Chris Caya

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NFTA to revitalize Metro with $18 million upgrade
5:19 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

NFTA to revitalize Metro with new fare collection system

NFTA Metro Bus
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is making a big investment towards its future.

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Local
2:28 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Phone scam net widening

A local phone scammer has expanded operations further across Western New York.

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Local
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Canalside ice rinks opening to the public

The ice is ready for skating at Canalside.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After years of planning and effort, the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront reaches another milestone Thursday night with the grand opening of the "Ice at Canalside."

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Local
3:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Southwest Airlines employees picket outside airport

Southwest employees, members of TWU Local 555, outside of the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

After going more than three years without a contract, picket lines went up at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and more than a dozen other airports across the country on Tuesday.

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Local
4:46 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Budget for Canalside manager runs dry

ECHDC board members discuss Canalside budget concerns Monday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Drawing nearly a million visitors to Buffalo's waterfront this past summer cost more than expected. As a result, the current contract for Canalside has been increased 50 percent.

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Local
4:56 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Richardson complex finding new life

Once a psychiatric hospital, the Buffalo landmark will soon become the Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After sitting vacant for decades,  a West Side landmark that was saved from the wrecking ball is finally being brought back to life.

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Animal Cruelty
9:21 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hoskins sentenced to jail for probation violations

Beth Hoskins in Aurora Town Court
Credit Photos by Chris Caya / WBFO News

A judge on Tuesday sentenced horse owner Beth Hoskins to 90 days in jail for violating her probation. She was convicted last year of 52 counts of animal cruelty for the deplorable conditions at her Town of Aurora horse farm. 

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Local
4:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Civil rights rally planned for Buffalo

Members of Concerned Clergy of WNY, on the steps of Buffalo City Hall call for a "peaceful protest" Saturday.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Buffalo is joining other cities that will be holding a rally in conjunction with Saturday's March on Washington.

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Local
10:27 am
Fri December 5, 2014

ID changes proposed to assist in emergencies

Assemblyman Michael Kearns says the governor could implement identification changes through executive order.
Credit WBFO File Photo

A local member of the state delegation is proposing a new way to help essential personnel get to work during emergencies.

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Local
1:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials say gates, not police, should block Skyway ramps

Mayor Byron Brown, Sen. Tim Kennedy, and Councilman Christopher Scanlon say more gates are needed to block Skyway on-ramps during snowstorms.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

To keep police officers on duty during snow emergencies, elected officials want gates used for closing the Skyway.

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Local
4:54 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Federal aid may cover some storm costs

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed how storm aid may be coming to Western New York.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Relief could be on the way people who lost a paycheck because of last month's snow storm. But the region must first be declared a disaster area.

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Ohio Street
2:40 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Transformed Ohio Street reopens to traffic

Local officials say the transformation of Ohio Street is about 70 percent complete.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Ohio Street is once again open to traffic between Buffalo's inner and outer harbors. The transformation of the old industrial corridor into a pedestrian-friendly parkway is about 70 percent complete.

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State to unveil new weather network soon
5:50 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State working on new weather forecasting network

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo briefing the media Monday on the storm recovery effort underway in the Buffalo area.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

At a storm recovery briefing in Cheektowaga Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, the state is moving forward with a new weather forecasting network.

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Local
5:14 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Governor visits areas affected by lake-effect snow

Governor Andrew Cuomo updates public on lake effect snow storm situation
Credit Chris Caya / WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to western New York Wednesday to tour areas hard hit by the ongoing lake effect snow storm. Cuomo says the state worked around the clock to rescue stranded motorists on the Thruway and other roads.

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard called in to deal with massive snowstorm

Police have blocked off sections of South Buffalo, which has been slammed with three feet of snow.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A state of emergency remains in effect in Erie County and the National Guard is being deployed to the region to deal with a snowstorm that has paralyzed parts of Western New York.

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Health
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Roswell Park opens newly-expanded Endoscopy Center

A look inside Roswell Park's new Endoscopy Center
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has expanded its capabilities for advanced procedures with its new Endoscopy Center, which opened Thursday

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Niagara Falls
4:47 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Robert Moses Parkway reconfiguration begins

A stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway is being converted into a pedestrian-friendly park road.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A project meant to restore public access to the Niagara Falls waterfront is now a reality. State and local officials kicked off the removal of a one-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway Wednesday.

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Local
2:45 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

UB holds Veterans Day ceremony

Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Students and staff at the University at Buffalo marked Veterans Day with a flag-raising ceremony outside Alumni Arena.

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Local
6:08 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Buffalo takes up 'My Brother's Keeper' community challenge

Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Community leaders and local officials met Monday to discuss ways to better serve and improve the lives of Buffalo's youth as part of an initiative launched by President Barack Obama.

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Local
6:45 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Businesses work together to protect the environment

Credit WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable

Dozens of companies across the region have joined a new business-driven initiative to protect the environment. The Sustainable Business Roundtable was launched this past spring on Earth Day. 

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Newest Waterfront Attraction
4:53 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

(716) restaurant opens in HarborCenter

Hundreds of people turned out for the grand opening of (716) Food and Sports Friday. Buffalo's newest restaurant is part of the HarborCenter complex.

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Local
4:09 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

New growth in the Fruit Belt

St. John Community Development Corp. marks completion of 49 new townhomes in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The neighborhood around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continues its turn around.

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Local
1:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Homeowners reach settlement in lone Flight 3407 trial

The Wielinski family, including widow Karen (l.) and her three daughters, has reached a settlement with the airlines involved in the crash of Flight 3407.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A settlement has been reached in the only case to go to trial following the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.

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Local
5:33 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Arson a possibility in Howard Street fire

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield provided an update on Tuesday's massive blaze on Howard Street.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Investigators are still looking for the cause of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a Howard Street warehouse Tuesday.

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Local
6:01 am
Tue October 28, 2014

District says Buffalo schools prepared for Ebola

Buffalo School District Medical Director Dr. Steven Lana
Credit WBFO News/Chris Caya

"Better safe than sorry" is how the Buffalo School District is preparing for the possible arrival of Ebola.

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Local
3:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Local doctor says Ebola quarantine is 'beyond science'

Jericho Road Community Health Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Myron Glick
Credit www.jrm-buffalo.org

A Buffalo-based doctor, just back from Sierra Leone, says the governors of New York and New Jersey "went beyond science" in quarantining healthcare providers returning from West Africa.

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Breaking
2:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Possible explosion at Amherst business injures one

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Two alarms were called to an industrial park in Amherst Friday morning for a possible fire or explosion.

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60th State Senate Race
8:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidates debate in 60th Senate District

Mark Grisanti, Kevin Stocker and Marc Panepinto debated the issues in a televised event Thursday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The candidates in the competitive race for the 60th State Senate seat took part in a three-way debate Thursday night. Along with considerable mudslinging, some key issues were discussed.

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Local
7:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Occupants of sought-after Lexus cleared of wrongdoing

Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says the occupants of a sought-after Lexus have been cleared of wrongdoing.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The driver of the white Lexus being sought by Buffalo police has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with reported attempts to lure teenagers earlier this month.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Despite Ebola, Buffalo group continues its work

Heather Quinn (third from left) and Phebian Abdulai (center) in Sierra Leone
Credit Jericho Road website

Amid concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a local organization remains committed to opening a health clinic in one of the poorest communities in West Africa. And a former refugee from Sierra Leone, who lived in Buffalo, is behind the effort.

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