Chris Caya

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3:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Plan calls for turning former country club into $238 million 'neighborhood'

Mensch Managing Partner Andrew Shaevel unveiled the proposed Westwood Neighborhood Thursday.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Westwood Country Club in Amherst could be the site of what is being called a "new traditional neighborhood."

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Cultural
10:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Buffalo River boat tour offers history lesson on water

A view from The River Queen
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The sound of cannon fire will mark the arrival of an historic tall ship on the downtown Buffalo waterfront Thursday as the nearly 200-foot-long U.S. Brig Niagara arrives at Canalside. The Niagara helped defeat six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. But that's not the only piece of history visitors will find on the city's waterfront. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new boat is providing narrated tours of the Buffalo River.

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Local
11:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Residents to help shape plan for Outer Harbor

Buffalo's undeveloped Outer Harbor

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The first of three public meetings this week on the future of Buffalo's Outer Harbor is being held Wednesday night. A master plan for the long-vacant property along Fuhrmann Boulevard is scheduled to be released this fall.

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Local
2:47 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Schumer suggests new veterans cemetery be named for 'Wild Bill' Donovan

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WBFO' Chris Caya reports

The state's next National Veterans Cemetery could be named for a military hero from Buffalo.

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Crime
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Man spared jail time in 'unusual' fatal DWI crash

Robert Styn was given probation in State Supreme Court Wednesday in the crash that killed Daniel McParlane.
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The West Seneca man involved in a crash that killed off-duty Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McParlane last November has been sentenced to probation.

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Local
8:26 am
Wed July 2, 2014

'Complex' negotiations continue on RiverBend project

Hopes remain intact for hundreds of new jobs at the RiverBend project.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After making celebratory announcements of plans to bring high-tech jobs to Buffalo, state officials appear to be toning down expectations.

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Health
3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Roswell Park again earns prestigious designation

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Dr. Donald Trump, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated the Roswell designation Tuesday in Buffalo.
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Following a vigorous review, the National Cancer Institute has renewed Roswell Park's Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant. The designation secures more than $19 million in federal funding for Roswell for another five years.

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Local
12:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wright's futuristic filling station finally opens

Frank Lloyd Wright's "Filling Station" on display at the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce Arrow Museum nearly 90 years after Wright drew up the plans.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Hundreds of people turned out Friday for the long-awaited unveiling of Frank Lloyd Wright's filling station at the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum.

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Local
9:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Russert exhibit en route to Buffalo History Museum

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A team from the Buffalo History Museum is driving back from Washington D.C. today with a new exhibit for the Elmwood Avenue landmark that features one of Buffalo's favorite sons. 

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Local
12:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Crane erected for high-profile Delaware/Chippewa project

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The steel frame for Delaware North's new corporate headquarters will start rising in downtown Buffalo next week.

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Local
5:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Top-off complete, HarborCenter construction moving to next phase

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The construction of HarborCenter has reached another milestone on Wednesday. The twin-rink hockey complex rising on the downtown Buffalo waterfront has now been "topped off." 

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Local
8:29 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Cuomo not bullish on new stadium for Bills

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is "not convinced" the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium.

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Local
4:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Smartphone Amber Alert first of its kind locally

The first Amber Alert sent to smartphones in the Buffalo area likely surprised many Western New Yorkers on Monday. 

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Local
4:23 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Cuomo: Trump not alone in pursuit of the Bills

Developer Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday said, that he "is the only potential owner of the Buffalo Bills who will keep the team in Buffalo where it belongs.

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Local
7:56 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Abusive deaths prompt state legislation

State Senator Tim Kennedy

Legislation has been approved in Albany that should help better protect children from abuse. 

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Local
8:25 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Medical marijuana law raises road safety concerns

Across New York more people were getting high and driving  long before the state legalized medicinal marijuana last week. In recent years there's been a dramatic increase in the number of people arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs.

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Local
1:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Senecas allocate $3 million to local tourism agency

Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder helped announce the $3 million marketing effort.
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The Seneca Gaming Corporation is making a significant financial commitment to help promote local tourism by providing $3 million in funding to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

YMCA may move to Gates Circle site

Many plans are being floated for the former Gates Circle location of Millard Fillmore Hospital, including a new YMCA.
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The redevelopment of the old Milliard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site may include a new YMCA. The new facility would replace the YMCA's building in North Buffalo which first opened on Delaware Avenue nearly 90 years ago.

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Local
11:49 am
Tue June 17, 2014

AmeriCorps tutoring program paying dividends

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A federal grant will help sustain a tutoring program for young school students in Buffalo.

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Local
8:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Higgins opposes sending troops to Iraq

While the White House considers sending American special forces soldiers to Iraq, political forces are beginning to take sides. Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins says he does not support sending troops back to the troubled country.

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Local
3:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Local leaders tout the benefits of public transportation

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Ahead of the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, regional leaders are encouraging residents to ride public transportation.

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Local
8:28 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Movement expected this week on medical marijuana

With the legislative session in Albany scheduled to end Thursday, a vote is possible on a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Some members of the region's delegation say they could support a bill, provided strict controls are attached.

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Local
9:02 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Legislators raise doubts over CPS plans

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in past news briefings on CPS reform with Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer
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The Poloncarz administration's reform plan for Child and Protective Services is "raising questions" among some Erie County legislators.

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Local
6:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Common Council's Police Oversight Committee meets for first time in years

Buffalo Police Commissioner Derenda.
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The Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee met for the first time in several years Tuesday at City Hall. The panel was reinstated after some recent high profile incidents involving city police officers.

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Business
10:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Power allocations helping local businesses add jobs

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Western New York economy is going to get another boost from the Niagara Power Project. More low-cost power will soon be flowing to support hundreds of local jobs.

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Health
2:59 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Rural/Metro institutes tobacco-free policy

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein celebrated Rural/Metro's new tobacco-free policy.
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Saturday marks "World No Tobacco Day" and to help celebrate, Rural/Metro has declared all of its properties tobacco-free.

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Local
4:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Poloncarz seeking to resume county borrowing

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to get the county back to borrowing on its own, not through the Control Board. The county comptroller, however, may not go along.

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Local
8:48 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Leaders promise to clean up Buffalo Police

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Officials with the Buffalo Police Department say they are working with the FBI to eliminate bad officers from its ranks. Three more officers were indicted Wednesday for the alleged use of excessive force against four young men in 2009.

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Local
9:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Three Buffalo police officers accused of using excessive force

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda (c.) and U.S. Attorney William Hochul (r.) outline the charges against the three officers.
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A federal grand jury has indicted three Buffalo Police officers for violating the civil rights of four teenagers.

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Local
8:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Common Council reinstates police oversight panel

Council members on Tuesday agreed to re-establish the Police Oversight Committee.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After several high-profile incidents, including a Buffalo Police officer caught on camera beating a handcuffed man, the Common Council has reinstated its Police Oversight Committee.

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