friday. WBFO News spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel who is monitoring the bands and snowfall rates.

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Sports
6:56 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Bills coach Doug Marrone opts out of contract

Marrone (r.) and General Manager Doug Whaley spoke with reporters Monday following the end of the season.
Credit File photo

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone surprisingly opted out of his contract Wednesday after two years with the team.

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Local
9:57 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Lake-effect snows hammer southtowns

Vehicle buried in snow along a entrance to the NYS Thruway in West Seneca, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Heavy Lake Effect snows hammered areas south of Buffalo overnight.  It has  been an extremely difficult Tuesday morning for some motorists who have been literally stranded on the Thruway.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Could police foot patrols become a downtown routine?

There's talk of implementing police foot patrols along Main Street.
Credit WBFO

As downtown Buffalo enjoys a spike in development activity, there’s talk of launching a new public safety

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Local
8:42 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Issues impacting minority community showcased in local magazine

Will Jones, publisher, Black Western New York Magazine
Credit Will Jones/ Black Western New York Magazine

It's a publication that casts a spotlight on issues that affect minority communities in the Buffalo area.

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Business
8:39 am
Mon November 3, 2014

HarborCenter's potential ripple effects

Historic grain elevators cast tower over Ohio Street Corridor
Credit Brian Meyer/WBFO

A lot of attention has focused on projects at Canalside. But a one-time industrial neighborhood not far from

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt was a panelist in last night's debate
Credit File photo

Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Business
11:31 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Plan to turn old brewery into loft apartments moves forward

Vacant building on Washington Street, Buffalo, New York
Photo from Google Streetview Maps

In an earlier era, the building at Washington and  Virginia streets was home to a brewery.

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Cultural
8:54 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Singing the blues in downtown Buffalo

Tommy Z and Billy The Kid joined forces at Saturday night's Blues Bash
Eileen Elibol/WNED

If you ask Ontario resident Susie Chase, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday night listening to the blues in downtown Buffalo.

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Sports
5:11 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Buffalo to host NHL Draft in 2016

Credit File photo

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has confirmed that Buffalo will host the NHL Draft in 2016. The event will be held on June 24 and 25.

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Cultural
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Visiting Bob Newhart reflects on Lucy's legacy

Bob Newhart will be in Jamestown Saturday, October 11, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Credit lucy-desi.com

Comedy legend Bob Newhart will bring his unique brand of deadpan humor to Jamestown Saturday as a featured performer at this year's Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend. 

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Local
4:57 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Panel recommends pay hikes for Erie County’s four top elected officials

Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Erie County’s four top elected officials would receive raises ranging from 16 percent to 29 percent under a plan unveiled Tuesday by by a citizens review panel. 

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Local
3:56 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Canalside skating rinks on track for late November

Skating will begin in late November at Canalside.
Credit Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp

A parade of concrete trucks marked a milestone in a long-delayed project at Canalside Thursday. As WBFO’s Brian Meyer reports, folks who enjoy ice skating will be pleased to hear about the day’s developments.

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Local
8:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Press Pass: Central Terminal future, restoration and beyond

Central Terminal.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Major restoration of Buffalo's historic Central Terminal is underway.  For years devoted citizens have worked to preserve the East Side landmark.  This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss the millions of dollars still needed for restoration and what the future could hold for the Terminal and nearby neighborhood. 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Press Pass: The legacy of Buffalo’s Theater District

Various theater programs from Buffalo's Theater District.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As the second largest city in New York State, Buffalo has one of the most diverse theater communities outside of New York City. From Broadway hits to small, community-style theater, you can find it all in downtown’s Theater District. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss how Buffalo has developed a distinguished theater legacy.

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Politics
8:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.  But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism. 

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Health
8:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Press Pass: Kaleida's future leadership

Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Kaleida Health is now operating under new leadership. The board of directors recently voted out CEO James Kaskie and named Erie County Medical Center CEO Jody Lomeo to run Kaleida in the interim.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Press Pass: HARBORcenter’s infusion of economic development

HARBORcenter construction in full swing.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The large cranes that line downtown Buffalo are a sign of true economic development and progress the city hasn't witnessed in decades. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss HARBORcenter and how it is a catalyst of future growth in downtown's Canalside area. 

Local
9:20 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Press Pass: 'Change in tone' in the Catholic Church

Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone has responded to the new dialog recently issued by Pope Francis. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about his recent In-Focus interview with Bishop Malone.

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