A new state park on Buffalo's waterfront is another step closer to reality. The NFTA's long-vacant property along Furhmann Boulevard is now in the hands of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
Special events planned for the 175th Erie County Fair in August include a high-wire act by daredevil Nik Wallenda and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's first solo concert at the fair in nearly 60 years.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes the Buffalo Bills will need a new stadium to remain viable in Western New York. That comment spurred quick reaction, including calls to ensure a transparent process as state officials explore spending hundreds of millions on a new home for the Bills.
Another milestone has been reached in the construction of HarborCenter. Exterior wall panels have started going up around the facility and crews are preparing the wood beams that will be installed to hold the roof up over the ice rinks.
After being rebuffed for several weeks dozens of local clergy showed up unannounced at Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's office to push for the reinstatement of a conditional release program at the county jail.
An effort to keep the Bills in Buffalo has gained the support of some former players, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed and kicker Steve Christie. They've joined the advisory board of the Buffalo Fan Alliance in an effort that allows fans to contribute to a fund that would lend to new ownership.
An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.
A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.
A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without a college degree.