Chris Caya

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4:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Concord standoff subject identified, charged with attempted murder

A bullet hole on the hood of an Erie County Sheriff's car.
Credit Erie County Sheriff's Department

A standoff described as an 'active shooting' in the Town of Concord ended Monday morning after a gunman fired shots at authorities responding to a domestic call on home Brown Hill Road Road Sunday night.

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Focus on Education
8:56 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Advocates launch effort to transfer more students out of failing city schools

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A campaign is getting underway to encourage parents to transfer their children out of failing Buffalo Public Schools.

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Local
12:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

County implements paperless property transactions

Real Property Director Joe Maciejewski says the new system will be more efficient and cost-effective.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new streamlined system is in place to speed up property transactions and save taxpayer dollars. Municipalities in Erie County can now receive Real Property transfer reports and deeds electronically.

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Local
2:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Legislator suggests loans rather than free college for inmates

Legislator Betty Jean Grant is proposing an alternative to free college for prison inmates.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A local lawmaker is proposing an alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prison inmates a free college education.

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Local
10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Digging out from March Blizzard 2014

Tonawanda resident snow blows heaving snow fall from blizzard Thursday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The March Blizzard that moved through the area Wednesday brought the season's snow total to more than 120.5 inches - which is about two-feet more than average. The storm also broke a few records. 

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Local
9:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

County's Social Services Department undegoes reorganization

Carol Dankert-Maurer, Commissioner of Social Services
Credit erie,gov

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the reorganization of the Department of Social Services is complete. The goal is to make the county's largest department more flexible and proactive.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Egriu challenging Higgins in congressional primary

Eddi Egrui announces his Congressional campaign in Buffalo.
Credit Photo provided by the Egrui campaign

Another candidate has entered this fall's congressional race in New York's 26th District. Buffalo businessman Emin "Eddie" Egriu announced his campaign on the City's East Side Monday afternoon.

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Local
7:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Man dies in auto repair shop fire

An automobile mechanic is dead after a car he was working on burst into flames Friday afternoon.

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Local
3:48 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Hamburg homeowner says protest sign is free speech right

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Hamburg man facing charges for posting a sign opposing the state's gun control law will get another day in court after a second town judge recused himself in the case.

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Local
5:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Common Core supporters could pay political price

State Senator Tim Kennedy says he is seeking new members for the Board of Regents.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Lawmakers dissatisfied with the rollout of the Common Core plan to "shake up" the State Education Department. Speculation is mounting that some members of the Board of Regents could lose their seats.

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Local
2:05 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Bevy of potholes stirs call for increased road funding

Motorists have been dealing with more potholes than usual this winter.
Credit File photo

With drivers hitting more and more potholes lately, local highway superintendents and state legislators are calling for more road funding.

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Focus on Education
3:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Brown says Guinn's hiring wasn't 'underhanded'

Mary Guinn says she is aware of the controversy surrounding her hiring.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Superintendent Pamela Brown says there was "nothing underhanded" about the hiring of Mary Guinn, Buffalo's new interim deputy schools superintendent.

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Local
9:56 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Texting while walking injuring 'clueless' pedestrians

Signs like this are beginning to go up in cities across the country.
Credit smartsign.com

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

It's not just texting and driving that can be hazardous to your health. Emergency room physicians are seeing a growing number of people injured from distracted walking.

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Local
1:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Advocates urge Senate to pass state's DREAM Act

Patty Ceravole of NYPIRG was among the advocates pushing for passage of the DREAM Act.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Students, labor leaders, and citizens' groups are calling on the State Senate to pass the New York DREAM Act, which would give undocumented youth access to state financial aid like the Tuition Assistance Program.

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Local
9:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Report finds telemarketers keep bulk of charity donations

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The latest "Pennies for Charity" report from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shows telemarketers are raking in the dough.

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Local
1:22 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New road report indicates rough ride for motorist

City of Buffalo crews filling potholes.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A new report released in Buffalo Wednesday finds almost half of all major roads and highways in New York "provide motorists with a rough ride."

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Local
9:25 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Legislators to go on record against inmate college plan

Credit File photo

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his plan for giving prison inmates a free college education during a stop this week in Amherst. But some local lawmakers aren't buying it.

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Environment
2:54 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Environmentalists voice concern about state's energy plan

Environmental activists gathered Tuesday to make their voices heard on the state's energy plan.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Local environmental activists are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to "move away from dirty and dangerous fossil fuels" in order to meet goals contained in a state energy plan.

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Business
10:07 am
Tue February 25, 2014

IBM picks Buffalo for 'deep research' facility

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown talk about the impact a new IBM facility will have on the city.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it is a "big win" to have IBM as the anchor tenant in the new Buffalo IT Innovation and Commercialization Hub.

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Local
8:38 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Buffalo rolls out new anti-crime efforts

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says 49 new Tahoes will be driven by Buffalo Police officers.
Credit Chris Caya/wbfo news

New public safety initiatives are set to be rolled out this year in the City of Buffalo, some of which are likely to raise privacy concerns.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers 9th annual State of the City Speech Friday afternoon.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.

Mayor Byron Brown's entire State of the City Speech.

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Local
2:48 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Pond hockey on new ice

7th Annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament underway with the grain mills in the back drop at RiverWorks on Ganson Street.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

The new RiverWorks on Ganson Street in Buffalo is now the site of the 7th Annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament.  The pond hockey games kicked off Friday morning along Buffalo's waterfront.

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Politics
9:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Congressman Collins outraged at Cuomo's free college ride for inmates

Inside Erie County Holding Center.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The blow-back continues over Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give convicts a free college education. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - legislation will be proposed on Capital Hill to bar Cuomo from funding the program with federal tax dollars.

 

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Buffalo Zoo
12:42 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Zoo breaks ground on polar bear exhibit

Construction equipment at site of future polar bear exhibit
Credit Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

Nearly four years after announcing plans, the Buffalo Zoo officially kicked-off construction Wednesday of its new Arctic Edge exhibit. 

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Local
11:37 am
Wed February 19, 2014

West Seneca prepares for potential flooding

Credit Photo from Google map

With the possibility of more flooding on the way West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says the town is on "high alert." It was just a little over a month ago that dozens of homes were severely damaged in the Lexington Green neighborhood.

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Cultural
4:13 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grants awarded to Explore & More, Roosevelt Site

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has awarded grants the Explore & More Children's Museum and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

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Local
12:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

CSEA workers reject fourth contract with Erie County

Members of the CSEA Local 815 have rejected another tentative contract negotiated with Erie County.

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Local
1:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Wallenda taking up summer residency at Darien Lake

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The "King of the High Wire" is returning to Western New York this summer for an extended stay.

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Sports
1:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sabres representing in Sochi, both on and off the ice

Gilbert with interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan, who is coaching Team Latvia in Sochi.
Credit Mike Gilbert's Twitter feed (@MGibbyGilbert)

Several members of the Buffalo Sabres organization are in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics, but not all will be playing hockey.

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Local
9:22 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Bomb threat disrupts school in two Niagara County districts

Outside Niagara Wheatfield where students were evacuated Monday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A bomb threat disrupted classes at Niagara Falls High School and in the Niagara Wheatfield School District yesterday. Students in Niagara Falls sheltered in place, while Niagara Wheatfield bused its students to a nearby shelter site.

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