Chris Caya

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New York State Thruway Authority

High speed cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway could do more than help the environment. Removing toll barriers could also help boost economic development across the region. 

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Chris Caya WBFO News

A local donation drive for people in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey wrapped up Monday. Major Thomas Applin, Executive Director of the Salvation Army of Erie County says, the supplies headed south include bottled water, sheets, blankets and personal care items. 

"We're so grateful to this county for responding as they have. And I would say this is typical of our county. People wanting to help take care of people in other places," Applin said.

John R. Witt

Several more miles of the local waterfront will soon be open for the public to enjoy. Plans are moving forward for a riverfront pedestrian trail on Grand Island. 

Chris Caya WBFO News

A member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department has been honored for her outstanding contribution on a federal task force.

Buffalo.edu

A disease outbreak from flood waters in Texas is not likely. That's according to University at Buffalo Environmental Engineering Professor James Jensen, who gained expertise in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


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Though cashless tolls have yet to appear in Western New York, their possibilities are creating conversation among local officials. One elected leader believes the system could ease some of the long-term problems caused by the Williamsville toll booths.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A sculpture by local artist Larry Griffis Jr. has made the move from Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto to Buffalo's waterfront.

Elected leaders from all levels of government are teaming up to push for more cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway. Just last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Grand Island Toll booths will be replaced with an electronic system next year.

Mike Desmond WBFO News

There have been nearly a dozen tornadoes across Upstate New York this year - including one that touched down at the Erie County Fairgrounds last month - and more are expected.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A team of about a dozen volunteers from the University at Buffalo and the surrounding community are going door-to-door near UB's South Campus, in Buffalo, as part of 'Operation Doorhanger.'

Investigative Post

Dozens of property owners sitting on radioactive waste in Niagara Falls and Lewiston have been left in limbo.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Local drivers who travel the Skyway can expect delays, road closures and detours in the coming months. The New York State Department of Transportation is expecting to begin rehab work on the bridge over the Buffalo River in the coming months - and a public information meeting about the project is set for next week. But Congressman Brian Higgins is still calling for the Skyway's replacement.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officially opened its new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday.

nationalgeographic.com

Nearly 51 years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson spoke in downtown Buffalo about the importance of clean water and the need to save Lake Erie from pollution. Now local advocates are pushing to "Save the EPA."  

Chris Caya WBFO News

City Hall is teaming up with the private sector to help save the oldest tree in Buffalo.

Erie County Fair

As the "best 12 days of summer" closed Sunday night, the Erie County Fair reported its second-highest attendance in fair history.

Chris Caya WBFO News

More local agencies will be receiving funding to help fight the opioid epidemic.

Erie County would be required to buy American under legislation passed by county lawmakers Friday.

Chris Caya WBFO News

To help keep refugee resettlement agencies afloat under the federal travel ban the new 2017-2018 state budget includes $2 million for agencies across New York.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Niagara Falls Sewage Treatment plant is under a microscope once again. State regulators are investigating a second discharge from the plant into the lower Niagara River. 

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New York's hate crime laws would be strengthened under legislative changes known as the Charlottesville Provisions being advanced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Visitors heading to downtown Buffalo's growing waterfront will soon have an easier time not only locating Canalside. They will also see more useful information about the historic destination.
 

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Even though President Trump "missed the boat" by not denouncing the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists sooner, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says that it is important for leaders to speak out.

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Given the widespread use of cell phones among young people, researchers at St. Bonaventure will be looking at the impact that the technology is having on students in the classroom.

WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame unveiled its 35th annual class of inductees at the Buffalo History Museum on Wednesday.

pattayamail.com

The latest survey from Buffalo based M&T Bank shows small and mid-size businesses are growing more optimistic about the economy. But there are also signs of caution.

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Personal bankruptcy filings increased across the region last month.

43NORTH

To help boost entrepreneurship among women and minorities 43NORTH has announced plans for the 2nd Annual THE PITCH Business Plan Competition. This year's prize pool has nearly doubled to $50,000.

Niagara University

A new certificate program is being offered by Niagara University for professionals looking to enhance their electronic security skills.


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A cyberattack on the Erie County Medical Center's computer system could end up costing the hospital millions of dollars. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, ECMC decided to bear the cost rather than paying a ransom.

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